Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Scholarship

The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund was created to ennoble, empower and uplift young girls and women. Jacob Godfrey Schmidlapp created the fund to memorialize his daughter, who was killed at the age of nineteen in an automobile accident while touring France. He wanted other women to have the same opportunities in life that he would have afforded for Charlotte.

In 1908, while women around the world were fighting to attain the most basic rights, Jacob Schmidlapp was working to ensure their futures. What started as a $250,000 fund has grown to almost $30 million in assets. It began by awarding interest-free loans to aid young women in pursuit of higher education. In 1919, the fund gifted its first award to a not-for-profit organization, the YWCA.

Nearly 100 years later, the fund is still supporting the work of the YWCA. In 2008, the Charlotte Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship was created to provide financial support to women who are participating in YWCA programs to complete their educations in order to secure employment and financial stability and achieve independence and self-sufficiency.

The 2017 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship Award winner was recognized at the YWCA Annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 10, 2017.


2017 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship Recipient

RahShawn Hill

Brown Mackie College

RahShawn Hill is determined to create a better life for her children, passionate about being a role model that will inspire her kids to pursue their dreams of higher education. The single mother of six arrived at the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter in December. She is a full-time student at Brown Mackie College poised to earn her LPN degree this year. It’s also her sixth year working full time as a CNA at Rosedale Green in Covington. The next step is to earn her RN degree.

For many, juggling a full-time job with a full load of classes is a seemingly impossible task. RahShawn’s day begins at 5 a.m. when she starts preparations to shuttle the children to school and day care. While it is tiring, she says, “The will to succeed outweighs the long hours of studying and working every day and every night. I want to better myself first and foremost so I can then be a stronger me for my children.”

RahShawn is excited about her career path and the ability to better care for herself and her children. Once she obtains her LPN degree she hopes to enroll in the Christ Hospital School of Nursing. 

Past Scholarship winners:

Year Name 
2016 Angel Raquel Bush
2015Francesca Mazzucca
2014Kelly Schierloh  
2013Rose Morgan 
2012Brittany Weakley
2011Angela Lewis 
2010Yvonne Bradley 
2009 Vikki A. Kimbrough 
2008 Ryan Byes




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