AAUW Carlisle is proud to further the AAUW mission of promoting equity and education for women and girls by awarding the AAUW Carlisle Higher Education Scholarship every year.  At the Scholarship Banquet on April 25, 2017 we were pleased to award five $1500 scholarships to be used toward their continuing education.  The recipients are:

Alyssa Jones is a three-time recipient of the Higher Education Scholarship.  A graduate of Big Spring High School and Susquehanna University, she is in her first year of a Physician’s Assistant program at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, scheduled to start clinical rotations in May.

Ciera Rhodes, a graduate of Carlisle High School , holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wilson College. Ciera is currently working at Menno Haven as she continues her studies.  Her interest is in holistic medicine and patient care.

Morgan Seifert graduated from Cumberland Valley High School and is currently a sophomore at Penn State University, pursuing an Elementary and Early Childhood Education degree.  She works a variety of jobs to support her goals, including as a Nursery Aide, and volunteers at an animal shelter.

Alexandria Shope , a graduate of Carlisle High School, is pursuing a Communications Design degree at Kutztown.  She is working as a graphic design assistant, and brings her passion for art to various social awareness and fund raising events.  Her professors praise her pursuit of the highest standards of excellence.

AAUW Carlisle presented a Memorial Scholarship honoring Joann B. Ketterer, a branch member and past membership co-chair.  A resident of Newville, she was a Penn State University graduate, and taught Home Economics at Shippensburg High School and the Adams County Extension Office.  Active in the Pennsylvania and Cumberland County Farm Women, the Shippensburg Fair Exhibitors and the Future Home Economics of America, Joann was an enthusiastic supporter of the AAUW Branch scholarship program.

Lynn Finkenbinder is the recipient of the Joann B. Ketterer Memorial Scholarship.  Lynn is a graduate of Big Spring High School.  Like Joann before her, Lynn is enrolled at Penn State University majoring in food service.  She is a member of Future Farmers of America and 4-H.  Lynn credits 4-H for developing her self-confidence, leadership and speaking skills, and is interested in working for the Department of Agriculture after her graduation.

AAUW Carlisle Branch recognizes the importance of education in helping women advance equity and is proud of its tradition of assisting women with this goal.  Past recipients have included non-traditional students, those in doctoral programs, those in associate degree and nursing programs as well as those in bachelor degree programs.  The application process for 2018 scholarships begins in October 2017.  Interested students are encouraged to review the criteria and complete the application for submission.  The scholarship committee looks forward to reviewing the applications and meeting with candidates in March 2018.

The Carlisle Branch scholarship program is the local representation of  AAUW’s commitment to education.  AAUW’s fellowships and grants have provided more than $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects from 140 countries since 1888.

Learn more about AAUW 2017-18 Fellows and Grantees receiving $3.7 million.


2018 Application will be available in October 2017

Qualifications for AAUW Carlisle Branch Higher Education Scholarship

  • A female resident of Cumberland County, PA for at least a year.
  • Successful completion of at least one year of college.
  • Demonstration of financial need.
  • Willing to grant permission to the branch to use her name, picture, and/or biographical information for publication.
  • Enrolled in an educational program that upon completion will make you eligible to be a member of AAUW.
  • Submission of completed application (or submit online below) which includes a transcript and personal statement by January 16, 2018.
  • In person interview in Carlisle in February 2018.
  • Successful applicant must attend the Scholarship Banquet (Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00pm in Carlisle) to receive the scholarship award and present educational and career goals to the membership.