|New Scholarship for Women honors Political Pioneer Helen Boosalis|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:12|
Political trailblazer Helen Boosalis is the inspiration for a new scholarship to benefit women students.
The Inspiring Women Scholarship, established in 2009 following Boosalis’ death, will be awarded for the first time this year.
“Helen Boosalis was an inspiration to Nebraska Women. We wanted to find a way to honor her while encouraging tomorrow’s female political leaders,” said Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Mary Herres.
“The $500 scholarship will go to a Nebraska woman who is active in her community and progressive politics,” she said.
Boosalis began her political career on the Lincoln, Nebraska city council in 1959 with an upset victory.
In 1975 she became the first woman in the country to be elected mayor of a city over 100,000, later becoming the first female president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
In 1986 Boosalis was a candidate for Nebraska governor in first gubernatorial election in U.S. history with two female candidates.
In an interview following her gubernatorial campaign Boosalis said, “I want to help encourage people to go beyond what they think they’re capable of doing.”
“You can accomplish what you didn’t dream was possible. Take a little risk. Be prepared. Set your goals high,” she said.
Applications for the $500 Scholarship are limited to Nebraska women who are graduating from high school or continuing in higher education.
Applicants are asked to submit an essay of up to 500 words about a female politician who inspired their own community service and political involvement.
Essays should be submitted by July 15 to Women’s Caucus, Nebraska Democratic Party, 1327 H Street, Suite 200, Lincoln NE 68508.
The scholarship will be presented at the Inspiring Women Luncheon in Lincoln in August.