Women Making History

Click here to fill out the online nomination form

Check out the list below of all past nominated Women Making History!


Completed forms are due Friday, October 7, 2016 to:

Mercy Center for Women

Women Making History               or         FAX:  814-459-7012

1039 East 27th Street

Erie, PA  16504                          or   email – sschell@mcwerie.org


Mercy Center for Women will be selecting 12 women from Erie and surrounding areas to serve as the 2017 “Women Making History.” Mercy Center for Women is a transitional housing facility for homeless women with or without children. The Center provides support and services to assist these women in becoming self-sufficient, productive members of our community.

Criteria for Selection:

A nominee must be a woman who has demonstrated the following:

  1. Dedicated service in her neighborhood, workplace or community:
    1. Demonstrated volunteer work
    2. Demonstrated leadership
  2. Honesty, integrity and strong moral values:
    1. Demonstrated that she “walks the walk”
    2. Encouraged others to follow moral/ethical values
  3. A commitment to women’s issues (weighted double when scored):
    1. Inspired other women to follow their dreams
    2. Strong voice for women’s advocacy
  4. A commitment to personal growth and development:
    1. Demonstrates the courage of her convictions.
    2. Demonstrated family and/or personal accomplishments
    3. May have overcome obstacles

Nomination Process:

  1. Nominees must meet the selection criteria (listed above)
  2. Nomination form must be completed and returned by Friday, October 7, 2016, to be considered for the 2017 award.
  3. Nominations must be as complete as possible. Please do not include unsolicited attachments. {Note: you may retype this form if you need more space.} Be sure to include information on your nominee’s volunteer activities.
  4. The selection process will be as follows: A committee comprised of past recipients of this award, and the Development Committee of Mercy Center for Women will select the twelve nominees and two alternates. The Center’s Board of Trustees will make final approval.
  5. The women who are selected will be notified in early December. For those not selected, their nominators will be contacted.

Honoree Responsibilities:

If chosen, the nominee will be required to have her portrait taken (at no cost to her) by photographer Paul Lorei. She will be asked to share some of her personal history for a “bio sketch” that will accompany her portrait to be on display at the Millcreek Mall during Women’s History Month (March), as well as a written scenario of who or what inspired her to be who she is today. If selected, she will be asked to attend an Orientation Tea at Mercy Center for Women (date to be announced) and attend the pre-event reception prior to the award ceremony.   Each honoree will be videotape an interview to be used when she accepts her award at the Mercy Center for Women’s Annual Women Making History Award Ceremony, scheduled for a date in late March 2017 to be announced. Nominations must be made via this form on the Mercy Center website.

Questions:   Call Shirley Schell, Director of Development, 814-455-4577 .

Check out the list of all past nominated Women Making History!  WMH Honorees Past Alphabetical Order