The Women & Girls Fund Award was established in 2004 to recognize and honor a community member who has made outstanding professional or personal contributions towards understanding and addressing the needs of women and girls in the Mid-Shore region. Candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership, vision, integrity, compassion, cooperation, and generosity of time and talent in their efforts to improve the lives and opportunities of women and girls.
The award is announced each year in April at the Grants and Awards Luncheon after a careful evaluation of nominations received from community members. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please download the Nomination Form and return it to the Fund office by the date indicated on the form.
Given in memory of Sheryl V. Kerr by the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, the Sheryl V. Kerr Award pays tribute to the impact Mrs. Kerr made across the country, and especially in Talbot County. A grant given to the Women & Girls Fund provides for an annual award recognizing individuals or programs of significance to women. The word that best sums up the Award’s intention is “empowerment”. As an individual, Mrs. Kerr spoke up for women and believed in encouraging them to make a difference to their families and communities through work and community volunteerism. As Chair of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, she focused on larger scale programs and projects that provided women with the skills and capabilities to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. And, it is that same mission that the Women & Girls Fund strives to accomplish through our grants and activities. Therefore, it is our distinct honor to recognize two outstanding women in our community who are excelling both personally and professionally, creating strong lives for themselves and empowering the women they work with to do the same.
The Women & Girls Fund is an endowed fund that channels the pooled resources of individuals into a powerful and permanent legacy serving the needs of women and girls in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties, Maryland.