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The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.  AAUW State College presents educational scholarships to deserving women each year. The purpose of these scholarships is to support women who, at some point, have interrupted their undergraduate studies for at least two years and who wish to resume or continue their studies at this time.

The deadline to submit scholarship applications is March 1st of each year.

2020-2021 Scholarships 

AAUW State College announces its undergraduate scholarships for female adult learners for the 2020-2021 academic year. AAUW State College will award THREE scholarships and select the recipient for a FOURTH scholarship. Scholarship amounts will range from $3,000 to $7,000 depending on the financial need and circumstances of the recipient.

We award 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 scholarship funds are deposited into the student’s account at her institution.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

To qualify for an AAUW State College Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Applicant must be seeking a first associate or baccalaureate degree on a part- or full-time basis.
  • Applicant must have interrupted her studies, at some point, for a period of at least two years or delayed her higher education for at least two years after graduating from high school and having since enrolled at a post-secondary institution.
  • Applicant must have completed at least one quarter of the course work required for the degree (15 credits for an associate degree or 30 credits for a baccalaureate degree).
  • Applicant must be a Centre County resident with the intent to maintain such residency for the duration of the scholarship, although she may attend a college or university located outside of the county.¬† A Centre County resident is defined as someone who lives and works here and has not moved here for the sole purpose of attending Penn State.

In awarding scholarships, the committee seeks to recognize someone who exhibits financial need, academic excellence, and community service.

Application Process

The following materials are to be submitted NO LATER THAN March 1st to the Scholarship Committee:

  • A completed online application which includes income and expense information and an essay describing the interruption or delay of your education, your financial need, and community service.
  • Two letters of reference which will be submitted electronically. You will be asked on the online application to provide the name and email address of your references. They will be contacted electronically and invited to submit the reference online.
  • Additional information, including confirmation of school admission, may be requested by the Scholarship Committee.

Note: If you have difficulty completing the online scholarship application, please contact Falene Hamilton and/or Suzanne Kerlin.


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The Women Behind the Branch Scholarships

AAUW State College scholarships were inspired by three leaders of the branch:

Dr. Lucretia V. T. Simmons, a past president of AAUW State College, who, in 1918, was the first woman on the Penn State faculty to become a full professor;

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

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 AAUW Pennsylvania member.

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