THE AWARD: The Colorado Springs Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the oldest women’s organization in the United States, whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research has awarded five $1000 scholarships for fall semester, 2016.
Scholarship winners are: Beverly Brown, Outdoor Recreation Leadership, PPCC; Michelle Ihlefeldt, Accounting, PPCC; Theresa Klinitski, Business Marketing Innovation, UCCS; Mary Oketunmbi, Nursing, PPCC; and Summer South, Nursing, UCCS.
Thank you to the scholarship selection committee: Margaret Baptist, Charlotte Gagne, Linda McIlnay, Joann Oh, and Sally Metzger.
RESTRICTIONS: The applicant must be a woman, must have earned at least 36 college credit hours but must not be a graduate student, must be currently attending either PPCC or UCCS, must be planning to attend fall semester classes at PPCC or UCCS, and must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Scholarship applications will be judged by the Local Scholarships Committee on the equally weighted criteria of academic excellence, financial need, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
DEADLINE: Applications, including the grade transcripts and recommendations, must be received by March 31, 2016. The 2016 application form is also available on PPCC and UCCS scholarship web sites.
SUBMISSION RULES: Applications should be submitted to the AAUW Local Scholarship Committee,12620 Bridle Bit Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80908. Letters of recommendation must be sent by the recommender and grade transcripts must be sent by the school to this address.
NOTIFICATION: The scholarship winners will be notified personally by May 1, and the name of the winners will be posted online on this website. The winners are always invited to be our guests at our May branch meeting, where they receive their awards. Before fall registration, the scholarship money is sent by our branch treasurer to the schools of the winners, where it is deducted from their tuition and fees.
TO DONATE: A check made out to AAUW-Colorado Springs with “Local Scholarship” on the memo line may be mailed to the AAUW Treasurer, 6240 Gemstone Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Please note that donations to the Local Scholarship Fund are NOT tax deductible.
RECENT HISTORY: For many years our AAUW-Colorado Springs Branch encouraged women to seek higher education by giving scholarships to women in Denver and Pueblo as well as Colorado Springs. However, by September 2007 the money for Local Scholarships had dwindled and no applications were received that year. The Branch Local Scholarship Chair recommended changes, and the Board agreed. The application form was reduced from five pages to two; scholarships were offered only at our local UCCS and PPCC; the application form was for the first time put onto the PPCC and UCCS scholarship web sites and our branch web site.
Directors and counselors in the PPCC and UCCS Financial Aid Departments were enlisted to encourage students to apply. Concurrently, renewed efforts at fundraising with book sales and sales and opportunity drawings for a variety of items from women’s pins to Christmas ornaments to table decorations began to replenish the Local Scholarship Fund. In 2011 branch president Dixie Gordon instituted the first annual Authors’ Day as the major fundraiser for Local Scholarships. Since the spring of 2008, we have received a substantial number of applications, and we have given $18,000 in scholarships to worthy women students attending either UCCS or PPCC.
Scholarship winners for 2015 were Kimberly Copley, Nassia Duncan, Ivonne Montano, Nicole Renfrow, and Joanne Yeshulas. Members of the Scholarship Selection Committee joined the winners for this picture at the May 9,2015 luncheon:
THANKS FROM WINNERS: Our scholarship winners have always expressed their great gratitude for our small contribution toward their education and their promising futures. These comments from our 2015 winners represent all the others.
- “I am so appreciative of your support for me and my family. It has made this journey less daunting, and knowing that such an inspiring group of women is behind me 100% is priceless.”
- “The financial help I received from AAUW is a gift I will always treasure. The cost of school and the debt I have gone into to pay for my degree is quite a burden, and the relief of scholarships is beyond what I can express. Also, I am so grateful that you and AAUW have stayed in touch and continue to support me beyond the financial assistance. Knowing I have support from the community keeps me going on days when I need a little extra push to get through.”
- “I would like to express my gratitude for your generosity and belief in me. I will forever be appreciative of the gift of education you have given me and the opportunity to provide a bright future for myself and my daughter.”