Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 scholarships will be available in January 2018


Scholarship Dinner 2017

Scholarship winners and trustees

2017 recipient, Siena Leone-Getten

2017 recipient, Eloise Berdahl-Baldwin

2017 recipient, Ka Lia Xiong

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Lacey Zawacki, Maddie Grunklee

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St. Paul High School Graduating Senior Women Scholarships

Since 1911, the St. Paul College Club, Inc. AAUW Scholarship Trust has awarded college scholarships to more than 350 St Paul area high school graduates and young women returning to college.  A 501c3 charitable organization affiliated with the St Paul Branch of the American Association of University Women, private contributions from St. Paul AAUW members and friends have made the success of St Paul area scholars a reality.

The Scholarship Trust offers a four-year college scholarship for young women residing in the St Paul Metro Area and who are graduating high school seniors of accredited public or private schools in the St Paul Metro Area, specifically from the designated geographic boundaries within the Independent School Districts of 623, 622, 625, 197, 6, 199 and 833.  The scholars must attend an accredited college or university to earn a bachelors degree.  Scholarships are based on the student’s financial need, academic excellence (in the top 20% of her graduating class, or acceptable ACT/SAT scores), school and/or community volunteer activity, a teacher recommendation, personal essay and a personal interview.

The amount of the scholarship is $5,000 per year and is renewable for up to 8 consecutive semesters or until the scholar graduates with a Baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first, providing the recipient remains a full-time student and maintains a B average.  Applications are available online and will be considered only for pursuit of Baccalaureate degrees.


2017 Returning Woman Scholarship

Since 1911, the St. Paul College Club, Inc. AAUW Scholarship Trust has awarded college scholarships to more than 350 St Paul area high school graduates and young women returning to college.  A 501c3 charitable organization affiliated with the St Paul Branch of the American Association of University Women, private contributions from St. Paul AAUW members and friends have made the success of St Paul area scholars a reality.

This scholarship is intended to help a woman attain a living wage with the help of a baccalaureate degree.  Applicants must reside in the St. Paul metropolitan area, be at least 25 years old, whose undergraduate education has been interrupted, who has been accepted or intends to apply to a four-year degree program at an accredited college or university. Scholarships are based on the student’s financial need, academic excellence, school and/or community volunteer activity, letters of recommendation, personal essay and a personal interview.  The amount of the scholarship is $3,000 for one year.  Past recipients may reapply.   Applications are available online.

Geographic areas to be considered for Scholarship Applications

High School senior women applying for scholarship from the St Paul College Club, Inc, AAUW Scholarship Trust must be attending an accredited public or private school within the geographical boundaries of the following St Paul Metropolitan area Independent School Districts:  623, 622, 625, 197, 6, 199, and 833 in order to be considered.  Returning Woman scholarship applicants must be residents of the St Paul Metropolitan area in order to be considered.

Independent School Districts:

Roseville, 623

North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale, 622

St. Paul (Proper), 625

West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan, 197

South St. Paul, 6

Inver Grove Heights, 199

South Washington County, 833


About the Scholarship Trust

Starting in 1909 the St. Paul College Club membership raised funds on an annual basis to award scholarships to women seeking a college education.  The first scholarship award was was made in 1911 for $100.  For over 100 years the St Paul College Club has assisted young women from the St Paul area attend college.  It has been our purpose to encourage women to pursue higher education, which promotes a greater understanding, and a greater appreciation of knowledge and culture.  In 1932 a formal trust was created, members of the St. Paul Branch of AAUW were elected to serve as trustees.  Few awards were made during the Great Depression when few people had any money.  When scholarship funds were available, they were given as interest free ten-year loans.  After World War II, the nation encouraged college educations for both men and women.

In 1980, the Scholarship Trust became a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit organization and in 1988 a new Trust was formed by which we are governed today.  Only because of generous St. Paul Branch member estate bequests, fund-raisers, memorial gifts and charitable gifts, the St Paul College Club, Inc. AAUW Scholarship Trust awards gift scholarships to high school senior women and women returning to college following an interruption in their studies.  The Scholarship Trust has helped more than 350 women earn a bachelor’s degree.  Branch members are elected to serve as Trustees to conduct scholarship selection and oversee the Trust’s invested funds.  Scholarship alumnae have earned their bachelor degrees locally and across the nation.  They have pursued their careers in the Twin Cities and around the globe.


2016 Scholarship Recipients         (Photos below)

On April 26th, the St Paul College Club, Inc. AAUW Scholarship Trust celebrated its 105th year of giving college scholarships to young women from the St. Paul metropolitan area. Since 1911, the 501c3 charitable organization has educated more than 350 high school girls, and women who returned to college following an interruption in their studies.  Scholarships are awarded to scholars for up to four years pending fulfillment of GPA requirement and made possible by careful investment of monies received from estate gifts, charitable gifts and fund-raising events conducted by the St Paul Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Scholarship Trust.  During 2015-2016, the Trust gave support to 24 scholars majoring in education, engineering, art and science.

Guests attending the Awards Dinner in April heard from three current scholars:  Jaci Stich, a scholarship recipient of 2015 from Forest Lake, spoke of her activities at the University of Minnesota where she is majoring in nursing and minoring in pharmacology. Hnouci Lee, a Harding Senior High graduate and a sophomore in St. Catherine’s Business Administration program, told the audience of her activity with the Asian Women’s Association.  Lauren Schlenker, graduated from Woodbury High and is a sophomore majoring in Physics and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Minnesota.  She announced her summer internship with NASA.

The 2016 scholars came from a pool of 55 applicants from 20 high schools in the St Paul area. The three chosen scholars had ACT scores well above the Minnesota average ACT score of 22.9.  The 2016 scholarship recipients are:

  • Elyssa Edgeton, Irondale High School, accepted an offer to attend Vanderbilt University in Tennessee this Fall, majoring in Biomedical Engineering on a path for medical school and has already made plans to join the campus chapter of AAUW.
  • Cindy Nguyen, Harding High School, an ardent recruiter of women to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), chose to attend Smith College in Massachusetts to major in Biomedical Engineering with the intent to develop affordable medicines.
  • Rebecca Lindholm, Highland Park Senior High, has been accepted in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota for a double major in Business and Marketing with an interest in both fashion design and managing a professional sports team.

Of the 2015-2016 supported scholars, 16 graduated from Highland Park Senior High, Como Park Senior High, Central High School, Harding High School, Johnson Senior High, Humboldt High and Washington Technology Magnet of the St Paul Public Schools.   The others are graduates of neighboring St. Paul school districts.

St Paul College Club, Inc. AAUW Scholarship Trustees are Kim Blair, Alice Faribault, Jane Hagedorn, Sara Kuether, Janice Quist, Mary Schrankler and Evon Spangler.  In July, St. Paul Branch members Betty Johnston and Judith Devine join the Trust for three-year terms.

Submitted by Kim Blair, Chair, Scholarship Trust