Since its founding in 1891, the Woman’s Century Club has provided annual scholarship support to deserving women through local colleges and universities.

The club today continues that tradition by awarding a scholarship each year to an outstanding junior woman student, at a Seattle-area college or university, who exemplifies the traditions of female leadership and service that our club’s founders sought to encourage. The scholarship is for $2,000; the recipient also receives a one-year membership in the Club.

Applications are accepted from April 1 to June 30. Click here to download the application form; if you have questions, contact our Benevolence and Scholarship Committee chair.

Club members interested in joining the committee are also invited to contact the chair.

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the Club’s 2013-14 scholarship: Christine Kimiko Ito.

Christine is an early childhood and family studies major at the University of Washington. She plans to continue on to earn a master’s degree in education and to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. Christine demonstrates the values and high standards of the Woman’s Century Club in her excellence in the classroom and beyond. She has served as an educator’s intern at MOHAI and been a literacy volunteer in tribal communities in Washington State through alternative spring break programs.

Christine comes well recommended for the club’s scholarship. Her letter of reference from a program adviser at the UW states that Christine “not only wants to be an educator, she aspires to be a truly remarkable presence in the lives of the young people with whom she works. Christine accomplishes it all with high scholastic ability as well; I am consistently impressed by her pursuit of knowledge and dedication to academic achievement by her quarterly presence on the Dean’s List. I can honestly say that I have never met anyone with the drive, patience and creativity that Christine brings to this journey.”

Christine states that her ambition in life is to teach, motivate, and “nurture our upcoming generation with warmth, compassion, cultural appreciation, life-long learning, and multiplication tables–of course.”

In addition to her busy schedule of academic and social-action activities and holding three jobs, Christine was crowned “Japanese Queen of Washington” in May 2013 and represented the Seattle Japanese community in the Seafair Scholarship Program over the past summer.

Christine will receive her scholarship check and a year’s membership in the Club at the Fall Reception on October 18.

Learn about some of our previous scholarship winners.