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The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is proud to offer scholarship programs through the Munk/Human Scholarship. This scholarship will be offered to women returning to secondary education in 2020.

Scholarship Qualifications

  • Potential recipients must be non-traditional female students pursuing a higher education, with ties to Niagara County. The Committee will use the National Center for Educational Statistics’ definition of a non-traditional student (including but not limited to full or part-time students).
  • Students pursuing any higher education following high school or achievement of a HSE/GED will be considered for award. This includes, but is not limited to, students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or associate’s degree, as well as accreditation and certification programs.
  • Students residing in Niagara County or who have used the services of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will be given preference.

Students residing in Niagara County or who have used the services of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will be given preference.

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier Munk/Human Memorial Trust Scholarship Application Form

  • Application Essay

    Write a brief (250 words or less) essay that focuses on the topics noted in the following questions. Also include any other information you consider pertinent.

    Why is furthering your education important to you, and what are your plans for using your education after you graduate? What are your personal and professional goals and how will your goals benefit the community?

    Why do you feel you should be selected to receive this scholarship? Include a statement describing the qualities you possess that make you a deserving candidate, and a statement regarding financial factors that should be considered.

  • Attachments

    Please attach a copy of acceptance at secondary education institution and/or transcript from preceding semester if currently enrolled.

  • Applicant Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Educational Record

  • Other Institutions Previously Attended (Optional)

  • Institution NameDates of Attendance 
  • Employment and Income

  • Publicity

  • The undersigned hereby certifies that the information provided on this application, including attachments, is true to the best of her knowledge.

Watch Our Progress!

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is on the brink of opening the doors of yet another innovative project that will enhance the lives of women and the community in which they reside.  It is the latest in a series of life-altering programs and projects introduced by the YW over the years, with a goal of improving the lives of women living in WNY.

The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and its forerunners have a 125 year history of engagement in and with their communities, evolving with the needs of the times and consistently supporting the mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.  A result of the 2015 merger of the YWCA of Niagara and the YWCA of the Tonawanda’s, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier has strengthened its portfolio, increasing its effectiveness within the broader geographical footprint.

Building on its recognized history and experience of providing shelter for victims of domestic violence and transitional and permanent housing for women (and their children) without a place to call home, the YWCA is now constructing a 12 apartment permanent housing complex with a social enterprise component to help women avoid homelessness and escape family valence. It will be the YWCA’s first supportive housing enterprise for single women.

Each resident will have their own (approximately 500 sq. ft.) furnished apartment, with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and sitting area.  There will be communal laundry facilities, exercise, and relaxation space. A protected garden green space and patio will provide respite during more user-friendly outdoor months. Equally important are the services available to the residents and also to area low income women who would benefit from them, such as case management, trauma informed individual and group counseling, safety planning, court accompaniment, life and/or job skill training with on-site employment opportunities, financial literacy advocacy, responsible tenant and homeownership counsel, and client-specific information and referrals.  

The ground floor of the historic, refurbished building will feature a café/coffee shop, providing refreshment for the community and residents at the Tremont apartments.  YW’s commercial enterprise will also provide residents with on-site workforce training and employment opportunities, a model that has proven successful for the YW and its clients, as it also indirectly supports businesses by enhancing the NT shopping experience.  The café will feature seasonal-appropriate outside seating.

The YWCA is currently seeking sponsors to help meet the funding needs for the Café, programs and residences.  Please contact CEO, Kathleen Granchelli, for more information about sponsorship opportunities at or 716 433 6714 ext. 212.

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