The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County

WGC Journey Scholarships – In Memory of Cindy Hankin

WGC Journey Scholarships – In Memory of Cindy Hankin

The Journey Camp for Girls, or “Journey” is a week-long camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade girls in Howard County, MD that is run by Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) and conceived of and funded by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County (WGC).

The idea behind Journey is to bring girls together in their formative years to learn about leadership, empowerment, and community. At Journey each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and challenges in a supportive and fun environment that fosters self-esteem and confidence.

The WGC is honored to have begun a program this year to provide scholarships in memory of former WGC Advisory Board Member Cindy Hankin.

This year, the WGC has provided $5,005 in scholarships.

Funded by Cindy’s family, friends, and WGC donors, these scholarships are provided in her memory in perpetuity to qualifying Journey Camp participants.

Cindy was a staunch supporter of the Journey Camp for Girls. A former teacher, and school principal, Cindy was beloved by her family, friends, students, and community and served as mentor, and long-time advocate for women and girls. Cindy brought a bright and wonderful spirit to the world, enriching it for all who knew her.

“I am thrilled that we were able to increase our scholarships this year, which means we are achieving our goal of reaching girls from different demographic and socioeconomic groups across the county” says Alison Canning, WGC Chair. “We are honored to be able to give so much in the first year that we began offering scholarships in memory of our friend Cindy Hankin.”

Journey 2018 will be held July 15-21 at UMBC and is completely full with 25 participants – we can’t wait for a great week!

On Thursday, July 17th (time TBD) Journey campers and MLW will host a dinner and presentation at UMBC for WGC Advisory Board members, and any WGC donors who would like to attend and get first-hand experience with the program. If you would like to attend please send an email to incoming WGC Chair Barb Van Winkle at:

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