Girls Leadership spotlight:  Hannah Motley awarded the Presidential Scholar Award

For 18 years, Women’s Foundation has hosted the Girls Leadership program. It’s a free year-long program that addresses a critical need to cultivate the next generation of women leaders. Our students leave the program with demonstrated leadership skills and community service like  graduating Blue Valley North senior Hannah Motley who was recently featured in the Kansas City Star for her academic success.

During her time in the program, Motley participated in our activities that taught her budgeting, grant-making, and the importance of philanthropy.

Hannah Motley

Hannah Motley

“Over the years, I've gained experience in everything from networking with adults to grant evaluation and team development.” said Motley.

In addition to her involvement in the Girls Leadership Program, Motley is an American Cancer Society fundraiser and a Presidential Scholar. She has a weighted GPA of 4.5 and scored a 35 of 36 on the ACT.  Motley will attend University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on the prestigious and highly selective Morehead-Cain Scholarship. It’s a full-ride scholarship that also covers the cost of a laptop and provides recipients with four summer experiences.  Motley’s involvement with the Girls Leadership Program was a critical to her selection for the scholarship.  She will major in global studies with an emphasis on international politics. 

Motley says her participation in the Women's Foundation's Girls Leadership program taught her about the challenges women face.
“It's also shown me that I really enjoy leading in the context of advocacy or a philanthropic endeavor, and that it's something I'd like to incorporate into my future career.” Motley said. 
With 303 alumnae, the Girls Leadership Program works with extremely bright students like Motley who go on to be leaders in their careers and in their communities. 
We look forward to engaging our newest and  largest class of 64 students. Click here to see the complete list of names.