Ithaca College is welcoming its second cohort of scholars in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, a pioneering program cultivating courageous leadership and career success in young women during the college years and beyond. The college’s newest BOLD scholars are Calissa Brown, Diana Castillo, Audrianna Evelyn, Ashae Forsythe, Kelly Madden, Clare Nowalk and Breana Nieves Vergara.
The seven scholars will receive annual scholarships of up to $27,500 each for educational expenses during their junior and senior years of college. During the program, they will receive scholarship assistance; experience faculty, staff and alumni mentorship, community-building and networking opportunities, and leadership development; and will collaborate to produce a transformation project that effects positive change and fosters a culture of engagement and inclusion.
The BOLD initiative is funded by The Pussycat Foundation, a private foundation established to honor the late Helen Gurley Brown, the legendary editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. In the spirit of Gurley Brown, the BOLD program seeks to equip young women to be innovative agents of change in their chosen field or industry. Ithaca College recently received $1.15 million from The Pussycat Foundation to provide funding for the BOLD program through May 2021. This grant will support two additional cohorts of scholars through their junior and senior years on campus.
“It has been thrilling to watch our first cohort of BOLD scholars grow as leaders and engage our community through innovative, inclusive programs and initiatives, and I am looking forward to seeing what our second cohort of talented and fearless women will accomplish in the months ahead,” said Shirley M. Collado, president of Ithaca College. “I am incredibly grateful to The Pussycat Foundation for continuing to support the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network at Ithaca College.”