The mission of the Women's Council is to endow scholarships for women based on leadership and
academic excellence, build a mentoring program, and provide services and resources that support
the women of Washtenaw Community College.
The annual Women's Council luncheon raises money to support this mission by honoring women who
have a made significant contributions to the Washtenaw County community.
To ensure the goals of their mission are met, the WCC Foundation Women's Council has held, since 1997, an annual luncheon, raising $500,000 to date to support the following areas.
WCC Foundation Women's Council
Established with the funds from the very first 1997
Women's Council Luncheon, offers a scholarship to
female WCC students with proven leadership and
focused educational paths. One of the students receiving
this scholarship speaks at the annual May luncheon.
Grants to the WCC Student
Resource and Women's Center
The Student Resource and Women's Center (SRWC)
case management services
advising, career advising,
financial and educational
planning, grant funding
for childcare, tuition,
books and transportation,
and community resource
connections primarily for
special populations. The SRWC serves all students at
Washtenaw Community College, but is especially sensitive
to the needs of special populations which are
defined as single parents, displaced homemakers, economically
disadvantaged students and gender equity.
Note: Quality childcare is one of the most significant
barriers to the pursuit of
for poor working families
(poor single mothers).
The SRWC was able to
provide $25,282.00 to
57 recipients. 93% of them
were able to continue on to
their next semester.
The WCC Mentoring for Success
Program developed through the
Student Resource & Women's
Center has been recognized as a
best practices model for success in
Peer to Peer Mentoring for
incoming nursing students to help
them navigate the barriers and
successfully complete the program.
Professional Mentoring program is a collaboration of
the SRWC and professionals
from various occupations in the
community connecting with
students through a mentoring
event and activities each year. This
allows for sharing of first-hand
knowledge, direct questions and
Women in Science and Engineering mentoring group provides "relevant real world"
advice and access to professional
networks in the field the
student is aspiring to pursue as
a four year degree.
The WCC Foundation
The WCC Foundation Women's
Council Endowed Emergency
Fund is to be used by the Student
Resource & Women's Center to
assist students who are nearing
completion of their programs and
are faced with an emergency need which may act as a barrier
to their progress and success. These needs might include help
avoiding eviction or a utility shutoff, or even purchasing a pair
Chair of the Council
Patricia A. Berry