The Teachings of Talbots

Buy a pretty scarf, help a mother go back to college.

Rose Scholarship Scarf, $50;
Photograph: photo courtesy of Talbots

College tuition, often totaling the price of a second house, is a financial challenge to even the most prepared parents. So what happens when Mom is the one who needs tuition? The Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund, an offshoot of the Talbots Charitable Foundation, is awarding $180,000 in college scholarship money to mothers looking to go back to college.
The scholarship fund has helped more than 600 women get back into the hallowed halls of higher education since its beginnings in 1997. This year’s gifts include an impressive ten $15,000 scholarships and one $30,000 scholarship (named the Nancy Talbot Scholarship Award, in memory of Talbots’ founder).
This year marks the introduction of Nancy Talbot award, which will go to “an extraordinary finalist demonstrating courage, conviction and an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit,” says Talbots chief marketing officer Lori Wagner. The search is being conducted through in-store, catalog and Web marketing, with judges including real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, finance guru Jean Chatzky and MORE’s own Lesley Jane Seymour helping to pick the final winners.
Want to help other women achieve higher degrees? Talbots invites every woman to contribute by purchasing the specially designed signature Rose scarf. The scarlet hued silk scarf, which features a blooming rose on a backdrop of inspirational words, is available in select stores and online. A whopping 100 percent of proceeds from these sales go to the Scholarship Fund.
Know a deserving woman or want to find out application information for yourself? Go to for details.

First Published Wed, 2009-10-21 08:59

Find this story at: