Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927-2002) served in the US Congress from 1965-1976 and again from 1990-2002, where she represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. The first woman of color elected to the US House of Representatives, she worked tirelessly for civil rights, women’s rights, economic justice, civil liberties, peace, and the integrity of the democratic process. Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink’s most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children.
In 2012, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $2000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training.
In 2012, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $2000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program. Awardees are notified by phone or email. Shortly after recipient notification, the list of awardees is posted on this site. (Please note: The Foundation will contact awardees only. We are not able to contact each applicant about the status of her application.)
- must be a woman, at least 17 years of age
- must be a mother, with minor children
- must be enrolled in a skills training, ESL, or GED program; or pursuing a technical/vocational degree, an associate’s degree, a first bachelor’s degree, or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree.
- must be enrolled in an accredited program during the 2010-2011 academic year
- must be low-income (annual family income less than $17,500 for a family of 2; $22,000 for a family of 3; $26,500 for a family of 4)