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The AAUW Greater Wayne Area Branch Scholarship Committee awards annual scholarships for women returning to college to complete an initial associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The scholarships are intended to help ease the burden of college expenses for the recipients. Scholarship recipients are selected by the AAUW Greater Wayne Branch scholarship committee.

The scholarship committee met in April 2017, and selected two deserving scholarship winners for 2017. Each winner received a $1200 scholarship from our branch.  In addition, our branch contributed $500 to AAUW National, through The AAUW Fund, which provides financial support where it is most needed.

Our first 2017 winner, Jennifer Helminski, attends Rutgers University, where she has a double major in Geography and Religion.   She anticipates completing her BA in 2018. Jennifer is currently beginning her honors thesis at Rutgers, where she is studying connections between geopolitics, colonial and religious history and ecological pressures.   Jennifer plans on continuing her studies in graduate school, focusing on human rights, social justice and geopolitics. Jennifer was a recipient of a Rutgers Academic Excellence Award in her sophomore year. Jennifer has relied entirely on financial aid to support her studies at Rutgers. She currently works a few hours every week at the Rutgers Climate Institute, and is most grateful for the scholarship support from our branch.

Our second 2017 winner, Marisol De La Paz, attends Ramapo College, where she is majoring in Social Science, and anticipates receiving her BA in 2018.   She plans on eventually obtaining an MSW and working with hospital patients, while continuing to assist those in her community. Marisol’s family currently has three family members attending college at the same time, including her husband, her older son and herself. Marisol and her older son hope to graduate together from Ramapo College in 2018. In addition, her younger son has been diagnosed with autism, and Marisol is a volunteer for Autism Speaks. Marisol expressed her thanks to our members for the scholarship.


To be eligible, the applicant must be:

  1. a female resident of Northern New Jersey, living in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Sussex, Hudson, Warren, Union or Passaic County.
  2. at least twenty-five years old by the application year.
  3. enrolled at an accredited college or university seeking an initial undergraduate associate’s or bachelor’s degree and expected to complete all coursework after September 2018.
  4. able to provide proof of a better than average GPA.

Students who have previously been awarded an AAUW Scholarship from any branch of the organization are not eligible for an award from the Greater Wayne Area Branch.

Application Process

Apply online on this website, and attach the supporting documentation required, or download our scholarship application form and submit by postal mail, including your supporting documentation with your application.

Important: Please proofread your application for spelling and grammar since errors may influence the committee’s decision when choosing final-round applicants.

Use separate sheets for any additional information you wish to include. Please include your name at the top of any extra pages submitted.

Return your completed application and required documentation to the Scholarship Committee (mailing address below) to be received on or before Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Applications that are incomplete or received after April 10, 2018 will not be considered.

The Scholarship Committee of the Greater Wayne Area Branch of AAUW will review applications and select the recipient(s).   All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by early May 2018.   Finalists may be contacted for a personal interview during the application review process.

The Scholarship Award will be presented at the May 23 2018, Scholarship Awards Dinner of the Greater Wayne Area Branch of AAUW. Scholarship winners are requested to attend the dinner meeting and be prepared to give a 2-3 minute presentation on their current scholastic activity and post-graduation plans.

If sending by postal mail, send the the completed and signed application and required documentation to arrive by Tuesday, April 10, 2018, to:

AAUW-GWA Scholarship Committee
℅ Marianne Ritter
116 Harrison Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact the AAUW-GWA Scholarship Committee at 973-694-6648 or

Scholarship Committee Members and Scholarship Winner L to R: Diane Ricart, Marianne Ritter, Linda Trongone, Jennifer Helminski, Caroline Mossip, Lorraine LaShell (not pictured, Beth Marmolejos, Mary Ann Sgobba)


Scholarship Winner Marisol De La Paz

L to R: Scholarship Winner Jennifer Helminski and Scholarship Chair Caroline Mossip