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, 2015. Scholarship winners are 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 luncheon:

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AAUW Local Scholarship Application 2015

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, 2015. The 2015 application form will also be available on PPCC and UCCS scholarship web sites by January 1, 2015.

SUBMISSION RULES: Applications should be submitted to the AAUW Local Scholarship Committee, 3905 Hill Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. 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.

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 2014 winners represent all the others.

  • “The scholarship money will definitely be put to good use. It is much needed, so thanks so very much.”
  • “Thank you so very much for this honor and kind help to me and my family! I am just so grateful and encouraged.”
  • “Any amount of scholarship is a huge help to me, so thank you very much for choosing me as one of your top four candidates. I am truly grateful.”
  • “I would like to reiterate how exceptionally grateful I am for your generosity and belief in me. I will be forever appreciative of the gift of education you have given me and the opportunity to provide a bright future for myself and my daughter.”
  • “I have an unrelenting passion for electrical engineering and without this scholarship I would not have the financial capacity to complete my degree and start my profession as quickly as possible. You can be assured that I will make you proud of your belief in me and this financial gift that I consider a true blessing.”
  • “Thank you so much! I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded such an honor. It would be impossible for me to overstate how grateful I am for this financial assistance and how much your encouraging words mean to me.”