Women Behind the Women Scholarship Endowment

Former female student-athletes are coming together to support UND women's athletic programs

The University of North Dakota Women’s Athletic Leadership Council, comprised of former female athletes, builds and maintains the strong tradition of excellence for the UND women’s athletic programs. The council educates, empowers and mentors current female studentathletes through communication, involvement and support.

Started six years ago, these “women behind the women” give of their time, talent and treasure by mentoring current student-athletes, visiting and speaking with the teams and supporting the programs financially. They are creating a community of passionate UND alumni and coaches who know what it’s like to represent UND on the field, court and beyond.

The Leadership Council created the Women Behind the Women Scholarship Endowment to make an immediate and lasting impact on an athlete’s life through a scholarship. This support is more important today than ever, with the rising cost of education and declining state support. Former UND volleyball player Jill Cholewa, ’77, and her husband Steve have generously offered to match any donations to this fund up to $25,000.

“I am passionate about helping female athletes achieve their own version of success,” shared Jill. “Not only do scholarship recipients learn a specific subject matter, they learn the importance of philanthropy and giving back. Without support, the road to a degree would be much more difficult.”

“The Women’s Council is able to impact student athletes through career mentorships and giving back, which continues the UND Athletics legacy we were all a part of.” Traci Kovar, ’99, Track and Field Women's Athletic Leadership Council Member 

Give now to have your gift doubled and help secure the future of UND’s women’s athletic programs.
The scholarship will support tuition and fees for female UND student-athletes, sustain the Department of Athletics history of excellence and attract the best and brightest.

Click here to support the Women Behind the Women Scholarship Endowment.

If you pay taxes in North Dakota, you may be eligible to take advantage of an additional tax credit on your gift. With a minimum $5,000 gift to the Women Behind the Women Scholarship Endowment, you may benefit from both a federal tax deduction AND a North Dakota income tax credit equal to 40% of the charitable gift, thereby significantly reducing the net cost of giving. Ask your tax advisor for more information. 

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