The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund
"Helping Women Achieve Independence"
"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."
- Eve Reeves
Recipient of the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund
Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines. Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.
Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 35 women with awards ranging from $500 to $2000. Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides awards to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.
The 2016 awards will be distributed in May. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2016. Maximum amounts are $3000.
The monies are funded through our Foundation.
2009 Virginia Wrage grant recipients (l-r) are Terry Tindell, Janelle Seitz, Christianne Cardriche and Sylvie Griffith. With them are Foundation President Jo Ann Rodriguez (far left) and Alicia Estrada (front), committee chair