In 2016 the Harrisburg branch of the American Association of University women will award three annual scholarships: the Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship, the Martha M. Dohner Memorial Scholarship, and the Sue C. Peck Scholarship. Scholarship recipients may attend any accredited college or university in Pennsylvania but must be a resident of Dauphin, Cumberland, or Perry County. Financial need and academic achievement must be demonstrated. An essay and references are also part of the application package. All applications are due June 1. Application packets currently posted are samples only. Materials for 2017 will be posted in early spring.
The Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship was established by the Harrisburg Branch of the 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. We want to honor her memory by assisting 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 2016 term. Get the 2016 application packet. The application deadline is June 1, 2016.
The Martha M. Dohner Memorial Scholarship was established by the Harrisburg Branch of the 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 2016 application packet. The application deadline is June 1, 2016.
The Sue C. Peck Scholarship was established by the Harrisburg Branch of the AAUW as part of our continued commitment to the community and the education of women. Mrs. Peck is an active member of her community and is especially interested in assisting women engaged in pursuing additional education. Thus, she is sponsoring this scholarship for the education of a woman enrolled as a student at a Pennsylvania college or university. The recipient must have earned at least 15 college credits. Get the 2016 application packet. The application deadline is June 1, 2016.
Each year the branch forms a scholarship committee made up of branch members to oversee the application process. Scholarship applications are made available on the AAUW Harrisburg branch website by February, 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 awardee will be honored at our branch luncheon in September. The scholarship recipient 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 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.