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Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF)
In the Spring of 2018, the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester (YWCA) became the new home of the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF). The merger brought two iconic organizations together to become the strongest women’s organization in Westchester, advocating for and empowering women by supporting economic and educational opportunities through scholarships and celebrating women in the “Hall of Fame.” Joining WREF and the YWCA provides a dynamic platform for programming, training and advocacy for women and girls in Westchester and beyond.
The Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF) was established in 1989 by Camille F.Murphy, then executive director of the Westchester County Office for Women, to address the anticipated effect that the economic downturn would have on programs and services for women and girls in Westchester County, New York. Over the years, WREF served as a conduit for private support of programs that served women and girls as well as a scholarship program and the Westchester Women’s Hall of Fame.
Since 1989, WREF has awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to nearly 800 women, and has inducted 35 women into the Westchester Hall of Fame. The YWCA would like to continue WREF’s legacy of providing financial support for women in Westchester wishing to pursue or complete their college career. The WREF scholarship looks for women who are committed to making lasting change in their community and hope to use their college experience to impact the world around them.