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 2018 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship Award winner will be recognized at the YWCA Annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 9, 2018.
2018 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund Scholarship Recipient
Beverly Hector is a single mother who has benefitted from three YWCA programs. She began her relationship with the YWCA Workforce Development Program while 18 and pregnant. Beverly participated financial literacy classes and earned her GED shortly after starting education classes. After fleeing an abusive relationship with her son’s father, she found safety in one of the Domestic Violence Shelters operated by the YWCA. There, she discovered not just protection, but encouragement to follow her dreams, especially since she is estranged from her family and lacks a support system. “We believe in her and she knows she has a ‘family’ of support for her journey,” says her shelter advocate, Lisa Strode.
Beverly began her studies at Chatfield College in the spring of 2017 with an unwavering goal of becoming a social worker. She’s determined not to live paycheck to paycheck. She believes that earning a college degree will position her as a role model of strength for her son, leaving behind a family history of poverty, depression and anxiety. Her mission is to erase the stigma that single mothers can’t be successful. “I want my son to remember his mommy as always being in school, mommy still got her education when everything else failed, and mommy didn’t give up.”
Past Scholarship winners:
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