Women in
Leadership & Service

A WCU Scholarship and Mentoring Program

All women deserve the visibility and support they need to succeed. That’s why a WCU committee dedicated to this cause launched Women in Leadership & Service (WILS) in 2009. Working under our Foundation’s guidelines, WILS is an initiative to inspire, educate, and encourage women at West Chester University — and you can help drive their continued success.

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Women in<br />Leadership & Service

The WILS Mission

WILS works to increase funding that supports female students at West Chester University. It also increases the visibility of female leaders, mentors, and supporters of West Chester University. Through this work, WILS supports women, both by funding scholarships for recipients and by giving donors the ability to shape the future of women at WCU.

The WILS Student Scholarship

Each year, WILS awards a $5,000 annual scholarship to assist female students who demonstrate qualities of leadership and service, as evidenced by these requirements:

  • Have held a minimum of three (3) leadership roles in campus or community organizations over the course of the applicant’s college experience
  • Have completed 60 or more undergraduate credits at WCU as of the start of the upcoming Spring semester
  • Have at least one remaining semester on campus after the upcoming Spring semester
  • Are in good standing with the University
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25

If you know someone at WCU who meets these requirements, direct her to apply online through WCU.

Past Recipients

2020
Cameron Ducey, Carloline Lewis, and Mallika Tarigopula
2019
Kristen Loughlin
2018
Kaitlyn Cardenas and Mariama Quist
2017
Sapana Gupta
2016
Esin Namoglu
2015
Alexandra Sheriff
2014
Melissa Christie
2013
Alissa Conway and Whitney Harbold
2012
Melody M. Linton and Chelsea Perugini
2011
Alyssa de Grace and Sage Sullivan
2010
Jennifer Halligan
Professional Mentoring with Alice’s Circle

Alice’s Circle

Professional Mentoring

Alice’s Circle, is a 10-month mentoring program aimed at enhancing the growth of college women as they transition from their final year at WCU to their professional careers or graduate school.

Offered annually to a select number of high-achieving and academically talented women, Alice’s Circle pairs them with professional women mentors. These students also participate in sessions where they learn skills in resume writing, interviewing, work-life integration, financial wellness, and communication.

WILS Committee Members

Committee Members

Lauren Simmons '14

WILS Committee Chair,
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Linda Hoffman Casotti '86

Ellucian

Mimi Colaprete

WCU Foundation

Ellisa Cruz '14

Blank Rome LLP

Kerry Lenzi '14

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Jeanne McClellan '67, M'85

J. Taylor Consulting

Emeritus Committee Members

Linda Antonowich '69

LR/Antonowich Consulting

Connie Bompadre '84, M'86

Marple Newtown SD

Cynthia Ericson

Ericson Strategic Marketing Solutions

Carol Hann '77, M'90

Quality Insights of PA

Mandy Nace '12, M'17

Sterling Healthcare and Rehab Center

Carol Napierkowski

West Chester University (retired)

Make a Gift or Volunteer

Support women’s leadership as a donor — or as a volunteer. Your gift will power the WILS endowment fund. And your skills on our general committee, subcommittees, or as a mentor can add momentum to our mission every day.

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