DALLAS, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) and Mary Kay Inc., two of Dallas' most philanthropic organizations, are proud to announce that the third annual Women LEAD (Learn · Excel · Achieve · Dream) Scholarship Program is expanding to include two new schools. The program aids female high school students in pursuing their dreams of higher education and creates opportunities for future women leaders.
This year, the program will be accessible to more students than ever. In its first two years, the program worked exclusively with Emmett J. Conrad High School. In 2016, the program has expanded to include Thomas Jefferson High School and South Oak Cliff High School. Judges of the 2016 program include: David Brown, Dallas Police Chief; and Meredith Mosley, Junior League of Dallas President; and Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. WFAA Anchor Cynthia Izaguirre will serve as emcee.
"We've seen how this program impacts young women's futures and their capacities to be leaders, and we are so thrilled with the growth of this program," said Junior League of Dallas President Meredith Mosley. "Those who participate not only have a chance for a scholarship but also are able to refine their writing and public speaking skills. I look forward to seeing how the program continues to develop each year."
Established in 2013, in collaboration with Mary Kay Inc. and inspired by its founder Mary Kay Ash, the Women LEAD (Learn · Excel · Achieve · Dream) Scholarship Program awards $25,000 in funding each year to four deserving college-bound women. Applicants must possess a 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year, plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university, and have a record of service to both their school and community.
From the applications received, 10 finalists are chosen to compete in a speech competition at 6:30 p.m. on March 31, 2016 at the Junior League Headquarters. Competitors will have a chance at the grand prize – a $10,000 college scholarship or one of three $5,000 scholarships.
"Mary Kay's mission of enriching women's lives comes to life through the Women LEAD Scholarship Program by promoting the next generation of women leaders," said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. "In partnership with the Junior League of Dallas, we are thrilled with the growth and success of this program in celebrating these young women as they develop into the future leaders of our community."
To learn more, please visit www.jld.net.
About Junior League of Dallas
The Junior League of Dallas is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Founded in 1922, the Junior League of Dallas trains members for effective participation in the community and is dedicated to the belief that volunteer service is an essential part of responsible citizenship. Whether tutoring students, rocking infants, building homes or serving on non-profit boards or coalitions, the 5,000 Junior League members provide more than 130,000 hours of community service each year, while making sure that each donated dollar works it hardest to help those in Dallas who need it most. Active members range in age from 22 to 49 and 74 percent are employed outside of the home. For more information, please visit www.jld.net.
About Mary Kay Inc.
Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For more than 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3.5 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $4 billion in global annual sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. Discover what there is to love about Mary Kay by connecting with a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant at marykay.com.
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