Nontraditional Women Student’s Scholarship

The Medina County Branch of the American Association of University Women awards two  $1000 scholarships to “non-traditional” women undergraduate students who are attending an accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Medina County and at least 25 years of age. Previous winners are eligible.

A “non-traditional” student is a woman who is returning to college to finish an undergraduate degree, or a woman who has delayed entering college for several years after completing high school or earning a GED.

Applications for the awards are available annually in the spring.  The scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and clarity of stated goals and objectives. The two newly-named scholarships, the Pat Chaloupek AAUW of Medina County and the AAUW of Medina Founders’ Scholarship and their recipients were announced last May.

Download application and instructions  (3-parts) for 2015; Note that the deadline is April 18.  —

Part 1 Letter of recommendation rev. 2015

Part 2 Personal Information Rev. 2015

Scholarship description 2015 revised

For more information, contact Cheri Ingraham, Scholarship Committee Chair. Give telephone number and e-mail address. Scholarships are administered through the Akron Community Fund.

Recipients of the 2015 Scholarships are Arlena Lockard, of Valley City, an English major at the Univ. of Akron, and Karen Knerem, of Medina, an undergrad in social work also at the Univ. of Akron, and who is a repeat winner.

Arlena Lockard and Karen Knerem

Arlena Lockard and Karen Knerem

Winners of the 2014 Scholarships are Sara Burgett, of Valley City and Karen Knerem of Medina. Both women are enrolled at the University of Akron.

Sarah Burgett and Karen Knerem

Sarah Burgett and Karen Knerem






Local scholarship recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year are Laurie Beal, of Wadsworth, on the right, and Carla Kaczmarski, of Brunswick, on left.


Recipients for the 2012 scholarships were Nicole Dannery, of Seville, and Megann Welsh, of Brunswick.

Nicole Dannery



Megann Welsh



“BeWISE” Campership

Hey, girl! Are you a sixth or seventh grader interested in a fun week at a university in Ohio with girls your own age exploring science, math and environmental aspects of life around you? Would you like to try some hands-on experiments and experiences using a microscope, find ways to “reduce, reuse and recycle”, learn how to save money, earn interest and shop with your own credit card? This is all part of the curriculum at the BeWISE Camp – Where Girls Succeed!

Medina Branch AAUW sponsors two camperships each year to be awarded to applicants from Medina County for the camp, held at Denison University, Granville, OH, in mid-June. The camp registration is limited to 130 residents for the 6-day session.

Applications for 2016 will open in January. Deadlines for applications will be at the end of February (exact date will be announced here and in local publications.) Prospective campers must submit two teacher recommendations and an application form. In addition, each student must write an essay focused on “Why it is important for girls to become successful scientists and/or mathematicians” and “How attending the BeWISE Camp will help me reach my goals in science and/or math.”

To apply, see guidance counselors at the local middle schools or visit for a registration form. Applicants for Medina Branch AAUW camperships should submit that form, the two teacher recommendations and the essay to Ms. Heidi Weber, AAUW Chairperson. Selection of recipients will be announced at the beginning of March.

Contact Weber at 330.990.0566 or for further information on the application process.

Camperships were awarded for BeWISE Camp 2015 to: Gabriella Jackson, who attends Buckeye Junior High, and Jacklyn Turk, a student at Sacred Heart in Wadsworth. Below, is a photo of the girls and their mothers when they attended the Tech Savvy STEM Workshop, April, 2015.

BeWISE Campers for 2015 and their moms

BeWISE Campers for 2015 and their moms






Winners of the 2014 camperships were Audrey Calvin, a student at Our Lady of the Elms, and Grace Schmitt, who attends Cloverleaf Middle School.

BeWISE Camp is designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women, whether or not they decide to pursue courses and careers in the STEM courses –science, technology, engineering and math.

Learn more about BeWISE camp at their website: