AAUW awards four $1,000 college scholarships

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded four college scholarships of $1,000 each to Windham County students, three to high school graduates and one to a mature woman continuing work towards a college degree.

The awards were presented at the branch's 93rd annual dinner held at the Brattleboro Country Club.

Brattleboro Union High School graduating senior Ashley Dierkes of Dummerston will enroll at the University of Vermont to study education and speech pathology.

Maria Page of Halifax, a Twin Valley High School senior, plans to study nursing at Castleton University.

Rider University and a degree in musical theater is the plan of Emily Wunderle of Rockingham, who is graduating from Bellows Falls Union High School.

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Recipient of the Mature Woman scholarship is Jessica Weiner, of Brattleboro, who is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Vermont Technical College's Brattleboro campus, with a goal of working in hospice care.

Also attending the dinner was former Mature Woman scholarship recipient Susan Cooper Daigneault of Newfane, who graduated from Mount Holyoke College this year.

Norma Shakun, Karen Davis, Margo Neale and Michelle Delhaye served as members of this year's scholarship selection committee.

The scholarships were funded by the branch's annual fundraising, including the Newfane yard sale and two Guilford Welcome Center hospitality days.

AAUW is a national organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Information about the Brattleboro branch is available by contacting Membership Vice President Gillian Winner at 802-365-7215.


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