Etcetera - 03/05/12

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Applications are being accepted for AAUW Educational Scholarships, which provide assistance to women who have completed at minimum one year of college (30 semester or 45 quarter credits) and have a desire to complete their undergraduate or post-graduate education. There must be a break of at least one year at some time during the college education process.

Applications will be accepted from women who can provide transcripts from at least one year of college, followed by an interruption (time lapse) in education; submit two letters of recommendation from someone familiar with their educational background and goals; and be residents of Walla Walla, Columbia, or Umatilla counties.

The scholarship committee is seeking women who demonstrate a desire to continue their education by completing or adding to their degree. While past academic performance will be considered, of equal importance is the person's clearly demonstrated community involvement and enthusiasm for future community commitment. The individual financial need of each applicant will be considered in making the awards. The scholarship funds will be directed to the college of the recipient's choice to be used as needed for educational expenses.

Funds for these scholarships are raised at the annual AAUW Kitchen Tour and Book Sale. Scholarship amounts have ranged from $500 to $2,000, awarded to four to seven recipients, organizers said in a release.

In 2011 AAUW gave seven $2,000 scholarships -- in addition to another $10,000 in amounts from $250 to $2,500 -- to various educational programs and organizations in the community.

Additional information and the scholarship application can be accessed at www.aauw-wallawalla.org, or contact Jeanne Beirne at 509-525-7401 or beirnejj@charter.net. Completed applications must be received by April 20.

Mail completed applications to Debbie Dumont, AAUW Scholarship Committee, 827 SE Sentry Dr., College Place, WA 99324.

Final candidates may be required to participate in a personal interview with the scholarship committee. Award recipients will be notified by the second week of May and introduced at the AAUW annual dinner meeting May 15. Scholarships are only awarded once per recipient.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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