March 13, 2014


Progressive Women of North Alabama Club Offers Scholarship through NACC Foundation

The Progressive Women of North Alabama Club is once again offering a scholarship, through NACC’s Foundation, for students attending Northeast Alabama Community College. This group is composed of professional, dedicated democratic and progressive women from DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall Counties.

The scholarship will be open to any female student who meets the acceptance requirements of NACC. Applicants can be recent high school graduates, women who are already attending college, or women who are returning to school after some life experiences. An essay and interview will also be part of the application process.

Dr. Toni McGriff, the club’s chair of their scholarship committee, stated, “We want to empower women to make smart decisions, whether it is straight out of high school or later in life. PWNA was able to give four scholarships in 2013 and we look forward to meeting this year's applicants.”

Other members of the scholarship committee are Margaret Baker and Vice-President Karole Ohme. Club members spoke of a quote by President Barak Obama that states, “We must carry forward the work of women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter.” Susan Barron, NACC Director of High School Relations and Event Planning stated, “It is often difficult for women entering college later in life to balance both college and work. This is a great opportunity for those students and all female students.”

The club is continuing to sell cookbooks to provide funding for this scholarship. The Southern Legacy cookbook is a collection of recipes provided by the ladies of DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall Counties. It recognizes and tells a story of many Alabama women who worked and made improvements for women today. Cookbooks can be purchased at Wimberly House in Scottsboro, The Furniture Shoppe in Henagar, Kamama Gallery and The Gourdie Shop in Mentone, Big Mill Bistro and DeKalb County Library in Fort Payne, Burke & Beuoy Law Firm in Arab, Deb’s Gifts and Merle Norman Studio in Rainsville. The books can also be purchased from any club member.

For more information about this scholarship please visit, contact Susan Webb at college ext. 2248 or email If you are interested in funding a scholarship or making a donation please contact Heather Rice at ext. 2301 or

Dr. Toni McGriff, Chair of the Progressive Women of North Alabama Club, explains the application to NACC student Paige McElroy. Any female student who meets the admission requirements of NACC is welcome to apply.