ST. GEORGE —College scholarships and mentoring for 13 young Washington County women have been announced by the St. George Branch of the AAUW.
They were chosen after an evaluation that included an interview and essay for each candidate and a review of grade point average and attendance for the high school students.
"More than a competition, the selections are a confirmation of young women whom we believe deserve to be encouraged, assisted and guided in reaching their potential," according to Shannon Andersen, co-chair of the Association's scholarship committee along with Katy Peterson.
Ten St. George AAUW members worked to evaluate candidates from four community endeavors supported by the AAUW branch. They included: Dixie State University's Women's Resource Center dedicated to facilitating access by female students to campus resources, including mentoring to help them achieve their academic & professional goals; eSMART Camps where grade-schoolers are encouraged to study math and sciences; Millcreek High School; Re-Entering Women who have had their studies interrupted and Previous Winners.
This last category reflects a determination to "see them through" on the part of the branch's members. Andersen said, "We don't want it to be like looking at the menu and being unable to order. We hope to offer mentoring and continue financial aid to those we select as needed and as we are able."
A total of $16,000 of the money raised during the past year through fundraising events by branch members, individual donations and corporate sponsors will be distributed. Scholarships will be given to Previous Winners: Monica Miner and Lauralyn VanWagoner; Re-Entering students: Kaitlyn Hanberg and Suzette Rawlings; Women's Resource Center students: Kimberly Bowler, Kayley Hopster, Karina Loeza, Higmat Onifade, Sara Pendleton, and Jessica Russell.
eSMART Campers from 2010 Samantha Mathis, Jay'Lee Stratton, as well as Millcreek High School graduate Norma Venegas, will each receive a scholarship for the Fall semester and another in the Spring if they complete 12 hours and maintain a 2.5 GPA during the fall semester.
All of the scholarship recipients are current or soon to be students at Dixie State University.
The Scholarship Luncheon takes place Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott and is open to the public.
The American Association of University Women is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its inception in 1881, AAUW members have researched and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day: educational, social, economic and political. The AAUW St. George Utah Branch, founded in 1981, is an extension of the National AAUW and is the largest Branch in Utah. Their mission is to help advance equity for women and girls in Utah through advocacy and education. AAUW St. George Branch is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.
Founded in 2013 the Women's Resource Center is dedicated to serving all female college students and to facilitate access to resources available; mentoring, and support for women across disciplines. It organizes campus events that cater to the female student population and works to connect them with other like-minded organizations and professionals.
eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related Technologies) is a Summer Camp for Girls Sponsored by the St. George, Utah chapter of the American Association of University Women and Dixie State University to encourage our girls to reach high and love to learn so they can be anything they want to be.
2015 AAUW Scholarship Winners
DSU Women's Resource Center
Kimberly Bowler, Gunlock, UT
Kayley Hopster, St. George, UT
Karina Loeza, St. George, UT
Hiqmat Onifade, St. George, UT
Sara Pendleton, Ivins, UT
Jessica Russell, Oak Hills, CA
Millcreek High School
Norma Venegas, St. George, UT
Kaitlynn Hanberg, Vernal, UT
Suzette Rawlings, Washington, UT
Monica Miner, Washington, UT 84790
Lauralyn VanWagoner, St. George, UT
Samantha Mathis, Leeds, UT
Jay'Lee Stratton, St. George, UT
We advance equity for women and girls.