Each year AAUW’s Educational Opportunity Fund provides about $4 million in fellowships, grants, and awards for outstanding women around the globe and for community action projects. It also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education, and provides support for women seeking judicial redress for sexual discrimination.
The Harrisburg AAUW Funds Committee organizes fundraising projects throughout the year. The proceeds are donated to the Educational Opportunity Fund in the form of honoree awards.
Funds Committee Awards
Named Gift Honorees
Branch members are recognized for their leadership and significant commitment of time and talents to our branch. A contribution of $500 is made to the AAUW Educational Opportunity Fund in each of their names. See the list.
Recognition of Outstanding Leaders
The Harrisburg Branch AAUW Funds Committee also selects community and branch leaders for recognition.
Community Woman of the Year
The AAUW Harrisburg Community Woman of the Year award recognizes a non-branch member who embodies the AAUW ideals of service to the educational, social justice, and/or civic needs of our community. See the list.
Gateway to Equity Award
This honors an individual, group or organization that has shown by action and philosophy the promotion of the AAUW mission of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. See the list.
Outstanding Branch Member
The Outstanding Branch Member is someone who has consistently participated in branch activities to a noteworthy degree. See the list.
AAUW Harrisburg Community Women of the Year History
1988 Marnie Brennan (Director, Harrisburg Community Theatre)
1989 Dr. Patricia C. Donohue (Math. professor, Harrisburg Area Community College)
1990 Kim Shuster DuBois (WomanCare)
1991 Susan Anthony (community relations, The Patriot-News)
1992 Sharon Hankermeyer (Founder of Delta Housing, social service organization)
1993 Linda Hicks (PA Department of Public Welfare and community volunteer)
1994 Patricia B. Cameron, (Head of St Stephen’s Episcopal School)
1995 Dr. Virginia Hall, (physician)
1996 Sara Jane Cate (library advocate)
1997 Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq (educator)
1998 Margaret Mielke (piano teacher)
1999 Irene Baird (educator, Penn State Harrisburg and prison literacy program)
2000 Edna Baehre (President, Harrisburg Area Community College), Sandra Mosten (Harrisburg City Council member), and Kay Pickering (community volunteer)
2001 Anne Alsedek (founder, Open Stage of Harrisburg)
2002 Rebecca Pringle (science teacher, Susquehanna Township Middle School)
2003 Ann Van Dyke (PA Human Relations Commission)
2004 Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. (author)
2005 Nancy Besch (Cumberland County commissioner)
2006 Susan T. Mulford (Habitat for Humanity)
2007 Ruth Koup (Founder and CEO, Dress for Success South Central PA)
2008 Fredrika M. McKain (President/CEO, Institute for Cultural Partnerships)
2009 Anne Alsedek (Capital Area School for the Arts)
2010 Betty Holmboe (Director, Capital Region Partnership for Career Development)
2011 Susan Stauffer (Director, Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning, Messiah Village)
2012 Lori Lauver (Director of Education, Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts)
2013 Yvonne Hollins (Executive Director, The Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennyslvania)
2014 Kristen L. Hauser (Vice President, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape)
2015 Carrie Wissler-Thomas (Art Association of Harrisburg)
2016 Jonelle Prether Darr (Executive Director, Cumberland County Library System)
2017 Pat Vance (Retired Pennsylvania State Senator)