In 2014, the YWCA Richmond announced the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice in honor of former Executive Director of the YWCA Richmond and Jackson Foundation, Patricia Morris Asch. The Fellowship is designed to support the work or professional development of a woman who, like Pat, has a vision for change in her own life and the drive to make positive change in the Greater Richmond community.

Eligibility & Requirements

Consideration for this award is open to any woman who is at least 50 years of age and who resides or works in Richmond City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland or Powhatan County.  Staff and relatives of YWCA Richmond and the Fellowship Selection Committee are not eligible to apply for the Fellowship.

Through the required materials detailed below, each applicant is invited to describe a potential experience this Fellowship will provide. An applicant’s proposed fellowship experience should position her to engage in new endeavors, motivated by an interest in positive social change, and/or enable her to “grow through change,” achieve personal and professional goals and contribute to social justice in our community.

Click here to download the 2017 Pat Asch Fellowship Packet, which includes all application requirements and details.

2017 Application Deadline is closed

All application materials must have been received no later than: 5:00 p.m. on, February 20, 2017 by email for consideration for the 2017 Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice. Applications are not accepted by facsimile or mail.


Finalists will be notified of the Committee’s final selection status by April 1, 2017, and the Fellowship recipient will be announced to the public at YWCA Richmond’s 2017 Outstanding Women Awards luncheon.

If selected for this Fellowship, applicants should note that the Fellowship is considered income. Fellowship recipients are encouraged to discuss filing requirements with their tax advisers.


For more information about the Pat Asch Fellowship for Social Justice, you may contact:
Rupa Murthy, Chief Development Officer at 804-980-7302 or rmurthy(at)ywcarichmond(dot)org.