UCA women’s group presents 2017-18 grants

The Women’s Giving Circle at the University of Central Arkansas recently awarded five grants that focus on development opportunities for women and girls during the annual Grant Awards Luncheon. 

The Women’s Giving Circle received 10 applications. Grant awards ranged from $700 to $1,500.

Established in 2014, the Women’s Giving Circle encourages unique learning and leadership development opportunities that will enrich the lives of women and girls. Through the financial support of its members, the WGC dedicates resources to award grant funds from women to women, focusing on projects and programs benefiting women and girls. 

The 2017-18 UCA Women’s Giving Circle grantees:

Reshape Your Mindset! Power of Growth Mindset for Girls with Reading Deficits – $1,500


  • Caylin Thompson, UCA student
  • The grant will be used toward a study that will explore the contribution of growth mindset to learning performance and motivation of girls with reading deficits along with the benefits of involvement of female undergraduate students and community. 

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference – $1,000



  • Trisha Cowen, visiting assistant professor, and Sandy Longhorn, assistant professor
  • The grant will be used to help pay for a keynote speaker at the conference. This conference focuses on women writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors and beyond.   


Where Two Roads Meet: Lived Experiences of Mother-Students Balancing Home and School – $1,000


  • Anita Sego, assistant professor and Denise Demers, assistant professor
  • The grant will be used to help fund a study that will gain a more in-depth insight into how mother-students balance the demands of both home and school simultaneously.


Women in Technology – $800


  • Mary Condit, Arkansas Coding Academy director
  • The grant will be used for scholarships for women who are going through any of the programs at the Arkansas Coding Academy.


Tell Your Stories: Community Writing Workshops for Women and Girls in Faulkner County- $700


  • Jennie Case, assistant professor
  • The grant will be used toward hosting a series of creative writing workshops designed for underserved girls and women in the Faulkner County community.


For more information or to join the Women’s Giving Circle, visit uca.edu/go/WGC.