Patsy Takemoto Mink served in the US Congress from 1965-1977 and again from 1990-2002, where she represented Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. The first woman of color elected to the US House of Representatives, she worked tirelessly for civil rights, women's rights, economic justice, civil liberties, peace, and the integrity of the democratic process. On November 24, 2014, Mink was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor (more here).
Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Mink's most ardent commitments: educational access, opportunity, and equity for low-income women, especially mothers; and educational enrichment for children. In 2015, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing post-secondary education. Awardees will be notified in early November. For the list of 2014 award winners, follow the link at left.