Welcome to AAUW Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown (AGJ)!

(serving Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)


The Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women announced the essay topic for the 2017 Dorothy Wemple Literary Award.

The $500 first prize award is available to women high school seniors in Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties who will be pursuing a 2- or 4-year college degree upon graduation. Students applying will be required to write a 300 to 500 word research or autobiographical essay on the suggested topic.

The suggested essay topic is as follows: Every era faces problems. One hundred and 50 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?

Entries will be judged on literary form, research and clarity of thought.

Entries should be submitted to high school guidance departments, who along with area English teachers, have received information regarding the award. To ensure objective judging, neither the name nor the school should appear on or be included in the essay. A separate sheet with the student’s name and school, college they plan to attend, and the counselor’s signature should be submitted with the entry. Deadline for the AAUW scholarship application is April 22.

The award is given annually by the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown AAUW branch in memory of Dorothy Anderson Wemple who was a member of AAUW for over 50 years and a member of the local 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 serves as chair of the AAUW Dorothy Wemple Literary Award.

For more information about the award call (518) 705-2835 or e-mail jahnnswanker@hotmail.com.