Honoring women who exemplify notable achievement and
outstanding service in Northern Kentucky.

Mission

The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards honor women who exemplify notable achievement; outstanding service in their professions or to the Northern Kentucky community; and the qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership.

The Outstanding Women — who live, work or volunteer in Northern Kentucky — represent the great diversity and extraordinary accomplishment of today’s women. All of the honorees represent ideal role models for the young women who follow in their footsteps.

Since the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were established in the fall of 1984, more than 140 women have been recognized for blazing trails, opening doors and demonstrating leadership in their homes, their professions, their communities or their state.

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A word from Lora Jones

2016 Scholarship Winner – Gateway Community & Technical College

“I have a dream and am determined to see it through…My journey has not been easy but I study hard and I give 110% to
my studies to obtain my dream. I want to make a difference and this is the only way I know to do it.”

A word from Kathleen Durchholz-Biggs

2016 Scholarship Winner – Northern Kentucky University

“I cannot tell you how many closed doors and absurd mindsets I had to push past for 20 plus years, what I can say is,
when one marries passion to both formal education and perseverance then all bets are off, anything is possible! This is a primary reason
that I am a life-long learner and very close to finishing a B.A. in Organizational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University and headed
toward a Masters in Theological Studies at Asbury Seminary. “

A word from Melanie Johnson

2016 Scholarship Winner – Thomas More College

“To be honored with this prestigious award of Northern Kentucky women for the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky
scholarship is such an incredible opportunity. To have become Thomas More College’s recipient is reflective of the incredible
educational experience of the TAP program. The drive to achieve academic excellence with a well-rounded, faith-based educational
institution has inspired me to give back in my community.”

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