Pellissippi State Community College will offer a new scholarship -- the American Association of University Women of Knoxville Scholarship Fund -- for females who are at least 25 years old.
To be considered, applicants must demonstrate a financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have completed at least one semester of college and be enrolled part time or full time at Pellissippi State. Applicants are required to submit a written recommendation for the scholarship from a faculty member at a college they have attended.
AAUW is a charitable membership organization with a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors; 1,000 branches; and 500 college/university institution partners. The nonprofit organization has as its mission statement advancing “equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.”
“We have always raised money for AAUW’s national scholarships,” said Lynn Carlson, “but this is the first time our branch has raised money specifically for a local scholarship.” Carlson is the president of AAUW of Knoxville and represented the organization at the signing of the scholarship’s memorandum of agreement at the Pellissippi Campus.
“Many of our Knoxville members were nontraditional college students, and we understand that they often struggle in pursuing their education. We chose to offer this scholarship at Pellissippi State in order to reach out to this population, and we are delighted that the Pellissippi State Foundation will choose deserving individuals each year for the award.”
Also present at the scholarship signing was Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi State Foundation, as well as vice president of College Advancement.
“Our nontraditional students bring so much to our college community and to the broader community as a whole,” said Wilson. “These students are underserved in scholarship availability, so the AAUW scholarship is a significant contribution. It can really make a difference for a student seeking to further her education.”
For additional information on the AAUW or other scholarships available through the Foundation, visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation or call 865-694-6528. For additional information on Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu or call 865-694-6400.