February 10, 2006

Scholarships offer opportunities for women

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Carbondale Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering four scholarships aimed at the educational advancement of women.

The scholarships, which will apply to the winners' bursar accounts beginning July 1, are for both graduate and undergraduate studies. The group will give preference to students from the local area attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Two $500 scholarships are for female graduate students currently enrolled at SIUC who are continuing or entering any field of graduate education in the Graduate School, or a program of professional education in law or medicine.

The Joyce A. Kelly Memorial Scholarship, also aimed at graduate students, is reserved for current, non-traditional students. Family and friends established the $500 scholarship in memory of Kelly, who achieved her education goals late in life as a single mother.

The Lelia Marvin Award is a $500 scholarship aimed at undergraduate students transferring to SIUC from John A. Logan College.

To apply, students must submit the following:

• A letter addressing their current and planned enrollment status, major, scholastic and other achievements, financial status relating to attending school and a statement of professional goals.

• A resume.

• A current transcript.

Applicants should address the letter and materials to M. Joan McDermott, AAUW Carbondale Scholarship Committee, Women's Studies Program, 1006 Chautauqua St., SIUC Mail code 6518, Carbondale, IL 62901.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 27.

The AAUW will announce winners at the "Celebrate Women" reception March 22. The group also will invite winners as guests for its May 2 dessert and fellowship event.

Offering progressive graduate education and promoting excellence in undergraduate academics are among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.