Scholarship Chair: Mo Sigler, MoSigler email@example.com
You may be wondering if our AAUW branch awarded any scholarships last spring, given that the annual Scholarship Luncheon needed to be canceled. You’ll be happy to know that eight women students from UCCS and PPCC have been awarded scholarships! Eight is the largest number of scholarship recipients for our branch and the scholarship amounts were the largest ever awarded in one year. A total of $12,700 has been awarded to the eight recipients.
Please note that $3,700 of the $12,700 total reflects the amount donated to the Addie Mae Memorial Scholarship Fund, a one-year award to be given to a young woman pursuing a degree in Elementary Education or Counseling. The Addie Mae Memorial Scholarship was established by Paula and Dave Munger to honor their great niece, Addie Mae, who unexpectedly died as the result of a tragic accident in September 2019. After seeing the amount donated to the memorial, Paula and Dave determined that two scholarships should be awarded.
In this update, you are introduced to the two women selected for the Addie Mae Memorial Scholarships of $1,850 each. In the September, you will be introduced to the six recipients of the branch’s local scholarships.
Addie Mae Memorial Scholarship Recipients
Juliette is a traditional age college student attending Pikes Peak Community College studying Elementary Education. Prior to her selection for this scholarship, she had completed three semesters at PPCC as a full-time student, earning a 3.84 cumulative GPA. Her family of six moved to Monument for Juliette’s junior year of high school. Despite being new to the school and the city, Juliette was honored with the Ranger of Character award at her high school.
Juliette’s passion for elementary education was inspired by her experience as a children’s and youth ministry intern as well as by her experience working part-time at the YMCA with children’s programs.
The possibility of pursuing a college degree seemed insurmountable to Anna given the lack of a formal education throughout her childhood. Her perspective began to change when she moved to Colorado in 2013 for a full-time voluntary service position at New Horizons Ministries in Canon City, CO for three and a half years. Anna volunteered as a part-time, live-in mentor for women exiting incarceration. Helping them process and understand their own journeys affirmed her decision to pursue a career in counseling.
Anna will graduate Fall 2020 from Pikes Peak Community College with her Associate degree and will transfer to University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for Spring 2021. At the time she was selected for this scholarship, Anna had maintained a 4.0 GPA for all of her semesters.