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Save the date! | September 27-29, 2019
Featuring Rosita Arvigo
8th Annual | MidAtlantic
Women's Herbal Conference
Rocio Alarcon
Maia Toll
Tammi Sweet
Kathleen Maier
and Kathi Keville
Rocio Alarcon will be sharing plant wisdom from Ecuador! Come be with like-minded women and learn about natural and sustainable living. Learn, laugh and connect with each other. Be naturally brilliant!
The MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference is being held in picturesque rural Pennsylvania at this address:
83 Community Center Drive
Kempton, PA 19529
Join us for a very special weekend honoring the age-old wisdom of herbal and natural medicines.
leaf Learn more about using, identifying, preparing and growing herbs for yourself, for your family or to help others on their healing path.
leaf Connect with like-spirited women, laugh, sing, dance and be inspired by a great line up of teachers and by each other. Take the day to stretch your mind, enjoy the outdoors and get a rest from day to day stress.
leaf Over 20 workshops on women's health,herbal medicine, gardening, and plant identification. Activities include basket making, fermentation basics, drumming, singing and dancing.
leaf New this year: Friday Pre-conference Intensive with Rocio Alarcón!
leaf Food offered by local women vendors. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives. Meal tickets are catered by Hive Local Food and include organic, locally sourced, gluten-free and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
leaf Camping on site is available on Friday and Saturday nights. Tents, campers, buses welcome! Real bathrooms, no showers. Shelter in case of rain (pavilion).
leaf Kid's Camp, a fun day of learning, play and connection with nature for children ages 3-12, runs Saturday during class hours.
leaf "I had the honor of speaking at MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference. I had a wonderful time! A sister conference to the North East Women’s Herbal Conference, it was filled with the same spirit of joy, laughter, love and inspiration that I've come to love at these women's gatherings. Charis and her team of amazing helpers have planted a bright and beautiful seed that is blossoming into an amazing garden of spirit." ~ Rosemary Gladstar (coming back in 2017!)
leaf "Charis's faith in the healing power of plants, her dedication to building strong networks among women and her lively spirit are a great gift to all of us who cherish herbs." ~ Deb Soule
leaf "Before Charis stepped in and stepped up, Pennsylvania felt like an herbal desert. The Mid-Atlantic conference has invigorated the community and folks are meeting each other, and creating real connections. Charis has been the water in the desert and has brought it into bloom!" ~ Maia Toll
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Rocio Alarcon
Rocio Alarcon is renowned and beloved world wide for her caring, loving and passionate approach to people, plants and nature. An Ethnopharmacologist, ethnobotanist, shamanic practitioner and extraordinary teacher and healer, Rocio has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rain forest and Andes Mountains of Ecuador and in the Basque Country, Spain. Born in Quito, Ecuador at the feet of the Pichincha Volcano she has participated in the practice of shamanic activities since childhood. This shamanic knowledge is part of her family's cultural heritage. She uses plants and shamanic practices for the benefit of society, focussing on the special relationship of people with curandero (shamanic) plants, as well as plants that are food and medicine and that allow a healing process.
Maia Toll
Maia Toll, storyteller, folklorist, and women’s wisdom mentor, is the author of The Illustrated Herbiary (Storey Publishing, August 2018), founder of Herbiary.com, and a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. Maia’s journey with plants began during a life-changing year following in the footsteps of a traditional medicine woman in Ireland. She teaches and blogs to an international following at MaiaToll.com where she’ll help you cultivate your own sense of deep connection and timeless wisdom.
Kathleen Maier
Kathleen Maier, RH (AHG) PA has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty-five years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. She is President of the United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.
Tammi Sweet
Tammi Sweet is a passionate and energetic teacher, brings 30 years teaching experience into the classroom. Her amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can understand and utilize. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Presently she co-directs her Herbal Program at Heartstone Herbal School, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology and herbalism at Herbal schools and conferences throughout the country. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, teaching College Anatomy & Physiology, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, collegiate athletics and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call the earth. www.Heart-Stone.com
Kathi Keville
Kathi Keville lives surrounded by Green Medicine Herb School gardens, cultivating 450 medicinal species. She has been offering seminars for over 40 years on herbs, aromatherapy, and sustainable foraging in North America and Europe. Kathi has written 15 herb books, over 150 magazine articles, and has a KVMR radio show and Dish TV aromatherapy show. She is director of the American Herb Association director. www.ahaherb.com
Tamu Ngina, LMT
Tamu Ngina is a visual artist, Holistic Wellness practitioner and ordained Spiritual & Buddhist Minister. She specializes in massage therapy, craniosacral therapy and meditation.
Nourhan Sharif
Nourhan Sharif has introduced many important Master Egyptian Dances to the United States during 40 years as a dance professional. She has taught master classes on every continent and mentored many dancers most recently Valerick Molinary & Shahrazad Raqs. She is a staff teacher at Cairo's prestigious Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival created by the world’s most respected trainer for Egyptian Dance Raqia Hassan. She has produced 15 CDs and proven to be a successful business entrepreneur in the dance world. She also has a widely popular Sharifwear clothing line proudly produced in USA which is the Original Bellydance Wear Line.
Tiffany Robbins
Tiffany Robbins is an ardent student of the plants. She is a clinical herbalist with a small practice in Pennsylvania. Relishing all the gifts the green world has to offer us, she immerses herself in anything plant related such as foraging, medicine making, live food preparation, weaving with natural fibers, and natural perfumery. She is a wife and homeschooling mother of three.
Hailey Cohn
Hailey Cohn, owner of Satori Foods, has been passionate about food since she was very young. She attended culinary school in Vermont and has worked in many restaurants throughout her culinary career. Hailey has studied many forms of healing with food and she continues to learn every time she is in the kitchen. Once her daughter, Satori, was born Hailey decided to create her own business using healing herbs and chocolate to make medicinal treats. For the past 8 years she has been creating herbally infused truffles that are filled with the most divine healing energies. And now that CBD is legal, Hailey has become renowned for her CBD infused treats. Hailey is so excited to be sharing her medicine with people worldwide.
Charis Lindrooth
Charis Lindrooth, D.C. is an herbalist and chiropractor with a busy practice in Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years she has helped her patients working with plant medicine and natural methods to restore well-being on all levels. She believes passionately in sustainable living and integrates “green” methods in every aspect of her practice and life. A teacher at heart, she has offered many workshops and classes locally, online and as a featured teacher at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is the founder and organizer of the MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, an event held in Pennsylvania that supports women in the region interested in sustainable health and living. Carrying the spirit of MidAtlantic Women’s Conference throughout the year, she developed on online forum, GingerJuice, where women can gather, make connections about sustainable health and where learning continues with Charis and many guest teachers.
Follow Charis's blog at: www.CharisLindrooth.com
Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith, M.S. is a naturopathic consultant and certified yoga instructor with more than ten years of training and experience in herbs, natural supplements, Ayurveda and ancient healing methods. Her intuitive, gentle approach assists the body's natural healing process and helps restore balance and rhythm to mind, body and spirit. She has led several wonderful travel yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Vermont and Italy. She is owner of Healing Earth Studio and Wellness Center in Lenharstville, PA.
Follow Kerry's blog at: www.KerrySmith.org
Suzanna Stone
Suzanna is an herbalist in Scottsville VA. She founded Owlcraft Healing Ways, an outdoor herb school, where she offers clinical herbal consultations and teaches nine-month herbal apprenticeships and day classes in herbal medicine, traditional foodways, and plant spirit medicine. She was raised in a home where herbs and whole foods were the foundations of health and has spent the last 18 years broadening that foundation and deepening her knowledge and understanding of the healing herbs. She teaches at herb schools and conferences throughout the country and is a co-founder of The Gaia Gathering for Women in Charlottesville, VA. Her passion for the drum led her to Senegal where she studied traditional West African drumming and dancing. Her chants can be found on her CD "Songs from the Spiral". She stewards five acres of plant filled land with her artist/writer partner, their three children and various chickens, goats, cats and the canine herbalist Artemis.
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Friday, September 28th
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Spiritual Bathing, Massage and Healing Ceremonies of Ecuador This pre-conference intensive with Rocio Alarcón is an experiential workshop and introduces bathing with plants, massage and healing ceremonies of Ecuador. Space is limited.
Saturday, September 29th
7:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration
Vendor booths open. Coffee, tea and snacks available for purchase from vendors.
9:00 am: Opening Circle, all meet in the Oak Hall
Opening Remarks: What the Plants Teach Us about Being Together ~ Charis Lindrooth
9:30 am: Morning Keynote Address
Head, Heart, and Hands: How We Know What We Know ~ Maia Toll
One of the joys of herbalism is that it allows for a multi-sensory and inter-disciplinary approach to learning. But how can we feel secure in our knowledge? How do we know if we’re “doing it right?” What if we don’t relate to the plants in the same way as other people? There is a rich bounty to be discovered through working with botanicals. Let’s talk about how we know what we know.
10:30 am: Break
Vendor booths open
10:45 am: Saturday Morning Classes Begin
Oak Hall
Materia Medica of Cannabis ~ Tammi Sweet   i
Have you been wanting to understand the uses of Cannabis? Have you heard it can cure almost everything (it IS helpful in many situations but it can’t cure everything)? What’s the deal with CBD oil? Well please come with these questions and more to the workshop on the Materia Medica of Cannabis. We will start with a little history and botany of the plant. Growing considerations will also be covered so you can ask the proper questions of your growers. Since this beloved plant cannot cure everything, proper uses including preparation and dose considerations will also be covered. We will spend considerable time on the latest science regarding the mechanism of action within the body so we can understand WHY certain strains are beneficial and why certain strains can exacerbate the problem. We will answer question about CBD oil, what it is good for and when you actually need THC. Finally, we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant.
Elderflower Tent
Five Plant Allies for Our Times ~ Kathleen Maier   i
This class will journey deeply into the wonderful medicine of Lobelia (Lobelia inflate), Poke (Phytolacca Americana), Prickly Ash (Xanthoxylum americanum), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), and Black Cohosh (Actea racemosa) and how appropriate they are for these changing times. We will learn their sacred language through chemistry, medicine making as well as a brief plant journey.
Rose Tent
Natural Pain Relief ~ Kathi Keville   i
Conquering pain associated with menstruation, PMS, headaches, arthritis, fibroids, etc. How pain and stress alter us physically and emotionally and treating the resulting symptoms. Dealing with chronic pain and the side effects of pain drugs. How to develop custom protocols incorporating herbs with aromatherapy, acupressure, flower essences and lifestyle.
Lavender Tent
Herbs for Hypertension ~ Tiffany Robbins   i
We have all heard of high blood pressure, and may even be dealing with it but what exactly is it and more importantly what causes it? Herbs and lifestyle changes can be effective allies in alleviating hypertension. Learn the mechanisms and pathways through which hypotensive phytochemicals work in our bodies.
Red Clover Tent
Manifest Your Authentic Self ~ Kerry Smith   i
In our culture of superficiality, constant movement and pressure to do and be more, it's easy to forget the work of remembering who we truly are. This workshop will focus on how to identify fundamental blocks to authenticity and highlight practices and herbs that will encourage one's radiant soul to shine.
12:15 - 1:45 pm: Lunch Break
Vendor booths open
1:45 pm: Saturday Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall
Aromatherapy in the Bottle and Garden ~ Kathy Keville   i
Looking into the nature of essential oils, we’ll see what they are and how they work on body, mind and spirit, to make your own decisions when and how to use them wisely. How to use (and grow) aromatic herbs that offer similar benefits. How folklore is leading science to discover an amazing interaction of healing scents between plants and people. Based on Kathi's new book "The Aromatherapy Garden."
Elderflower Tent
Mandala of Endocrine Functions ~ Kathleen Maier   i
Through the lens of Traditional Western Energetics we will look at the magnificence of the endocrine system and understand complexities and why it is so easy to throw this system off balance. Epidemic of thyroid dysfunction among women is just one reflection of the imbalance. Weight gain, pain, insomnia and reproductive issues can all be tended with a deeper understanding of the messages our hormones are really communicating.
Rose Tent
The Art of Postpartum Massage ~ Rocio Alarcon   i
"Encaderamiento” is an ancestral skill that consists of helping a postpartum woman recover her body’s fortitude and adapt itself to a new life. Sadly, this type of post-birth practice is becoming lost as well as the significance of childbearing and birthing. With the assistance of “encaderamiento,” the body recovers muscular tone which prevents a number of problems faced by women post-childbearing such as incontinence, constipation, problems with the colon, weakness of the pelvic bones and bladder position. Bring a scarf or wrap if possible.
Lavender Tent
Herb Infused Chocolates ~ Hailey Cohn   i
In this workshop, Hailey will share her expertise in creating divine tasting herbal medicine. Participants will have the opportunity to explore several different herbal infusions with coconut based herb infused oils and create medicinal ‘treats’ with those infusions. Hailey will also share how ingesting herbs with different types of foods can support one through times of illness. Each participant will leave with 2 truffles and some herbally infused recipes.
Red Clover Tent
Making Sacred Prayer Flags ~ Tamu Ngina   i
Using intention, color and symbolism to create a Sacred Prayer Flag. Participants are invited to choose five herbs for their metaphysical meanings or other symbols to create a miniature five banner prayer flag. Paints, markers, pencils and pastels will be available to add color to the flags. You can add your flag to the MAWHC annual prayer flag chain, or take it home for your own sacred purpose.
3:30 pm: Mid-Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall
Passion, Products, and Paying Taxes ~ Maia Toll   i
Ready to turn your love of herbs into a business? This workshop-style class will help you clarify your passion and identify your product (whether that means whipping up syrups in your kitchen, consulting with clients on their health, or teaching anything from gardening to gut remedies!). We’ll talk about the upsides and the inevitable downsides of turning your love of botanicals into a full-time career. Plus, Maia will share lessons learned from a dozen years in herbal retail, clinical work, and as a creatrix of successful programs in women’s wisdom and wellness. Note: we will not be discussing G.M.P.s or legal issues.
Elderflower Tent
Anatomy & Physiology of Leaky Gut Syndrome ~ Tammi Sweet   i
Since inflammation is the only way to heal any injury in the body, what happens when the food we are eating is causing injury to our gut wall? We persist in a state of chronic inflammation that does not stay localized to the intestinal lining. We will examine the etiology of food intolerance and how it leads to leaky gut, chronic inflammation and many other chronic diseases. Discussion will also include the anatomy & physiology of the gut lining and the vast interface of the immune system living there. We of course, will round out the discussion with ways of healing the injury and moving towards health.
Rose Tent
How to Imbibe Your Fragrant Garden All Year ~ Tiffany Robbins   i
Who dreams of lilacs and roses in January? Flipping through the seed catalogs in winter, who longs to smell hyacinths? Let's learn how to capture those alluring and intoxicating scents from our fragrant gardens. This class will have your noses open!
Lavender Tent
Sacred Art Mandala Meditation ~ Tamu Ngina   i
Using intention, color and symbolism to create a Sacred Art Mandala Meditation. Participants are invited to use color in the form of markers, paints, pencils or pastels on cardstock or other medium to create mandalas for meditation. Themes can be spontaneous or represent the metaphysical meaning of various herbs of choice.
Red Clover Tent
Belly Dancing: Assaya Technique ~ Nourhan Sharif   i
The scratchy cry of the rababa & the swirling shout of the mizmar, inspire a strong yet playful dance. The canes twirl & strike to the pounding Saidi beat of the huge Tabla Baladi. All the women & men of Southern Egypt enjoin in the optimistic tradition of Upper Egyptian dance. Their long galabayya flows with the song. The altitude is high, but the center of gravity is low! (Beginners)
5:00 pm: Celebratory Dinner
Pre-purchase meal tickets! All vendors open for shopping. Mom's of Kids' Campers: Pick up kids to join us.
6:15 pm: Evening Keynote Address - Rocio Alarcón
The Secret Energy of Plants ~
Living beings have developed a variety of relationships with many flowering species of plants. Relationships with these plants flow in different ways from the physical to the emotional, spiritual, and others. Let’s take a look at the plants used in health ceremonies of Ecuador and Europe. We will see how Cocoa, Theobroma cacao, and Ayahuasca, Banisteriopsis caapi, play a role in the three levels of the plant-human relationship: physical, emotional and spiritual. In Europe, the area of the Basque Country of Spain, complex Artemisias with different species such as Absinthium, Annua, etc., Yarrow, Achillea millenfolium, and Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, play a similar role in opening the mind. All of these plants are called master or shamanic plants and when approached with sacred intention can teach us a valuable lesson about love.
7:30pm: Wild Women's Fire Circle ~ Suzanna Stone
Held outdoors at fire pit, weather permitting. Held in Oak Hall if weather is too uncomfortable for outdoor drumming.
Sunday, September 30th
8:00pm: Secrets of the Garden
Plant meditation.
9:00 am: Morning Intensives Begin
Oak Hall
Shamanic Practices of Ecuador ~ Rocio Alarcon   i
Before western medicine, many shamanic practices historically helped to maintain people’s health and minimize stress and other problems that now are common health issues in today’s society. In this workshop, Rocio will share sacred ceremonies and practices of her homeland that we can incorporate into our lives to bring greater balance, harmony and health. We will have shamanic experiences using aromatic plants, ishpingo (sacred tree) and candles to move and release various traumas. If possible bring two candles, a medium size towel and a bundle of fresh aromatic herbs.
Elderflower Tent
Managing Cholesterol Naturally ~ Kathleen Maier   i
Many people today are faced with challenging questions about their cardiovascular health. The medicalization of our hearts is taking away our confidence in our ability to sustain our own health. This class looks at the myths surrounding hypertension, high cholesterol and statin drugs. We will talk about cholesterol as our primary anti-oxidant for dealing with stress and look at the deep reaches stress plays in our world today. Of course we will learn about the plethora of wonderful herbs we have to work with dealing with the effect of inflammation.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Sunday Brunch
Tickets must be pre-purchased. Vendor booths open!
12:30 pm: Sunday Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall
The Art of Effective Formulation ~ Maia Toll   i
Having a repertoire of herbs is a great beginning but if you want to take your healing work to the next level you'll need to master formulating. In this class you’ll learn how to blend for symptoms (like a cough or a bladder infections) as well as how to create personalized blends and protocols. We’ll dive into traditional philosophies on formulating and learn how to blend with a variety of herbal preparations. Plus you’ll learn a few common (and easily avoided!) mistakes to take your blends from blah to brilliant.
Elderflower Tent
The Heart of the Matter ~ Tammi Sweet   i
These shifting times call upon us to communicate and move in new ways. This “new” way is actually our birthright. Shamans and healers have carried this knowing in their traditions and it’s time for our re-membering. Currently referred to in scientific literature as “heart literacy” or “heart coherence”, it can be used in everyday life to access and communicate with the world around us. Let’s explore this “new science” of the heart, clear techniques for accessing this incredible center for perceiving the world around us, and how living from this heart-centered place will benefit our health and the health of life around us.
Lavender Tent
Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health ~ Kathy Keville   i
Ready to learn some core ways to stay healthy and happy from puberty through menopause and beyond? Based on my book, we will delve deeper into the commonality of women’s transitions and conditions. Treatments for menstrual irregularity, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, PMS and more will be addressed. Deciphering imbalances and then, choosing herbs best suited for each woman is key. Let’s separating fact from "herban lore."
2:15 - 2:30 pm: Closing Circle
Outside, weather permitting. All join hands to honor our friendships before we part once again.
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Conference Registration, Sat and Sun
Join us for both Saturday and Sunday for the best deal. Both days are rich in information, fun and community building. Save $10 off the "at the door" price of $225.
Registration, Sat Only
Registration for Saturday Only classes.
Registration, Sun Only
Registration for Sunday Only classes.
Elder Registration
Saturday and Sunday Registration for Elders, aka Seniors, 65 years and older.
Student Registration
Saturday and Sunday Registration for full time students if in financial need only! ID required.
Young Teen Registration
Young teens aged 13-16 are able to attend both days at this great price!
Teacher Registration
Add this item if you are a teacher at this year's MAWHC.
Spiritual Bathing, Massage and Healing Ceremonies of Ecuador
This pre-conference intensive with Rocio Alarcon is an experiential workshop and introduces bathing with plants, massage and healing ceremonies of Ecuador. Space is limited. Friday, September 28, 3-6PM
Denise Hendricks Scholarship Fund
This fund is dedicated to the memory of Denise Hendricks who recently passed away from brain cancer, a short 7 weeks after her diagnosis. She was passionate about plants, gardening and loved attending the MAWHC. These funds will be used to give tuition to a woman over 45 years of age who is currently facing cancer. To donate an amount other than listed, please email us.
Denise Hendricks Scholarship Fund Basic
This fund is dedicated to the memory of Denise Hendricks who recently passed away from brain cancer, a short 7 weeks after her diagnosis. She was passionate about plants, gardening and loved attending the MAWHC. These funds will be used to give tuition to a woman over 45 years of age who is currently facing cancer.
Donors at this level will receive a tea sample and two delicious herbal latte recipes from Mama Flowers in their registration bag. To donate an amount other than listed, please email us.
Pre-Order 2018 Recordings
Order recordings in advance for the 2018 conference at a discounted price (save $10).
Saturday Kid's Camp
A fun day of learning, play and connection with nature. The program runs during class and keynote hours. Children, except babies, must be enrolled in camp to attend the conference! Saturday Only! Art, herbal projects, drumming, and lots of fun. Snacks included. Child must be fully potty-trained! Space is limited!
Meal Package
Buffet style meals, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food. Vegetarian and meat options. Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch are included.
Saturday Lunch Only Meal Ticket
Saturday Lunch - Buffet style meal, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food. Vegetarian and meat options.
Sunday Brunch
Buffet style meal, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food. Vegetarian and meat options. Simple, yet nourishing and delicious.
Lunch for Kid's Camper
Saturday lunch ticket for child enrolled in Kid's Camp only.
Dinner for Kid's Camper
Saturday dinner ticket for Kids Campers Only!
Camping Friday Night
Per person price! Camping outdoors with access to running water and porta johns. No showers.
Camping Saturday Night
Per Person Price! Camping outdoors with access to running water and porta johns. No showers.
Refund Policy
All refund requests must be received in writing by September 6, 2018, by email to botanicwise@gmail.com or by snail mail to PO Box 5, Kempton, PA 19529. All fees, including tuition and intensives, except $35 processing fee are refundable until September 6th. Emergencies are included. You may also transfer your registration to another person, if you can find someone to take your place. After September 6, 2018 absolutely positively no refunds.
Our Generous Sponsors
chestnut school
woodland essence
natural awakenings
sacred plant traditions
mama flowers
red earth farm
mountain rose herbs
Our sponsors' generous contributions have given root to our new Scholarship Program, providing tuition assistance to women in financial need.

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