In 2017, the Harrisburg branch of the American Association of University Women will award three scholarships: the Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship, the Martha M. Dohner Memorial Scholarship, and the Mary Lou McDowell Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship recipients may attend any accredited college or university in Pennsylvania but must be a resident of Dauphin or Cumberland County; the Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship is also open to residents of Perry County. Eligibility, financial need and academic achievement must be demonstrated. An essay and references are also part of the application package. The 2017 application deadline has passed. Application materials may be viewed as examples. Forms for 2018 will be available early in the year.
The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship was established by the Harrisburg Branch of AAUW to honor our past president. Ms. Smith was a nationally known and respected expert on refugee resettlement and immigration. She devoted her life to helping people of diverse nationalities begin new lives and obtain education, homes, health care, and legal advice. To honor her memory, the branch assists with the education of a woman working towards a Bachelor’s degree. We would especially like to assist someone who embodies Ms. Smith’s vision. A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is awarded annually in her name. The applicant must have completed at least 60 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree by end of spring 2017 term. Get the 2017 application packet.
The Martha M. Dohner Memorial Scholarship was established by the Harrisburg Branch of AAUW as part of our continued commitment to the community and the education of women. Ms. Dohner was a respected member of the organization and an active community volunteer. The branch honors her memory by assisting with the education of a woman pursuing her degree with goals that will help fulfill the mission of AAUW. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually in Ms. Dohner’s name. The recipient must have earned at least 15 college credits. Get the 2017 application packet.
The Mary Lou McDowell Memorial Scholarship was established by the Harrisburg Branch of AAUW to pay tribute to Mrs. McDowell’s years of service to our organization and her community. Her passion for learning and zest for life were evident in her commitment to community service, educational opportunities for youth, and lifelong learning for all. To honor her memory, the branch is offering a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 this year. The recipient must have earned at least 15 college credits. Get the 2017 application packet.
Each year, a scholarship committee made up of branch members oversees the application process. Scholarship applications are made available in February/March, and application packages are sent to the financial aid offices of colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. Completed applications are due in June. The committee reviews applications to ensure that all requirements have been met and scores them based on need and may interview finalists as part of the selection process. The awardees will be honored at our branch luncheon in September. The scholarship recipients may also receive branch support to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (http://www.nccwsl.org/). The awardees are members of the branch for the year and are encouraged to join programs and activities as their time allows. AAUW encourages them to continue their membership to lend a hand to those that follow and to make lasting friendship and ties to help guide their futures.