St. Thomas Women Connect, a new alumnae affinity group, has established a $1,000 annual scholarship to be awarded for the first time this year. Applications are being accepted now.

Applicants for this scholarship must submit a two-page essay describing how they are carrying out of the mission of St. Thomas Women Connect – “to inspire and advance one another personally, professionally and spiritually, as well as give back to the St. Thomas community through networking, service and fun.”

In the essay, applicants should describe a time when they have been an inspiration to others or assisted someone in achieving a goal. Applicants also should describe what the phrase “give back” means to them and provide an example of how they have given back to the community.

Applicants must currently have sophomore or junior standing. Preference will be given to a female student.

Essays should be e-mailed to Dr. Corrine Carvalho at the Luann Dummer Center for Women by Wednesday, Oct. 27. The award will be applied to spring semester. The scholarship is renewable.

Visit the St. Thomas Women Connect website for more information.