This program, made available through the generosity of donors, is a means for encouraging younger members of our community to experience women’s collective giving by stepping up to membership.  It specifically targets those individuals with an interest in philanthropy that would initially struggle to fund a new membership on their own but feel capable of doing so in 4 years.  Scholarship dollars helps Scholarship Recipients step up to membership by supplementing membership fees.  Every year, Impact 100 raises funds to support between 4-5 new Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Young Philanthropists.  

Scholarship applications for 2024 membership will be open from September 1st – November 10th, 2023. For any questions, please contact Catherine O’Shea at

Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Young Philanthropist Scholarship Program

Applicant Criteria

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • NOT be current or former members of Impact 100. Those whose memberships have been sponsored previously are eligible.
  • Be at least 18 years of age and under 40 years of age on December 31 of year of application.
  • Express an interest in philanthropy.
  • Be committed to contributing for all three years and then to becoming a Half Member ($500) in the fourth year. The contribution by each Young Philanthropist is outlined below:
    • Year 1: Young Philanthropist contributes $125: Scholarship contributes $375
    • Year 2: Young Philanthropist contributes $250: Scholarship contributes $250
    • Year 3: Young Philanthropist contributes $375: Scholarship contributes $125
    • Year 4: Young Philanthropist contributes $500 to be a Half Member to Impact 100
    • Half or Full Membership by Year 4 is the expectation of scholarship recipients.
  • Participate in a committee (i.e. Recruiting, Membership, Communications, Marketing, or Focus Area Committee) all three years.
  • Attend the Young Philanthropist Orientation and Annual Awards Celebration in September. Members are also encouraged to annually attend other signature events, including, Meet the Finalists, Giving Tuesday, and The BIG Reveal.
  • Complete a yearly report survey of their experiences.

Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Young Philanthropist Scholarship members are encouraged to annually attend other membership and signature events, including Meet the Finalists, Giving Tuesday, & Membership Announcement.

How can you help this program?

  • Share: Do you know a co-worker, relative or neighbor who would make a great candidate? Please pass this opportunity along.
  • Shop: All monies generated from AmazonSmile and Kroger affinity programs are used to help fund the scholarships. Please continue to support these programs at no cost to you. Click here for more information.
  • Donate: We welcome donations to the scholarship fund. To contribute please visit our donation page.
  • Share Gratitude:  This program was financially assisted by the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee and The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, & Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees.

For more information contact Catherine O’Shea at