Welcome to Kitchen 8
Elizabeth Miller Watkins, through generosity, creativity, and foresight, created Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls at the Univeristy of Kansas with the "dream to aid self-supporting girls to get an education."
As all Miller and Watkins residents know, each hall has 7 small kitchens. Although the use of the 7 kitchens has evolved over time, they still remain an integral part of life and camaraderie within the halls. Our organization serves as a link between the past and present women of Miller and Watkins as a metaphoric "Kitchen 8."
You are Invited:
The Watkins Museum has graciously invited Kitchen 8 Members to attend an Afternoon Tea in honor of Elizabeth Miller Watkins. We are also asking any K8 member or friend to help us serve tea at the event. Anyone who would like to donate a couple of hours to help at the Museum tea can contact Norma Hoagland at 913-727-6446 or at email@example.com.
The Watkins Museum is planning a delightful new event in conjunction with the exhibit, "For the Good of All: Elizabeth Miller Watkins' Community Philanthropy." I would like to extend an invitation to our Afternoon Tea honoring Elizabeth Miller Watkins on Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 PM.
The tea, catered by Dianna's Kitchen, will feature a short program about Watkins' impact on the Lawrence community. Elizabeth Miller Watkins was a near-lifelong Lawrence resident who left school as a young woman to support her family by working at the Watkins National Bank and Mortgage Company. She eventually married company owner J.B. Watkins and was an integral part of the business operations. She made it her personal mission to disperse the couple's accumulated wealth through the Lawrence community, making large contributions to major civic projects, providing funds for scholarships and endowments at KU, and working towards the health and well-being of the area's residents.
The museum exhibit, which will be open for tea attendees to view, features objects from the Lawrence Community Hospital, the Watkins Health Center on the KU campus and the Watkins National Bank and Mortgage Company, as well as photos from Watkins' life.
I hope you will consider attending the tea, and share it with your friends and family. Proceeds from ticket sales will support future free public programming at the Watkins Museum. Tickets are $25, with a discount for members of the Douglas County Historical Society. They can be reserved by calling the museum at 785-841-4109 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and see you soon at the Watkins!
Watkins Museum of History
1047 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
CALL FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS – WE NEED YOUR HELP
The Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund Selection Committee
We would like to add two or three members to the Selection Committee for the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund scholarship selection process which will happen in March, 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to Selection Committee members, we need one or more individuals (probably from the Lawrence area) who will help publicize the availability of this award. If you are interested, please contact Susan Kissinger at email@example.com or Valentine Baumann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting involved in the work of this committee is an opportunity to give back to the wonderful community created by Elizabeth Miller Watkins that supported us when we were in college and to reconnect with and meet some amazing women. The Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund ("EMWMSF") was established in 1998 by a group of Watkins and Miller residents and alumni to assist women students of outstanding scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need in completing their college education at the University of Kansas. An endowment fund was established at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the board of directors of Kitchen 8 was entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the investments, allocating funds and awarding scholarships to deserving applicants. A generous bequest in 2009 increased the endowment fund balance to over $1million.
The board established the EMWMSF Selection Committee to implement the process of identifying deserving recipients. The primary responsibility of Selection Committee members is to review and rank the applications and recommend scholarship recipients. Members review 20 to 40 applications. Each application can take 30 minutes to an hour per application to review. Total time commitment for a committee member is approximately 40 hours (may be more or less depending on how much time you devote to each application) from March 1 to April 7. During the process, members access applications on-line and communicate via email and phone. The 2013-2014 application may be viewed at www.scholarselect.com/scholarships/13005-2014-elizabeth-miller-watkins-memorial-scholarship.
Committee members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting and awards ceremony which is Saturday, April 26, 2014 and those who are in Lawrence during that weekend may meet to debrief and consider changes in the process for the following year.
Current members of the Selection Committee include Valentine Baumann, co-chair (Watkins 03-05 & Scholarship recipient 04-05), Gayle Chiles Burger (Watkins 70-73), Jill Comcowich (Miller 89-93), Susan Kissinger, co-chair (Watkins 70-74), Cathie Fuller (Watkins 70-73), Annette Smith (Miller 87-91), Alica Thomas (Miller 90-94).
For academic year, 2013-2014, the committee recommended scholarships to six first-time awardees and sixteen renewing awardees totaling awards of $55,000 in 2013-2014 with a total potential commitment over a four-year period of $100,000.
Kitchen 8, K-8, is an alumnae organization comprised of residents, past and present, of these halls and other supporters of Mrs. Watkins' tradition. As the official keepers of her legacy we endeavor to provide a community of support for previous, current and future residents through mentorship, charitable contributions through the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, staying informed of the condition of Watkins and Miller Scholarship Halls and striving to follow her example of compassion and selflessness.