Kathleen Lynn Marie Wilkes Scholarship

The Save A Girl, Save A World Kathleen Lynn Marie Wilkes Scholarship fund is sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America. It is designated to provide financial assistance to students achieving academic success while being in service to their communities. The goal of the SAGSAW program is to develop leadership skills, encourage a spirit of social justice and create advocates for social change. Scholarships up to $2500 will be awarded to the winning recipients.

About Kathleen Lynn Marie Wilkes ​

​Kathleen “Kathi” Wilkes raised the bar and set the standard for all those around her as well as other seasoned professionals.  Her professional career was a composite of numerous fields including: registered nurse, college professor, practicing attorney.  government relations & business consultant, Chief of Staff for a congressional representative, senior policy advisor and a Capitol Hill lobbyist.  Kathi was a woman of many triumphs who had a great fondness for young people.  She was an adventurous entrepreneur and was equipped to climb the highest mountains and obtain the greatest achievements. 

Two of her many accomplishments included raising over $16 million dollars for the historic Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial as well as working with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to secure substantial funding for the historic Sojourner Truth bust which is placed in the Washington, D.C. Capitol Rotunda.  Kathi was a true servant, community leader and mentor to many staffers on Capitol Hill where she was an advisor to many Congressional Black Caucus members over many years.  She was a dedicated member of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation-Black Women’s Roundtable and served as a founding board member for Bennett College’s Save a Girl, Save A World mentoring program.  She had a “true” passion for mentorship, politics and was actively involved in community advocacy. Kathi made her heavenly transition in July, 2012 and she is missed by many who loved her and worked with her.