Scholarship Information & Application

Scholarships

Annually, the Scholarship Fund of the Minneapolis Branch of AAUW offers four, four-year scholarships to young women graduating from any Minneapolis Public High School with a GPA of at least 3.0, a documented financial need, and with the goal of attaining a Baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Applicants should show demonstrated ability in college-level coursework (i.e. IB, AP, PSEO, CIS, etc.).

In 2024, scholarship recipients will receive $4,000 annually. If the scholar is a student in good academic standing at her college or university, the scholarship will be renewed each of the following three years. The maximum that each scholar could receive is $16,000 over 4 years.

Applications for 2025 are available in the counseling offices of the Minneapolis Public High Schools.  Completed applications must be entered online at https://minneapolis-mn.aauw.net/ by Friday, February 21, 2025.

All members of the Scholarship Board read each application to determine the finalists who will be interviewed. The selection criteria are based on grades, financial need, an essay written by the applicant, information from references, and an interview.  Finalists are interviewed in late March or early April by three board members. The recipients are notified no later than May 1.  Scholarship recipients will have an AAUW mentor assigned to them.  Questions may be sent to aauw.mpls.scholarship.application@gmail.com.

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History

The Scholarship Fund of the Minneapolis Branch was established to provide financial assistance to Minneapolis Public School women graduates to continue their education with the goal of attaining a Baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. The fund has come a long way in a very short time.  The first four-year scholarship was awarded in 2001.  In 2012 we established an endowment fund and have achieved a balance of over $500,000 so that we may begin using the earnings to fund at least one scholar per year. In 2024 we awarded 5 new scholarships. The scholarships are funded by donations from AAUW members and friends.  We have now given 4 years of scholarship to 46 young women from Minneapolis Public Schools (over $736,000 in total).


Congratulations Scholars!

2024 Awards to (right to left):Jessica Loma, Deena Maier, Emily Selchow, Silja Bijnagte, Heidy Rivera

Introducing our Minneapolis Branch AAUW Scholars for 2023!

Saran Kaba (Henry High)

Ella Larsen (Washburn High)

Laniya Harper (North High)

Mia Lambert (South High)


Introducing our Minneapolis Branch AAUW Scholars for 2022!


Introducing our Minneapolis Branch AAUW Scholars for 2021!

Lily Andersen (South High)

Image of Lily AndersenErika Patino Molina (Southwest High) Image of Erika Molina


Introducing our Minneapolis Branch AAUW Scholars for 2021!

Kao Chang (Henry High)

Eleanor Craig (Edison High)


Scholarship Board Members

  • Carol Sheldon, President
  • Rae Cornelius, Treasurer
  • Cindy Matsumoto, Secretary
  • DeDe Scanlon
  • Janice Bobrowske
  • Laura Murphy
  • Lenesa Leana
  • Nan Beman
  • Nancy Azzam
  • Nikki Anonni
  • Peggy Pluimer