BALLWIN-CHESTERFIELD AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
TO LOCAL WOMEN
AAUW Fund Directors
Our program began in 1982.
In May of 1986, Branch members came up with the slogan “Soup for Scholarships” and set a goal of $200 to establish the (then titled) Lafayette area branch’s first local scholarship. The sale of the bean soup mix was so successful that our goal was easily reached and exceeded. A scholarship of $250 was granted to a mature woman student attending UMSL.
The Ballwin-Chesterfield branch funds local scholarships for mature women returning to college. Currently our successful program, Dollars for Scholars, raises scholarship funds through member-sponsored activities. In January we invite these scholarship recipients to attend the Branch meeting to share their stories and the benefit the AAUW scholarship has provided.
The Branch works with financial aid officers at partner colleges to explain scholarship criteria which include: female, non-traditional student (mature, ten years or more out of high school), minimum 2.5 GPA, taking 6 or more credit hours per semester, and who attends one of the university programs we assist. In support of AAUW national goals, special consideration is given to women in S.T.E.M. programs. The colleges select the women to receive our AAUW/Ballwin-Chesterfield awards based on these criteria.
S.T.E.M. – Girls of Promise 2019
Carol Greenaway & Barb McQuitty, 2018 – 2019 Co-directors
Our Branch honored five S.T.E.M. Girls of Promise at Valley Park High School on April 26. An appreciation breakfast was held for the honorees, their parents, and teachers before the presentation of medals, certificates, and a cash gift. Principal Matt Bailey spoke about the meaning of the recognition to the young women, the school, and its teachers. The honorees spoke about plans for the future and the course of study they plan to pursue. It was a very impressive group.
On May 2, the Ballwin-Chesterfield branch STEM group that included STEM Co-Directors, Carol Greenaway and Barb McQuitty, Co-Presidents, Marcia Block and Jean Elliott, and many members at large, honored five STEM Girls of Promise at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. Science teacher Kathleen Dwyer was present with the honorees and their parents to celebrate the awards. An appreciation breakfast was held before the recognition event.
Honorees for 2019 are:
Valley Park High School: Amera Alhalabi, Leah Cason, Lucy Sauceda, Haley Wells, Megan Wood
Maplewood Richmond Heights High School: Sophia Akridge, Abigail Haufman, Kadin Kristjansson, Liana Van Zen, Joy Williams.
Newly appointed 2019 – 2020 S.T.E.M. Co-directors are Barb McQuitty & Susan Fenwick.
These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of all who participate in our Dollars for Scholars programs.