(serving Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)
AAUW Presents FMCC Graduate, Elizabeth Gundersen, with Scholarship to Continue Studies
Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate Elizabeth Gundersen of Gloversville was this year’s winner of our AAUW branch scholarship. The $1000 award is given to a non-traditional graduating female student who intends to transfer to a baccalaureate program. The awardee must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.
The scholarship is given annually by our branch in memory of Rita Mary Burke, FMCC English professor and one of the original members of the local AAUW branch. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward women who have had to delay their entry into college after high school to work or raise a family and to encourage them to continue to pursue their education. Anya Biel and Sandra Maceyka chair the Scholarship.
Elizabeth Gundersen joined the Navy immediately after graduating from high school in 1987. She married and became the mother of three sons and a daughter. In 1999 she began attending Fulton-Montgomery Community College majoring in Computer Information Systems, but due to illness had to leave college. She was finally able to return to school two years ago to resume her studies. She graduated from FM this May with an Associates Degree in General Studies and plans to continue her studies at Empire State College. She has taken most of her classes at FM online since this mode of study appeals to her and fits her schedule best. She is gravitating toward English/History and has developed interest in Asian culture because her daughter-in-law is Chinese American. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, she hopes to travel to China to teach English there. Gundersen attended the June AAUW meeting at the Mayfield Yacht Club where she was introduced to the branch and presented with the $1000 scholarship and an AAUW membership as part of the award.
Eleanor Reed Memorial Scholarship Winner Chosen
Sarah Martelle, Johnstown High School graduate, was awarded the AAUW Eleanor Reed Memorial Scholarship by our Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW Branch. Martelle will be attending the State University of New York at Brockport.
The one-time $1000 award was presented in memory of Eleanor Reed, first president of the local AAUW branch which was chartered in 1967. The funds for the award were donated to our AAUW branch on behalf of the family of Eleanor Read with the request that the scholarship be given to a female student who exhibits leadership and is active in the community.
Eleanor Reed who died in 1993 was a charter member and the first president of the local AAUW branch which will mark its 50th year anniversary in November of this year. A glass engraved AAUW plate and holder were presented with the award. The plate was originally given to Reed in appreciation for the leadership she provided to the AAUW branch as she served twice as president, at the origin of the branch and again in the 1980’s.
The award was offered to a Johnstown High School student since Mrs. Reed was a biology teacher at JHS from 1970- 1993. She organized a science club and took girls to several Expanding Horizons in Math and Science Conferences at Siena and Cobleskill Colleges. Liz Russo who knew Eleanor Reed and worked with her in bringing girls from Knox Junior High to Expanding Horizons conferences in the 90’s handled the administration of the award.
A-G-J Branch Literary Award Winners Announced
Our Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown (A-G-J) AAUW branch announces the winners of the 2017 AAUW Dorothy Wemple Literary Award.
The first place award of $500 went to Johnstown High School graduate, Casey Van Valkenburgh. The second place award of $300 was received by Broadalbin-Perth High School graduate, Julie Capito. Van Valkenburgh will be attending Alfred State. Capito will be studying at St. Lawrence.
The contest is open annually to students in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton Counties. Applicants were asked to write a 300-500 word essay on the topic “Every era faces problems. One hundred and fifty years ago, Elizabeth Cady Stanton considered the government’s policy toward women to be in error and spent her life working to change this policy. If you feel that the government was pursuing a policy that you felt was in error, how would you, as a concerned citizen, work to help correct it?”
The AAUW Literary Award is given annually in memory of Dorothy Anderson Wemple who was a member of AAUW for over 50 years and a member of the local AAUW branch since its inception in 1967. Wemple, who died in 2007, was an English teacher at Knox Junior High School in Johnstown and was a past judge for the essay contest which began in 1991.
Jahnn Gibson and Linda Hammond served as chairs of the AAUW High School Literary Award. Readers included Gibson, Paula Lerner, and Laurie Kozakiewicz. Thank you to Jahnn for coming up with the topic, and organizing the judges for this event.
8th Grade Math and Science Awards
Recently, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) presented fourteen local, eighth grade girls with an Excellence in Mathematics and Science Award. Administrators and school counselors from the local schools assisted AAUW Chairwomen Marie Wojeski and Linda Zilka in the selection of the recipients.
The criterion for the award was excellence in mathematics and science, the students’ genuine interest in these subject areas, and their likelihood to pursue a career in these fields. Each recipient received a certificate of recognition, pen and scientific calculator. The winners and their respective schools are:
Amsterdam Alinah Marinov
Broadalbin-Perth Lily Mitchell
Canajoharie Chelsea Stetin
Fonda-Fultonville Loretta Newcomer
Fort Plain Rachel Zuppardi
Gloversville Danitza Peralta
Johnstown Sarah Pratt
Lake Pleasant Sarah Smith
Mayfield Lainna Salvione
Northville Madeline Downing
Oppenheim-Ephratah–St.Johnsville Alexis Mumford
St. Mary’s Institute Lauren Mowrey
Wells Keara O’Rourke
Wheelerville Sadie Blowers
The American Association of University Women seeks to empower all women and girls through education, research, and philanthropy. We wish these girls the best in their future educational endeavors.