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Late Bloomers
Joan & Burnie Cohen Scholarhips
The scholarship was started by Ruth Thurmond in the 1980s, when she began working with the YWCA to secure basic essentials like food and shelter for foreign students. In her work, she learned of few funding resources for women trying to go back to school, said her son, Don Thurmond.

Mrs. Thurmond’s passion for educating women was planted at a young age. During her senior year of college - around 1938 - she met the man she later married, but when they first met her father did not allow her to wed until she finished college and spent one year working in her chosen profession - teaching, said Don Thurmond, who continues his mother’s mission and scholarship even after her death.

In 2010, he was the first man appointed to the YWCA of North Orange County’s board of directors in 84 years. He serves as the association’s treasurer and in his role, he oversees investments made to generate the income from interest that funds the scholarship.
The Thurmond Scholarship
Thurmond Scholarship Brochure
Thurmond Scholarship Application
The Joan & Burnie Cohen Scholarship
The Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship was established to help re-entry women attending Fullerton College to overcome barriers to their education and attain gainful employment.  The Late Bloomers Scholarship was also established to help re-entry women, 27 years or older, who have the greatest financial challenges. 

The Joan and Burnie Cohen Scholarship was established in memory of Joan and Burnie Cohen who devoted their lives to service above self.  Both Joan and Burnie were both born in Los Angeles in the 1920’s. Joan was raised by a single mother who encouraged her in education and independence. Burnie grew up in a loving home and giving was always part of his nature. Both attended UCLA and married in 1951. They were active in the North Orange County, Joan with the League of Women’s Voters, the food bank and Pathways of Hope, and Burnie as a “reader” at Richman School. They had two children, Susan and Marty.

The Late Bloomers Scholarship was established in celebration of Shirley Bloom. Shirley was born in the mist of the depression in the 1930’s. There were no social programs to help suffering people until the 1940’s. There was no social security, welfare, food stamps, workers’ compensation or unemployment. Shirley managed to finish 2 years of college when she got married and moved to California. When the youngest of her 5 children turned 2, she returned to college at California State University Long Beach and received her degree in English with a teaching credential. She later went to work for Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. Shirley was a single mother struggling to get her children through college. In 1978 she remarried and moved to Fullerton. In 1993 she was widowed and retired. She joined AAUW and became active in the League of Women Voters, volunteered at the food bank, Pathways of Hope.
The Late Bloomers Scholarship
Joan & Burnie Cohen Criteria
Late Bloomers Criteria
Joan & Burnie Cohen Application
Late Bloomers Application
In the spirit of Prom season, (@sleekhair) is paying it forward by hosting “Pretty for Prom” a chic shopping party and prom dress drive to benefit the YWCA of North Orange County’s Prom Project. The Prom Project seeks to help hundreds of deserving high school senior girls attend prom with confidence and style.

Get pampered and shop from the hottest beauty brands (Schwarzkopf, Morphe Brushes, Sigma Beauty, LA Girl, Manna Kadar Cosmetics and more) and stylish fashion partners (IvyLove Shop and more). Enjoy complementary beauty services (lash/glitter/tattoo/haircolor bar), amazing raffles (over $1000 worth) from our generous sponsors (like Shoe Dazzle, Just Fab, Bh Cosmetics among many), fabulous selfie stations and networking opportunities.

OC’s most coveted influencers in beauty and fashion, Stylist/Content Creator Amanda Nguyen (@feastfashionfaves) and Personal Shopper/Stylist Jackie Rose (@jackierosestyle) will deliver the latest tips, tricks and trends for the ultimate Prom look. 

10% of all proceeds this day will go towards the Prom Project.
Accepting gently used prom/cocktail dresses, accessories, handbags and shoes for special occasions. 

Raffle tickets for every donation item provided.

Sweets and sips will be served!

RSVP on our Eventbrite page to get a free goodie bag that includes a full size bestselling product from Schwarzkopf or BlowPro valued up to $20. While supplies last!

Clear your closets this spring and turn your dresses into dreams for countless High School teens! 

Follow us on instagram for more awesome updates and inspo: @sleekhair, @feastfashionfaves, @jackierosestyle, @ivyloveshop

For a glimpse of our last event, check out:

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar

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