Scholarship Application

The AAUW Greater Wayne Area Branch Scholarship Committee awards annual scholarships for women returning to college to complete their first undergraduate degree. The scholarships are intended to help ease the burden of college expenses for the recipients.  The AAUW Greater Wayne Area Branch scholarships are reviewed and selected by the AAUW Greater Wayne Branch scholarship committee. in 2020, the Greater Wayne Area Branch awarded two $2000 scholarships in addition to donating $500 to AAUW National Funds.


Qualified applicants must be:

  1. A female resident of Northern New Jersey, living in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, or Sussex County.
  2. At least twenty-five years old by the application year.
  3. Enrolled at an accredited college or university seeking your first undergraduate bachelor’s degree and expected to complete all coursework after September 2021. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible for our scholarship.
  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.


Applicants can either apply on-line or print the application and submit it by postal mail.

If applying on-line please send the supporting documents though an email attachment with your on-line application to

If sending through postal mail, return your completed application and required documentation to AAUW-GWA Scholarship Committee, c/o Marianne Ritter, 116 Harrison Road, Wayne, NJ 07470.  Use separate sheets for any additional information you wish to include and include your name at the top of any extra pages submitted.

All applications must be received on or before Friday, April 9, 2021. Applications that are incomplete or received after Friday, April 9, 2021 will not be considered.

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



The Scholarship Committee of the AAUW Greater Wayne Area Branch will review the applications and select the recipient(s).   Finalists may be contacted for a personal interview during the application review process.

All applicants will be notified of the committee’s scholarship award decision by early May 2021.

The Scholarship Award will be mailed in May 2021. Scholarship winners are requested to attend a Zoom or in-person meeting, date to be determined, and be prepared to give a
2-3 minute presentation on their current scholastic activity and post-graduation plans.

Application deadline is Friday, April 9, 2021

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

  • Applicants must live in one of the following NJ counties to be eligible for the scholarship: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, or Sussex. Place an X in the box next to your county of residence.
  • Educational Background

  • B.A., etc.
  • Full name of the school, city, state and country location.
  • Name and locations of colleges previously attended. include date(s) and GPA.
  • Community Service

  • Give dates of involvement and leadership roles you performed such as delegate, chairperson, or officer.
  • Financial Need

  • Please provide the names of three academic or professional references. Do not include relatives, co-workers or personal friends.
  • The following items must be submitted to complete your application.

    • Copy of paid bill from present semester that includes your name,name of college and the date.
    • Current transcript - A copy of the most recent transcript you have received is acceptable; an official, stamped transcript from the college’s Registrar is not required. Must include your name and date. Screen shots that do not include all requested information are not acceptable.
  • Max. file size: 3 MB.
  • Max. file size: 3 MB.
  • I have read all of the enclosed information regarding eligibility and procedures for submitting my application, and have completed the application with all information relevant to me. I have also enclosed the additional information as required.

    I also understand that if selected the Greater Wayne Branch of the AAUW would like my presence at a Zoom or in-person meeting, date to be determined.