Women’s Impact Network Raises $83,000 for Eagle County Scholarships

Left to right, Women’s Impact Network founders Allison Krausen and Jennifer Ebner pose with Ajoyah Brown, Ana Garcia and Wilson Elliott at the Women’s Impact Network May Scholarship event at Harvest in Edwards.
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Being a senior can be stressful. Figuring out your life’s path and how to pay for college can be even more daunting, but for three Eagle County graduates, their futures are bright with help from the Women’s Impact Network and $83,000 in scholarships.

WIN was founded by Edwards residents Jennifer Ebner and Allison Krausen. Ebner had been involved with a similar charity in Denver called Impact100.

“Impact100’s approach to collective giving was a great platform for donors like me, who never know exactly how the donation will be used,” Ebner said. “With this model, I know that every dollar donated goes directly to a student, and the combined donations equal a truly impactful scholarship for each student.”

Ebner and Krausen assembled a group of changemakers last November and told them about WIN, and by the end of the evening, 20 people had signed up and started writing checks.

Each member donates $1,000 on an annual basis, with 100% of the tax-deductible donation going directly to the scholarship fund. Members meet annually to determine scholarship criteria and may then be involved in the review of applications, interviews and the selection process. The money is then distributed to local scholarship applicants.

Dollars goes even further with the help and collaboration of YouthPower365’s Vail Valley Foundation’s Dollars for Scholars program. VVF handles the administration of the scholarships at no cost, which means that every dollar raised goes to the students, with the funds going directly to the school at which they enroll.

The amount was divided and awarded to three outstanding Eagle County graduates, who were briefed and invited to attend a reception with Harvest donors at the Sonnenalp Club in Edwards in May.

The scholarships will see Ana Garcia earn a degree in allied health at Azusa Pacific University, Ajoyah Brown a degree in nurse midwifery at the University of Colorado Denver, and Wilson Elliot a business degree with a potential minor in fine arts at the University of Colorado Boulder.

WIN’s commitment does not end with a scholarship. The nonprofit organization plans to build on this momentum and create a network of members, students, and graduate scholars. WIN also hopes to host social gatherings, host a speaker series, and provide volunteer opportunities.

Applications for the next grant cycle will be accepted beginning in January 2023. To apply, visit YouthPower365.org/Program/Dollars-For-Scholars/. If you would like to become a member, please email [email protected]. To learn more about the Women’s Impact Network of Eagle County, visit WINofEC.com.

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