About Us

About AAUW national

Founded in 1881, AAUW is a nationwide grassroots organization of about 180,000 members.

  • Mission Statement 
    AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
  • Vision Statement 
    AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.
  • Diversity Statement
    In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Through its nationwide network, AAUW opens doors for women and girls and influences public debate on critical social issues such as education, civil rights, and workplace equity. AAUW sponsors community programs, publishes ground breaking research on women and girls, is one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, and fights sex discrimination in all levels of education.

About AAUW State College Branch

The State College Branch of AAUW was founded in 1916 and has approximately 155 members who continually seek ways to work toward improving the lives of all women. (View Strategic Plan)

Branch History of Leadership and Community Service

Our State College Branch has a long history of leadership and community service.  A few highlights include:

  • Founding of the Voluntary Action Corps (now known as the Community Help Centre);
  • Founding of PhoneFriend, a helpline for "latchkey" children;
  • Providing financial support to Family Health Services;
  • Establishing an endowment to provide scholarships to local adult learners.

Community Leadership

  • Financial grants to local non-profit charitable groups that submit proposals which align with AAUW's mission and the State College Branch's Value Statement.
  • Four scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on financial need and personal circumstances to adult women in Centre County who have resumed undergraduate study.
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives that include support of after school STEM activities for middle school girls enrolled in three local school districts, a MATHH program for elementary students, a mini-grant program to support STEM activities, and a scholarship program for middle and high school girls with financial need to attend Penn State's Science U camps.
  • Support of national AAUW fellowship and research programs, legal advocacy, and legislative efforts on behalf of women.