training or college education.

For these women, AARP Foundation’s Women’s Scholarship Program is creating opportunities to support their dreams. Last year, AARP Foundation awarded over $500,000 dollars in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each, to low-income older women of all backgrounds; one-fourth of the recipients were African American.

This assistance helped them get into college and training programs that had been out of reach. Now, they’re adding value to the lifetime of skill and ability they’ve already developed.

The scholarship application period for the 2012-2013 academic year will be open until Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. CST. Get more information about AARP Foundation’s Women’s Scholarship Program at

But education is only part of the equation. Many women have cared for one or more older relatives, but haven’t considered their own needs for the future. That’s why AARP developed a campaign dedicated to helping women start planning for the future they envision for themselves – Decide. Create. Share.

Specifically, the campaign tools at help women think about important long-term plans, such as how they’ll maintain their best health; what long-term care costs they’ll face down the line and how to cover them; how to make sure their long-term wishes will be honored through advance directives; and how and where they want to live as they get older.   While at AARP’s site, African-American women, family and friends can also visit to interact online with other 50 – plus African Americans.

During February especially, African Americans work diligently to promote growth in the present to create an even greater legacy for future generations. AARP and the AARP Foundation are proud to be part of that growth.

Edna Kane-Williams is vice president for multicultural markets for the AAARP.

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