As Women Executives, we are committed to powerful relationships that support the best of who we are in our careers and lives. One of our goals is to encourage other women in their educational endeavors in the Charlotte area. We created the WINGS scholarship program in 1996 to be the sole philanthropic venture of Women Executives.
WINGS Scholarship and Mentoring Program
Women Initiating and Nurturing Growth through Scholarships (WINGS) is a life-changing scholarship and mentoring program for non-traditional students at Charlotte area universities offered by Women Executives (WE). WINGS provides scholarship and mentoring support for undergraduate students, 25 years or older, who are pursuing higher education to improve their lives.
WINGS funds 25 scholars each year. Scholars attend Central Piedmont Community College, UNC Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, Queens University and Johnson & Wales University.
To harness the power and resources of Women Executives to support the upward mobility of WINGS Scholars.
To create pathways of opportunity for women and all who support women in the pursuit of a higher education degree.
Almost 30 Years of Impact
- A graduation rate of over 75% compared to 60% for four-year colleges and 28% for two-year colleges.
- 64% first in their family to earn a college degree
- "More empowered and confident" state WINGS Scholars
- Provided almost $1MM in scholarships and countless volunteer hours.
- Helped Scholars earn over 140 college degrees.
- Building a lifetime of Social Capital - Scholars network with Women Executives for connections to job opportunities, internships, resources and professional development that are ongoing as they become alumni of WINGS.
Creating Economic Empowerment
- WINGS Scholars receive $5,000 per year for a four-year institution, or $2,500 per year for a two-year institution until graduation (if minimum GPA and credit hour requirements are maintained).
- Scholars are selected based on having a clear financial need.
- Laptop provided for each scholar.
Advancing Social Capital/Mobility
- Each WINGS scholar has a mentor from Women Executives
- WINGS Champion resources and support.
Developing Next Gen Leaders
- Ongoing personal and professional development and networking opportunities that continue to be available after graduation.
75% of scholars identity as non-white.
70% of scholars are Moms with dependent children.