Dedicated to the memory of Ms. Connie Lieding, a former employee, at Florence Crittenton Programs of  South Carolina.

Connie’s daughter, Beth, recalls her mother talking about the girls with respect and genuine affection. “My mother admired the will and determination of the young ladies to make their lives better, and to change for the sake of their children. She wanted them to know they could make it on their own.”

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Though Connie was not able to complete her own college education she realized that education could have a major impact on the lives of young women, and that it was their most likely route to long-term economic security.

In 2011, Connie’s daughter, Beth Burrell, established The Connie Lieding Scholarship Fund in her mother’s honor to provide educational support through scholarships to young women who successfully complete their programs at Crittenton agencies across the country. It goes without saying, if you don’t graduate from high school, get your GED, complete a vocational program, or graduate from college, your prospects of secure-living, stable-wage employment is slim at best.

On an annual basis, The Connie Lieding Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to young women between the ages of 16-27. Scholarships ranging from $100 – $3,000 can be used to support young women in obtaining a GED, attending a vocational program, attending a two or four-year college or university for either undergraduate, or graduate study. Funds can be used to cover the cost of tuition, and to purchase books and supplies.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants may apply for a scholarship for their Summer or Fall term/semester.


  • Must be a current or former client of a Crittenton agency who is a young woman/woman between the ages of 16-27. (This does not include children of former clients);
  • Must have proof of acceptance to a vocational program, college or university, or proof of enrollment in an accredited GED program;
  • Must have a letter of support from a Crittenton agency Executive Director or Program Director;
  • Must have a letter of support from a teacher, mentor, or community member. (May not be related to applicant);
  • Must be available for a 30-minute phone interview if application is selected.

To Apply:

  • Complete Connie Lieding Scholarship Fund Online Application
  • Submit Supplemental Documents: Application Narrative, Proof of Acceptance/Enrollment, and Letters of Recommendation.

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Important Dates:

      Accepting Applications: February 1 – March 31, 2016
      Scholarship Awards Announced: May 9, 2016
      Awards Sent to Summer Awardees: June 1, 2016
    Awards Sent to Fall Awardees: August 1, 2016

Completed applications:

Must be received by 4 p.m. PST, March 31, 2016.

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