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Welcome

Welcome to the AWC Matrix Foundation website!  The AWC Matrix Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt foundation under the IRS code, was established in 1998 as the educational affiliate of The Association for Women in Communication. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Foundation Offers Student Scholarships to 2015 AWC National Conference

The Barbara Ericksen Memorial Fund was created by the AWC Matrix Foundation to assist in sending AWC student members to the AWC National Conferences. The upcoming AWC National Conference, October 9-10, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri, will provide the opportunity for student members to connect with other student members, meet professional members from across the country, and learn from some of the best in the business about leadership, entrepreneurship and communication technology.

Student chapters that boast a shining star that the chapter adviser believes would benefit from attending the conference should encourage them to apply for the Barbara Ericksen Scholarship. Scholarship funding from the Foundation covers the cost of conference registration, which this year is $175 for students. A shared hotel room, most meals and a travel stipend also are provided. Each scholarship recipient, after attending the conference, is asked to write an article summarizing her conference experience for posting to the AWC Matrix Foundation website along with a photo. Publication of the article in the local student newspaper, community newspaper and/or department newsletter also is encouraged.

Please complete the Scholarship Application available here and return it (via email or USPS) with the applicant’s letter of recommendation from the student chapter adviser or the university/college’s communications instructor by the close of business Friday, May 15. The directors of the AWC Matrix Foundation will review submitted applications at its May board meeting and make a decision on its scholarship recipient(s) from spring applicants.

Applications should be sent to Karen (Stewart) Spica, APR, Chair, The AWC Matrix Foundation at mail@matrixfoundation.org (Subject: AWC-MF Conference Scholarship) or mailed to the chair at 29825 Harrow Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Questions may be submitted via email as well.

To read about the Barbara Ericksen Memorial Fund, view our awards page here.

For information about the AWC National Conference, visit the conference page here.

The AWC Matrix Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt foundation under the IRS Code and was founded as the education affiliate of the Association for Women in Communications. All donations to the foundation are tax deductible. The mission of the foundation is to promote the advancement of women in the communications profession by providing funds for education, research and publications.

Some May Ask: Why Have An AWC Matrix Foundation?

Recognizing the need for an entity to accept and administer tax-exempt donations for the benefit of AWC members, several longstanding AWC members established the AWC Matrix Foundation in 1998 to help promote the advancement of women in the communications profession by providing funds for education, research and publications.  Included with its main purpose is the requirement that the Foundation meet IRS 501(c) 3 tax exempt code requirements. That designation makes it possible for any individual or organization to make a tax deductible donation to further the Foundation’s work.

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Learn more about the AWC Matrix Foundation here.

Because the Foundation’s work goes on continually, donations are always welcome. Find out how you can Make a Mark on the AWC Matrix Foundation.

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