“Women out of whom more might have been made” was the theme of a lecture given by Frances E. Willard at the inaugural meeting of an educational association formed by a group of Evanston women in 1871. The “educational association” soon led to the formation of the Woman’s Educational Aid Association (WEAA) and generations of women who “made more” of the aid it provided, their educations, and their association with the WEAA.
Each year the WEAA invites up to six women from the incoming first-year class at Northwestern to become WEAA scholars. The standards for receiving aid are rigorous. While financial need is a criteria, weight is given to the potential these young women demonstrate and their commitment to making it happen.