An annual endowed college scholarship to the sum of $12,400 was announced Thursday during a gathering at Hixson High School.
Cindy Monroe graduated from Hixson High School in 1992. She is now CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, a direct selling company of functional fashion accessories, totes and organizing solutions in the U.S.
The Cindy Monroe Values and Visions scholarship ($3,100 per year for four years) is offered to junior and senior high school girls who attend Hamilton County schools (both public and private).
A check of $31,000 was presented on Thursday as an initial endowment of the fund.
According to a release from the company, the scholarship will be awarded annually to a girl in the greater Chattanooga area who shares Monroe's passion for "dreaming big and helping others."
Applicants must be prepared to answer questions involving relationships, leadership and community.
The application cycle begins on Oct. 31 with a deadline of Jan. 31. The recipient will be notified by May 31.
Thirty-One Gifts—started in Chattanooga—is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It now offers employment to more than 1800 employees and is the 18th largest direct selling company in the world. The company made $718 million in revenue in 2012. Thirty-One Gifts now operates out of Columbus, Ohio.
Additionally, Thirty-One Gifts has partnered with a student-to-student mentoring program called Girl Talk.
Founded in 2002, Girl Talk is started and led by high school girls who serve as mentors to middle school girls. Students develop leadership skills through positive weekly meetings and community service projects. The nonprofit currently has more than 35,000 participants worldwide.
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