Thirty-One Gifts announces the second year of the Cindy Monroe Values and Vision Scholarship. The annual scholarship was established in 2013 by the company’s philanthropic fund, Thirty-One Gives, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the company that was founded by Cindy Monroe. The scholarship honors a girl in the Chattanooga area who embodies Ms. Monroe’s core values of building relationships, leadership and community involvement.
The first scholarship was awarded to Savannah Bennett, a graduate of Ooltewah High School last spring.
The annual college scholarship is a $12,400 award, available to one girl each year in 11th or 12th grade who lives in or attends school in Hamilton County, either in private or public schools. It is allocated in $3,100 increments over the course of four years. An application is available at thirtyonegives.org/scholarship. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31.
Thirty-One Gifts is America’s 10th largest direct-selling company, offering products that "work with everyone’s lifestyle, from stylish and functional purses and totes to home organization solutions and much more, most of which can be personalized."
Ms. Monroe, founder, president and CEO, a native of Chattanooga and graduate of Hixson High School and UTC, has grown Thirty-One Gifts to a $760 million business. In 2008, Thirty-One moved to Columbus, Ohio, where they are headquartered today. The scholarship is one way Ms. Monroe is giving back and thanking the community where her success began, and a way to provide opportunities for girls in Hamilton County to reach their full potential.
In 2012 Thirty-One Gives was created to pay back the many blessings received by Thirty-One Gifts as a company. Thirty-One Gives is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that empower girls and women, and strengthen families. To-date, they have donated more than $36 million in cash and products to these nonprofit organizations dedicated to that same mission.
Thirty-One Gifts was recently named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in the world, and the 10th largest direct-selling organization in the U.S. They have more than 1,700 employees and there are more than 106,000 independent sales consultants throughout the U.S. and in Ontario, Canada, who sell their products at home parties. The company was named for Proverbs 31, a chapter of the Bible that celebrates women’s strengths.
Ms. Monroe recently was inducted into the Hixson High School Alumnae Hall of Fame.