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Scholarship

In support of AAUW's national mission of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women, the Orlando/Winter Park Branch of AAUW provides educational scholarships to women. Funding for scholarships comes from branch fund-raising activities, individual contributions of its members and a generous bequest from Ruth Riales. Although not college-educated, Ruth Riales valued education for women. In 2008, her donation created a legacy to help women achieve their educational goals. Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program at a regionally accredited college/university and working on a bachelor or an advanced degree. Preference is given to women who are pursuing a degree or career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field.

If you would like to apply, please click here for the application.  
Please send your completed scholarship application to Karen Buchan, Scholarship Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline date for the 2017 scholarship applications is March 1, 2017.

President Max Reed and scholarship Chair, Karen Buchan pose with two of our five scholarship recipients: Christine Herlihy is a doctoral  degree candidate at UCF. Nicole Villafuerte is a pre-med candidate at Rollins.   President Max Reed and scholarship Chair, Karen Buchan pose with two of our five scholarship recipients: Christine Herlihy is a doctoral degree candidate at UCF. Nicole Villafuerte is a pre-med candidate at Rollins.


Five women, all quite passionate about their education and careers, were chosen to receive scholarships that ranged from $500 to $2000. They are attending Rollins College and UCF, and all are in STEM areas. Our branch was excited, impressed, and hopeful about the future of medicine when reviewing the applications of the four women working on Bachelor’s degrees. Viviana Vallejo is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Lauren Weiland is in her third year of a Pre-Clinical Health Science Program, both at UCF. Nicole Villafuerte and Amanda Levine, both Rollins College students, are working on Pre-Med/Biochemistry degrees with their focus on family medicine and surgery, respectively.

Our fifth recipient, Christine Herlihy, a doctoral degree candidate at UCF, is currently conducting a study relating to harassment in female STEM populations. For her dissertation she intends to conduct research on how gender-biased instructional media affects women entering STEM fields.