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.
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 2020 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship Award winner will be recognized at the YWCA’s 41st Annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on October 20, 2020.
2020 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship Recipient
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
Bree is an active volunteer with the YWCA’s Project CARE (Community, Accessibility, Responsiveness and Education). Through her service, Bree discovered a passion for helping others. She has invested the past two years providing supportive services to individuals with disabilities who have been impacted by or at risk for domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Bree teaches healthy and safe sexuality courses, runs a support group and assists with managing the self-advocacy team. She can easily relate to the women in the program. Bree has Cerebral Palsy.
Often working three jobs to support herself, Bree now brings her gift of leadership and a deep- seated perseverance to a new direction and calling. “Working with the YWCA’s Project CARE program has ignited a passion for social services and illuminated a path to achieve that. I’ve been a lifelong advocate, but at Project CARE we see the results of that advocacy in our immediate reality. It has become clear to me that returning to college to obtain my Bachelor’s in Social Work will be essential in continuing to help others while creating a more secure and sustainable life for myself.”
Thanks to the financial assistance, Bree is now pursuing her dream, beginning at Cincinnati State Community and Technical College.
Past Scholarship winners:
2019 Gina Armacost
2018 Beverly Hector
2017 Rashawn Hill
2016 Angel Raquel Bush
2015 Francesca Mazzucca
2014 Kelly Schierloh
2013 Rose Morgan
2012 Brittany Weakley
2011 Angela Lewis
2010 Yvonne Bradley
2009 Vikki A. Kimbrough
2008 Ryan Byes