As one of Westfield’s oldest and most vital community organizations, the College Woman’s Club occupies a singular place in the intellectual, cultural and civic life of the town. Membership is open to all area women with a college degree and a desire to help future generations achieve that goal. We hope you will join us in our efforts to extend the spirit of educational opportunity and community giving that has sustained us for a century into our next 100 years. Welcome to the College Woman’s Club of Westfield!
Who We Are & What We Do
The College Woman’s Club of Westfield was founded in 1917 “to serve the general interests of the community and to further the higher education of women.” The club’s primary purpose is to award scholarships to young women from Westfield and to provide enrichment opportunities for its members. We are a multi-generational group, over 250 members strong, united by a lifelong love of learning and a desire to promote educational opportunities for women.
“To further the higher education of women”
CWC awards over $50,000 in scholarships annually to young women on the basis of financial need, academic record, leadership and community service. We also award a $500 prize at graduation to the female graduate with the highest GPA. In recent years, the club has expanded its role to award scholarships to women returning to school to further their education in mid-life, as well as to fund test prep tutoring for financially disadvantaged students. Scholarship funds are derived from members’ dues (half of which are dedicated to this purpose), fundraisers, investment income, gifts and bequests. Recent winners have affirmed the importance of these funds in pursuing their goals; in the words of one 2016 recipient:
“Thank you so very much, on behalf of myself and my mother, as you are helping us both. I am truly honored to be recognized by women I admire and strive to be like – strong, smart, caring, and working to make a difference in this community and beyond.”
“To serve the general interests of the community”
Throughout its history, CWC has played an active role in Westfield’s community life. We were instrumental in forming the Westfield Adult School, WHS college night, and the town’s bicentennial celebration. CWC members are also well represented on civic boards, including the Town Council, Westfield United Fund, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and the Westfield Board of Education. In addition to fundraising activities for our scholarship program, the club maintains an active calendar of stimulating member events, including field trips, guest speakers, current events discussion groups, and multiple book clubs. All these programs and events are self-supporting. For additional information on membership, please contact [email protected]