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. Scholarship applications were due May 15, but thanks for your interest.
For information about the AWC National Conference, visit the conference page here.
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.
The Foundation conducts:
- The Certified Communications Professional (CCP) Program to recognize individual communication excellence and promote career advancement
- Awards programs including: the Edith Wortman First Amendment Award, Helen Duhamel Achievement Award and Advancement of Women Award
- Sessions that support, educate and promote communicators, especially at the AWC professional conferences
- Student scholarships for national AWC Conferences
- Special efforts like the 100th Anniversary DVD for the 2009 conference
- Special projects as needs arise.
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.