Verna Trushel Displaced Homemakers' Scholarship
The Verna Trushel Displaced Homemakers’ Scholarship was established in 1987 to assist persons forced to seek paid employment to support themselves and their dependents.
By definition, a displaced homemaker is someone who:
- has not worked in the labor force for a substantial number of years, but has worked in the home providing unpaid services for family members, or
- has been dependent on public assistance or on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income, or
- is receiving public assistance due to having dependent children in the home, especially where such assistance will soon be terminated, and
- is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
This particular scholarship is provided to support the displaced homemaker who desires to enhance employment opportunities by completing academic coursework. An individual may be seeking compensated employment for the first time or after years of being primarily a homemaker. Financial restrictions are often a substantial hurdle facing individuals confronted with this career change. The scholarship provides funds to help make the transition possible.
Candidates must have completed 30 undergraduate credit hours applicable toward graduation at an accredited institution of higher education by the end of fall semester 2020, earned at least a 2.2 grade point average, and must be currently enrolled at The University of Akron. Applicants must have completed a current FAFSA.
Selection is done on the basis of a written application, which includes a statement of educational plan and career goals, a resume, and three reference letters. Funds may be used for tuition and educational expenses.
A committee selected for their expertise regarding the needs of a displaced homemaker, and with the counsel of The University of Akron’s Student Financial Aid Office, awards these funds. UA Adult Focus is in charge of administering the Verna Trushel Displaced Homemakers’ Scholarship, acting with the guidance of the advisory committee.