COLLEGE WOMEN OF THE YEAR honorees
Celebrating women! In its sixth decade, trailblazing women who have pushed our culture forward are featured. Here’s a look at the 2017 class of female campus changemakers, including a transgender rights activist, an environmentalist, a documentary filmmaker, an award-winning journalist and a two-time NCAA Division I women’s basketball champion.
The 10 honorees are featured in Glamour’s May issue will also be honored at an awards-ceremony luncheon presented by L’Oréal in New York City.
Glamour’s College Women of the Year competition recognizes students from across the country for campus leadership, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and unique, inspiring goals. Past winners have included businesswoman and media mogul Martha Stewart, best-selling author Curtis Sittenfeld, and former Dallas mayor Laura Miller.
All winners will receive a cash prize, a trip to New York City, introductions to top professionals in a variety of fields, national recognition in the magazine, and hair styling and makeup for the awards-ceremony luncheon complements of L’Oréal Paris. Mount Holyoke College student named $20,000 grand-prize recipient (details below).
Glamour’s 2017 College Women // achievements:
Ellen Chilemba, Mount Holyoke College – “I want to help underserved women change their lives.”
Founder of Tiwale, an organization that helps Malawian women get training and a secondary education to start their own businesses, and Glamour’s $20,000 grand-prize winner:
Sarah Clements, Georgetown University
Cofounder of the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance, #Fight4AFuture Network, and Georgetown Against Gun Violence:
“My mom survived Sandy Hook. I don’t want another mass shooting to happen.”
Rebecca Dharmapalan, University of California at Berkeley
Filmmaker of International Boulevard, an award-winning documentary that looks at child sex trafficking in Oakland:
“I love making films that make a difference.”
Eli Erlick, Pitzer College
Founder of Trans Student Educational Resources, the only national organization led by trans youth:
“I want trans students to feel safe at school.”
Angela Jin, Boston College, and Nishiki Maredia, The University of Texas at Austin
Best friends and co-owners of pop-culture and social-justice lifestyle brand 1950 Collective:
“We’re breaking the mold of white guys with business ideas.”
Marjorie Kirk, University of Kentucky
Editor-in-Chief of The Kentucky Kernel who exposed allegations of sexual assault on campus:
“I won’t allow universities to hide sex offenders.”
Samantha Marquez, Yale University
Scientist and creator of the Celloidosome, a living container made of cells that has a variety of medical uses:
“I want to inspire the next generation of Latina scientists.”
Kia Nurse, University of Connecticut
Two-time NCAA Division I Championship–winning basketball player:
“I want young female athletes to defy the odds.”
Destiny Watford, Towson University
Environmentalist and cofounder of Free Your Voice, a human-rights group based in Baltimore:
“We all have a stake in the air we breathe.”
This 60th anniversary year, Glamour selected Mount Holyoke College senior Ellen Chilemba as the $20,000 grand-prize winner for her work helping Malawian women get the tools and training they need to become entrepreneurs through her organization Tiwale. Additionally, L’Oréal Paris will present a College Woman of Worth award and cash prize at the event on April 25 to the woman who exemplifies the strongest charitable spirit.
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*Ellen Chilemba, Sarah Clements, Eli Erlick, Marjorie Kirk, Samantha Marquez, and Kia Nurse photo credit: Joel Barhamand
*Angela Jin and Nishiki Maredia photo credit: Courtesy of the 1950 Collective
*Destiny Watford photo credit: Sam Kittner for the Goldman Environmental Prize
*Rebecca Dharmapalan photo credit: Rachel Deva Rani Dharmapalan