On April 26, 2014 Montgomery College bestowed the Milton F. Clogg Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award to Marga C. Fripp, at the 2014 Alumni Awards ceremony. Among those honored, the award was conferred to Marga in recognition of her visionary work at Empowered Women International, her dedication to women’s leadership and empowerment, and her contribution to solving social problems through the arts, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The award is the highest and most prestigious honor given to alumni who “have demonstrated exemplary contributions to their professions, their communities, and/or the college.”
Marga’s dedication to empower women stems from her deep desire to give voice to immigrants, refugee, and low-income women whose American Dreams were met by immense hurdles and challenges. While her passion and vision were the driving force behind her work, it could have not come into fruition without the education she received at a time when opportunities seemed limited in her own personal life. In fact, Marga first came to Montgomery Collage as a fresh ESL student after immigrating from Romania on September 20, 2001, and excelled through her classes. She understands the importance of education, and one of her life lessons is that regardless of the situation and the difficulties life throws at us education can liberate us in many ways and forms.
She was deeply moved by Montgomery College’s recognition of her work, which showed that social change is really in the agenda of our beloved community. Aspiration, vision, and passion mixed with practicality, strategy, and pragmatism can really move us forward in creating a better future for women, children, and the society at large. At the ceremony, Marga was accompanies by her husband Jesse Fripp and son Arthur Fripp, Chair of EWI’s Board Directors, Dianne Lorenz, former Chair of the Board, Kate Campbell Stevenson, and Lead Entrepreneurship Trainer, Sharmila Karamchandani. They were there to support and cheer for her not only for the well-deserved accomplishments but also for the successful direction EWI is heading as a result of Marga’s leadership.
In Marga’s own words “It’s a humbling experience to be selected for this award. I dedicate this to all of you – the amazing leaders, visionaries, entrepreneurs – with whom I build EWI every day.” As much as it was a team effort, Marga’s visionary touch made the greatest difference in reaching this transformative milestone.
From the team at EWI and beyond, we congratulate Marga for her well-deserved award and remain confident that this is just the beginning of another successful year!
Written by Hanna Yamir