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 six $1000 scholarships for fall semester, 2017.

Winners are Geanina Brown, UCCS, Early Childhood Education; Katherine Latona, UCCS, Art History; Astride Mukabagula, PPCC, Accounting; Karsang Sherpa, UCCS, Mechanical Engineering; Lamu Sherpa, UCCS, Economics; and Thecla Shubert, PPCC, Communications.

Questions about the scholarship and award process should be directed to the Local Scholarship Chair at

The application form for 2018 will be posted by December 31, 2017.

Download the Scholarship Application here!

APPLICATIONS: 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 30, 2018. The 2018 application form will also be 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 recomender 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 has encouraged women to seek higher education by offering scholarships. We currently offer scholarships to students enrolled at our local PPCC and UCCS. The application form is on the UCCS, PPCC and AAUW-Colorado Springs web sites. Directors and counselors in financial aid offices at UCCS and PPCC are enlisted to encourage students to apply.

Our major fund-raiser is Authors’ Day, where 3-5 Colorado authors speak to our members and the community at a luncheon. Book sales of the authors’ books (with the help of Mary Cilletti at Hooked on Books) and a silent auction supplement the money raised by ticket sales. A portion of proceeds from grocery store gift card programs is dedicated to local scholarships, In addition, donations are made by members and friends throughout the year. Distribution amounts have varied, but we are pleased to announce we were able to give five $1000 scholarships for the school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, thanks to the generosity and support of our AAUW members and the community.

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 2016 winners represent all the others.

  • “Any amount of scholarship is a huge help to me, so thank you so much for choosing me as one of your five top candidates. I am truly grateful. This year’s scholarship application has impacted me so much that I have decided when I have all my loans paid off, I will be starting my own scholarship fund to help women like me to get their degrees in the future”
  • “Thank you for honoring me with this generous scholarship. Each of you I was fortunate to meet from AAUW showered me with kindness and encouragement. Now I have something to strive for on my journey toward sustainability. I want to help other women achieve their full potential and reach their academic dreams the way you all have supported me. Thank you for easing my academic financial burden.”
  • “My children are a challenge when I also have school and work; however, if it weren’t for them, I would not have the drive that i have to complete my degree and give them a life they deserve.  The AAUW scholarship is helping me overcome the many challenges I face as a non-traditional student. Thank you so much for all your generosity and thank you for believing in me and helping me overcome barriers”