The Designing Women Foundation
concerns itself with education in general, and literacy in specific, as a means by which young people — particularly young women — can enrich their lives and their opportunities.
Each year, the Foundation gives out $4,000 to $6,000 in college and vocational scholarships based on merit and need, regardless of age, race or religion. In addition, it distributes hundreds of dollars in prizes and incentives to Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High students who achieve goals in the Foundation’s reading program, the Charlie Classics.
The Designing Women Foundation (DWF) was started in 2009 as a companion organization to the Claudia Foundation, which was begun in 1989 by television writer, producer and director Linda Bloodworth Thomason, creator of the long-running series “Designing Women” and other popular shows.
Among other activities, DWF operates the Charlie Classics Reading Program, which started in 1991 under the Claudia Foundation and is named for Linda Bloodworth Thomason’s grandfather. The Charlie Classics program has exposed more than 30,000 local junior and senior high school students to teacher-approved great books and has awarded 64 college scholarships worth an average $1,000 each.
Part of DWF’s mission is to champion young people “at risk.” With that in mind, the Foundation this year co-sponsored five scholarships to young women entering college after graduation from the Sierra-Osage Treatment Center near Poplar Bluff. The center counsels and trains young people sent there by the courts. DWF intends to continue and expand its involvement with that program.
The Designing Women Foundation is registered with state and federal authorities as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit. We hope you will help support the activities of DWF in 2012; we invite you to watch for news of our programs, our scholarship recipients and our special events.