St. Thomas Women Connect, an alumnae affinity group, has established a $1,000 annual undergraduate scholarship to be awarded for the 2012-13 academic 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 also must submit a letter of recommendation from someone with direct knowledge of their leadership skills. Applicants must currently have sophomore or junior standing. Preference will be given to a female student.

Essays should be emailed to Dr. Corrine Carvalho at the Luann Dummer Center for Women by Thursday, March 15. The scholarship is renewable.

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