The St. Lawrence County Branch of AAUW is now accepting applications for the 2017 AAUW Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a female SUNY Canton student who is a permanent resident of St. Lawrence County continuing her higher education by transitioning from a local two-year college program to an accredited four-year program.
The $500 scholarship is a one-time award. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 to apply. Preference will be given to non-traditional aged women who show leadership and community service potential and are pursuing their degree in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
Application forms are available on the AAUW-St. Lawrence County website (http://stlawrence.aauw-nys.org). The 2017 Scholarship will be awarded at the St. Lawrence County Branch annual meeting this spring.
Applicants should submit the completed application form, a faculty letter of support, and a 500-700 word letter reflecting on their educational goals, career ambitions and a community service history. Completed application packets can be submitted electronically to Nancy Rowledge, AAUW Secretary, at [email protected] by May 1 at 4 pm.
The scholarship recipient will be asked to participate in branch public relations to highlight AAUW’s efforts locally to promote education and equity for women and girls. A student membership in AAUW is part of the award. The scholarship recipient will have unrestrictive use of the money once proof of registration in a four-year degree program is provided.
The 2017 AAUW Scholarship is given in memory of long-time member Beverly Darnell Washburn (1931-2015). Mrs. Washburn was a fifth and sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Potsdam Central School from 1966 until retirement in 1986. She enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in San Antonio, TX from 1949 until 1953. She was a founding member of the Women’s Air Force band, as tuba player, which formed in 1951 and performed until it’s merging with the men’s band in 1960.
She was a member of the St. Lawrence County Branch, AAUW, where she served as treasurer for several years. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Washburn, visited over 76 countries on six continents in the course of their careers, both for pleasure and for research, traveling extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Orient, South America, Africa, and Australia.
Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch, founded in 1927, is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
AAUW, with its nationwide network of more than 150,000 members and supporters, more than 1,000 branches conducting programs in communities across the country, and 869 college and university partners (including all four local colleges), has been a leading advocate for equity and education for women and their families since 1881.
For more information about AAUW in St. Lawrence County, contact President Betty Connolly at [email protected] or Public Policy Chair Kathleen Stein at 386-3812, [email protected], or visit the branch website, http://stlawrence.aauw-nys.org/.