Colby-Sawyer College has once again been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the Pussycat Foundation to support two additional cohorts of BOLD Women’s Leadership Network scholars.
Created in honor of former Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown, the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network is a highly selective national initiative designed to facilitate opportunities for career development and networking among young women. Colby-Sawyer was selected to join the six-institution network in 2018, and graduated its first cohort of seven students in May.
The $1.2 million grant from the Pussycat Foundation provides Colby-Sawyer funding for scholarships, programming and internship opportunities, as well as post-graduate fellowships for two additional cohorts of students. In order to qualify for BOLD, students must be female — or identify as female — be in good standing with the college as they enter the junior or senior year, and stand to vastly benefit from the support and professional development opportunities provided by the network.
“The opportunities the Pussycat Foundation have provided, and continue to provide, young women here at Colby-Sawyer are phenomenal,” said Jennifer Tockman, director of the Harrington Center for Experiential Learning and the college’s BOLD Women’s Leadership Network. “The career development coming out of this program will undoubtedly pay off for our scholars in the near future. We couldn’t be more honored to be a part of this prestigious program.”
Since joining Middlebury College, Ithaca College, Rutgers University-Newark, the College of Saint Rose and the University of Connecticut as the sixth active member of the BOLD Women’s Leadership Initiative, Colby-Sawyer’s BOLD scholars have been privy to a variety of career development and networking opportunities. Students last year met with the female leadership team of the Boston-based tech company True Fit, took part in job shadow opportunities in New York City, and fine-tuned their public speaking skills through presentations to alumni and members of the college’s board of trustees.
“Colby-Sawyer is honored to be a BOLD Women’s Leadership Network school, and this $1.2 million grant from the Pussycat Foundation will go a long way in providing critical support for financial aid, career development and networking opportunities for our BOLD scholars,” Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner said. “The program is very unique in that it greatly reduces the financial burden for students while also giving them access to skill building they would otherwise not have. We are grateful to the foundation for its ongoing support and look forward to seeing our BOLD Scholars grow and contribute to the world.”
The college announced its newest cohort of BOLD scholars — the first of two directly funded through the Pussycat Foundation’s $1.2 million grant — at the start of the fall semester. This group of juniors and seniors includes art major Chloe Bemis ’22, of Concord, N.H., nursing major Riley Codman ‘22, of Dublin, N.H., public health major Christine Coffield, of Conway, N.H., pre-Veterinary major Lauren Davis ’22, of Sanford, Maine, graphic design major Kennedy Moore ’22, of South Reading, Vt., psychology major Rebecca Thomas ’22, of Hinsdale, N.H., psychology major Jill Wood ’22, of Franklin, N.H., and history and political studies major Tatianna Bates ’21, of Boston and public health major Kayia Alleyne ’21, of Dorchester, Mass.
Colby-Sawyer welcomed its second cohort — set to graduation this coming spring — back to campus earlier this month. Those BOLD scholars include psychology major Robin Baldwin ’21, of Greenville, N.H., business administration major Jenna Bessette ’21, of Bakersfield, Vt., nursing major Carly Boudreau ’21, of Irasburg, Vt., nursing major Shannon Huff ’21, of Franklin, N.H., nursing major Madison Varano ’21, of Williamstown, Vt., and athletic training major Felicia Voisine ’21, of Gorham, N.H.