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Mothers – You CAN get help to go back to School

Mar 09, 2017 03:49PM ● By Anita Malik

The Geneva Women's Club will be awarding the first Allison Thomas Scholarship of $1000 to a Fox Valley-Tri Cities area mom to support her dreams of pursuing an education that will allow her to better provide for herself and her family.

This scholarship is named after a former member who volunteered for over 14 years with the Geneva Women's Club. While Allison Thomas volunteered her time to her community, she also struggled through a life-changing event. She chose to return to school to recertify as an Illinois educator. Life was a struggle as she had to balance working three jobs and raising three boys alone. The Geneva Women's Club recognizes that there are other women who have similar challenges and wants to help these women attain the education they need to succeed.

Applicant Criteria is as follows:

Must be a mother over the age of 26 with minor child/ren

Must be pursuing additional education toward a specific degree or certification

Must be enrolled in accredited institution or program during the 2017 academic year

Must live within the Fox Valley, Tri Cities Area

Proof of residence (driver’s license, utility bill)

Copy of FAFSA Application


Applications can be submitted by e-mail or regular mail to

Geneva Women’s Club
ATT: Allison Thomas Scholarship
PO Box 294
Geneva, IL 60134

About the Geneva Women’s Club –

Geneva Women’s Club is about Friends, Family and Philanthropy. Founded in 1940 as the Young Mother's Club of Geneva, the organization went through name changes over the years and in in 2014 the group officially became Geneva Women's Club, a name that better represented its membership. 

Geneva Women's Club is proud of their legacy of service and excited for what each new member might bring to their efforts. If you would like to learn more, please visit their website at and consider attending an upcoming event. There’s always something fun happening.

Pictured left to right: Kim Byrne, Tiffany Hughes, Julie Ford, Suzanne Spry, Lisa Rieck, Rosalind Lusk, Cynthia Miller and Allison Thomas