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Educational Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships

The State College Branch of the American Association of University Women is pleased to announce its undergraduate scholarship for women for the 2014-2015 academic year. The State College Branch will sponsor THREE awards and select a recipient for a FOURTH award, each for $5,000.

The Branch awards the Simmons-Jansma Project Renew Grant, the Suzanne McCrae Kerlin Scholarship, and the State College AAUW Scholarship. The Evelyn Chostner Marboe AAUW-State College Branch Scholarship will be awarded through The Pennsylvania State University to a Penn State student. All awards are deposited into the student's account at her institution.

Application Process

The following materials are to be submitted to the Scholarship Committee at P.O. Box 735, State College, PA 16804 NO LATER THAN March 1st.

  1. Completed application form, including an income and expense form;
  2. Two letters of reference (to be sent directly to the committee by the persons writing the references);
  3. A description regarding the interruption or delay of your education;
  4. Transcripts: College(s), high school (optional); and
  5. Resume/curriculum vitae (optional).

Income and Expense Form | Educational Scholarship Application | Educational Scholarship Instructions

Additional information, including confirmation of school admission, may be requested by the Scholarship Committee. Note, if you are unable to download the application form or instructions, please contact Ellen Frederick.


Inspiration for Awards

The AAUW awards were inspired by three leaders of the State College AAUW Branch:

  1. Dr. Lucretia V. T. Simmons, a past president of the State College AAUW Branch, who, in 1918, was the first woman on the Penn State faculty to become a full professor;
  2. Vonna McMillen Jansma, a past co-president of the Branch and ardent supporter of educational opportunities for adult women and an adult learner herself; and
  3. Suzanne McCrae Kerlin, a past Branch president who co-chaired the Used Book Sale for more than ten years and is an active AAUW-State College and PA member.

These awards represent the continuing commitment of the State College Branch to the educational advancement of women in Centre County.