Carolyn King Scholarship


A scholarship intended to honor the legacy and example of Carolyn King, a life-long advocate and pioneer for women’s rights and for racial and social justice, will be awarded to one exceptional WomenNC Fellowship Student each year who meets the standards of the WomenNC Interview Committee, based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated passion for racial justice
  • Exhibited courage in advocating opportunities for marginalized persons
  • Displays sensitivity, positive attitude, and perseverance in the face of challenge

Features of the Carolyn King Scholarship Fund

The fund is a “restricted fund” to be used to award scholarships to outstanding students who reflect the personal qualities exhibited by Carolyn King, to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, NY. It is intended for the fund to continue to grow from year to year so that numerous exceptional students will carry on Carolyn King’s legacy to future generations.

Our goal is to fund at least one Carolyn King recipient each year, every year, but if in any year the funds remaining are insufficient to fully pay for that recipient’s trip to the U.N.’s CSW meeting, then funds can be made up from other sources. Recipients of the Carolyn King Scholarship will be awarded a certificate.
(See details & images below of scholarship recipients since 2012).

For more background, fund details, and mail-in donation options, please click on the updated Carolyn King WomenNC CSW Scholarship Fund Brochure.  If you prefer, you may donate online through our secure PayPal certified option, enabling use of credit-cards.

As with other WomenNC donations, contributions to the Carolyn King scholarship are a tax-deductible.

Carol King Scholarship Fund

Carolyn King CSW Scholarship Recipients

2016 5th Carolyn King Award Maya Krishnan - NC State University 2015 4th Carolyn King Award Alison Domonoske - UNC-Chapel Hill 2014 3rd Carolyn King Award Isabella Higgins - UNC-Chapel Hill2013 2nd Carolyn King Award Brian Min - UNC-Chapel Hill2012 1st Carolyn King Award Mariamawit Tadesse - Meredith College
RESEARCH: Identifying Pipeline Roadblocks for Minority Women into Political Leadership PositionsRESEARCH: Women & Labor - Global HousekeepingRESEARCH: Best Practices to Reduce Infant Mortality & Improve Maternal Health RESEARCH: Impact of Men’s Engagement in Violence Prevention Against Women & Girls RESEARCH: Local Farmers Living in the Shadow of Monopolies, siting the local Produce Box
2015 4th Alison CK IMG_0415 430X332 web2014 CK Award IsabellaHiggins& Mentor Lois IMG_2811_424X3182013 2nd CSW Brian Min group IMG_8761web 423X3362012 1st CKing Award MarTadesse MeredithCSW IMG_0492 web

About Carolyn

Carolyn was dedicated to the betterment of communities and citizen opportunities, whether in Kentucky, North Carolina, or on the national, and international stage. As initiator, director and active team member of countless programs such as initiatives leading to the integration of the NC State Parks, low income affordable housing (RICH Park), the first Adult Day Care Center in Raleigh, and more. She loved children of all ages exemplified as Teenage Director of Raleigh YWCA, taught at an all-African American kindergarten (pre-1954 Brown vs. Board of Education), and 18 years teaching at Raleigh Pre-School, the only parent cooperative in Raleigh.

As a longtime advocate of women’s rights, Carolyn rallied for the ERA, promoted efforts for U.S. Senate ratification of the United Nations’ CEDAW treaty (Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women), served as President of OWL (Older Women’s League) of Raleigh, an advisor to WomenNC, and member of U.N. Association, Wake Chapter.  Details of her extensive contributions and honored recognition are highlighted in the News & Observer Carolyn King Obituary summary, October 4, 2012.

Carolyn King’s Impact on WomenNC Leaders and CSW Fellows:

Carolyn was one of the first persons to encourage Beth Dehghan (WomenNC’s founder & President), to pursue a leadership development organization for young adults, coupled with support for CEDAW. This evolved into WomenNC’s signature CSW Student Fellowship Program, to focus on women and girls issues that transcend boundaries, with common concerns existing locally and around the globe. An extension of WomenNC is to advocate for awareness and solution-based options for inequalities, much like the example that Carolyn King set in her daily activities.

WomenNC was honored to establish the annual Carolyn King CSW Scholarship Fund that sponsors one university fellow per year, in their research presentations at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. When discussing the potential of this fund Carolyn shared, “Oh Beth I will be honored. You are so very kind… I haven’t done much to deserve this! … You all have done an amazing job in such short time.

We truly appreciate all the supporters of WomenNC in Carolyn’s honor, and send our prayers of thanks to Carolyn for believing in the young adults that will be tomorrow’s leaders.

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