About the club:
- From its inception in 1961, Malibu Woman’s Club has been awarding outstanding young people in the community. It is the oldest all-female non-profit service club in Malibu.
- “Nurturing Leaders of Tomorrow” is the tagline, because MWC supports intelligence and dedication of the young honorees.
- Malibu Woman’s Club maintains a membership of 30 to 35 civic-minded women, who give generously of their resources, their time, and their hearts.
- Membership in MWC affords the opportunity to do good works in an environment of respect and friendship.
- The MWC holiday project each year is to donate toys to children undergoing treatment in the UCLA Oncology, Vision, and Rheumatoid Arthritis Ward.
About the scholarships:
- MWC annually gives two categories of awards, one for high school seniors (Malibu residents no matter where they go to school) who have achieved in three specific areas:
A. Academic excellence
B. Extra-curricular activities
C. Community service
- MWC awards two prizes to each Malibu fifth grade elementary school for essays written in class on a subject chosen by MWC. The essay writing is supported and supervised by the faculty and administration in each school (public and private).
- To ensure impartiality, the Senior Scholarship Committee and the Fifth Grade Essay Committee evaluate the recipients’ entries without personal identifiers.
- At the annual Scholarship Luncheon, each elementary school principal, fifth grade teacher, and one parent are invited to join in recognizing the fifth grade recipients. Each high school scholarship winner also has one parent and a school representative invited to attend the luncheon. All these individuals are sponsored by MWC at the luncheon. Additional individuals may attend at their own expense.
- MWC presents scholarships to 10 to 15 high school seniors who are Malibu residents, irrespective of where they are attending school.
- At the Scholarship Luncheon, the senior high school recipients speak briefly about their plans.
- Fifth graders write their essays in school under the auspices of their classroom teachers.
- The fifth graders who participate in the essay contest attend one of the following Malibu schools: Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Our Lady of Malibu School, Point Dume Marine Science, or Webster Elementary School.
- The Fifth Grade Essay Committee read over 200 entries each year.
- The first place winner and the second place winner in each fifth grade classroom receive a monetary award from MWC.
- At the Scholarship Luncheon, the fifth grade first place and second place winners read their essays to a delighted audience, who have responded with a range of emotions—from hearty laughs to pensive moments to tears.
- Over the years, many of the recipients have expressed that receiving recognition of the community has had a positive impact and lasting value in their lives.
About the fundraising:
- MWC is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
- The IRS requires that the Scholarship money be applied to some aspect of the recipients’ education.
- To earn the money to support the cash awards, MWC members hold one or more fundraisers, encourage community donations, and contribute themselves.
- MWC published a cookbook in 2011, the inspiration of Christine Rodgerson: Stirring Up Bright Futures, $20, available from any member.
- Members of the business community sponsor scholarships and present their awards at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, including Malibu Bay Company, which has donated a scholarship for many years; Koss Realty; Tom Shadyak; and Teri Love, to honor the memory of her son, Tyler.
Club members take pride in supporting and celebrating young citizens who contribute enormously at a young age and show great promise for the future. In every sense, the members of MWC believe that they are, indeed, nurturing leaders of tomorrow.