The scholarship was established by Atkinson-Newman of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, who recently made a $10,000 gift to create the award.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast student who is a descendant of Atkinson-Newman. Second preference will go to a full-time female student who has completed at least 30 credit hours and demonstrates a passion for service. Applicants must submit a 500-word personal essay describing their interest and experiences in volunteerism and community service and their future plans. At least one personal letter of reference from a non-family member is also required with the application. Recipients must submit a new essay each year.
Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 grade point average. The Power of Women Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.
Atkinson-Newman was born in Arkansas. Her family moved to Missouri in 1948, and she attended school in Vanduser, Missouri.
Atkinson-Newman worked at Oran Hat Factory, then in R.B. Potashnick’s payroll office for 39 years. She is currently the co-owner of Glendale Assisted Living and Maple Crest Manor in Cape Girardeau. Additionally, she was a caregiver for her parents and volunteered at the Lutheran Home while her husband was a resident.
Atkinson-Newman is a quiet leader and faith-filled woman who enjoys spending time with energetic young people. She has a passion for service and supporting women. She is a founding member of the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau, an international organization committed to advancing the status of women through service and advocacy. She feels education is important and is grateful to have the opportunity to help others achieve their educational goals through this scholarship.