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Press Release: “Pass the Torch for Women Foundation Announces Grant from the Nina Pulliam Charitable Trust”


Pass the Torch for Women Foundation Contact:
Samantha Burke
Vice President of Programming and Development

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Contact:
Teri Walker
Manager of Communications and External Relations
(317) 231-9207

July 29th, 2019– Pass the Torch for Women Foundation has received a grant for $75,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust this year. This is the second payment of a $150,000 total grant.

The grant has supported Project Grow programming for non-traditional adult learners and students who are the first in their families to attend college.

“Through this grant the Foundation offers multiple trainings and networking opportunities for students who are either the nontraditional adult learner, ranging from 26-70 years of age, or a Twenty First Century Scholar Student, first in their family to attend college. In addition to the trainings and network opportunities, Project Grow Students have access to professional executives dedicated to mentoring on a one-on-one basis,” said Deb Hallberg, CEO of Pass the Torch for Women Foundation.

The Foundation’s goal for 2020 is to serve 250 underserved female college students from Indiana to include IUPUI and three to seven campuses of Ivy Tech Community College. This goal will be achieved in 2020 with closer to 350 underserved female college students from Indiana. The Foundation seeks to support students in the senior year of their four year program, or in the second year of a two year program, all looking to transition into the workforce.

“Pass the Torch for Women is not only helping women complete their education and successfully transition into careers, but also helping build Indiana’s pipeline of talented workers. We’re proud to support this tremendous work,” said Kent E. Agness, trustee, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $310 million to 987 organizations in its home states of Indiana and Arizona.  For more information about the Trust and its programs visit

About Pass the Torch for Women Foundation (PTTFW): With their peers being in the minority within top decision-making levels, how do women create the connections that allow them to grow as leaders? How do they gain the skills and support to move up the ranks? The Pass the Torch for Women Foundation is addressing this issue in a unique and powerful way. We are creating a community of women and men committed to supporting women throughout their career lifecycles, from college students to emerging leaders to top executives.  This community comes together to provide mentoring, networking and professional development to help women reach their full potential.

For more information, please reference our blog about Pass the Torch Day at


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