The AAUW Saint Cloud Area Branch continues to expand its support for women and girls in Central Minnesota. As we celebrate our centennial in 2022, we can confidently report that our work in fulfillment of the mission to advance equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy is successful.
Central Minnesota women who want to have an impact on their community and the future are invited to join our dynamic and formidable branch. We value all of our members, active and nonactive, and offer friendship, fun, and purpose!
This year we increased emerging artist awards to area high school students who submitted their work to the Paramount’s Area high School Arts Exhibition. Nineteen schools participated. Four cash awards of $250 each were given to the students.
We are executing several initiatives to benefit women students at our AAUW institutional members, St. Cloud State University and the College of Saint Benedict.
Two new initiatives have been launched:
- Scholarships for Young Leaders provides $1,000 to students through an online application process with specific criteria to determine qualification. There is currently an urgent need to help students cover their educational and living costs so they can stay in school and succeed.
- FLASH FUNDS – for immediate help, focuses on providing emergency cash to Indigenous women students and student teachers at SCSU and CSB. This program will be managed by the institutional directors who will determine the amount each student receives from our branch. In the near future, we hope to include minority women students to FLASH FUNDS.
Other projects we offer in community service are:
- TechSavvy, a STEM event for middle and junior high school girls,
- Savvy Teens -Seminars for Career Success, and
- The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). All of our funding initiatives require student membership in AAUW and the attendance of one event or program annually which is free for them. We provide mentorship and inspiring speakers!
Congratulations to the following outstanding AAUW student members for their numerous achievements: Anne Zweber, CSB won the AAUW Minnesota Young Women of Equity Scholarship; Sydney Walker, CSB was named a Truman Scholar; Kara Cowell, SCSU is pre-med, an athlete, and an activist for women on campus; Caitlin Hegle, SCSU scholar, athlete, and active member of the branch; and Oyuky Aragon-Flores, CSB; Briana Cornell, SCSU; Courtney Connelly, CSB; Sara Murphy, CSB; Alexandria Watkins, CSB; Mahogany Morrison, Abby Goodwin and Abigail Semanko.
We are also in the process of opening up branch membership to high school girls!
Our annual fundraiser, An Evening of Inspiration & Empowerment – FALL FOR JAZZ, is coming up October 13th at St. John’s University’s Great Hall! For more information on branch initiatives or activities just click on the website headers or links.
President Linda MacLeod,
AAUW advances gender equity for women and girls through education, research, and advocacy.
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