Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 Women of Distinction and Woman of Promise
Nominees for Woman of Distinction should be women who have made significant achievements as leaders or pioneers in their profession, and who are considered innovators of unique programs and services, and advocates for issues relating to women. These women should exhibit excellence, ingenuity, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service within the Alachua and Bradford County areas. Nominees should be willing and committed to partnering with Santa Fe College in supporting our diverse student population through advocacy, education, professional development and philanthropy.
Nominees for Woman of Promise should be young women between the ages of 16 and 21 who demonstrate character, achievement and leadership in Alachua or Bradford County. Nominees should be willing to partner with Santa Fe College in encouraging excellence, education and community service with our student population. They should also be willing to represent Santa Fe College at various events throughout the following year.
Nominations are reviewed by a bi-county panel of judges and the finalists will be honored by Santa Fe College in March 2017. Nominations must be received by November 15, 2016. Additional information is available by calling 352-395-5201 or by email at email@example.com.
A Little History!
Santa Fe College celebrates Women’s History Month in March with an annual ceremony recognizing “Women of Distinction” who have demonstrated unique achievements in the arts, business, industry, science, environment, medicine, education, government, social services, human rights, history, sports, agriculture, humanities, community service or philanthropy in either Alachua or Bradford County. These women are representative of what every woman does on an average day – juggling schedules between career and family, community service and philanthropic work. It is SF’s honor to celebrate these special women in our community.
“One of the bedrocks of this institution is the acknowledgement of outstanding women leaders in our community,” stated Santa Fe President Jackson Sasser.
In 1987, Dr. Ann Bromley, coordinator of women’s programs and special projects at Santa Fe College, sought to develop a program that would provide recognition and visibility to women for their contributions of time and talent. A committee was formed and the “Women of Distinction” honor began. Since its inception, Santa Fe College has bestowed the Woman of Distinction honor to over 160 remarkable women. In 2000, the committee created a special “Millennium Woman of Distinction” award and chose two previous recipients for the honor. Rosa B. Williams (Alachua County) and Joyce D. Riherd (Bradford County) were chosen for their tireless efforts on improving life for indigent people in their communities.
In 2006, the “Woman of Promise” category was added to honor outstanding up-and-coming young women for leadership in their community and civic involvement. So far, 13 young ladies have received this honor.
In 2014, the Women of Distinction honorees raised over $50,000 to establish the first Woman of Distinction Scholarship fund. The first award was given to a non-traditional student for the 2015-16 academic year. The second award will be given at the March 2016 event to a young woman who is just beginning her educational journey. The group is currently raising additional funds to increase the endowment so that an award can be presented each year in perpetuity.
Do you have someone you would like to honor with a permanent legacy? Ask us how! Contact Teri McClellan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-395-5201.