The Reentry Woman of the Year committee is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship recipients. Under the capable leadership of Cela Sullivan, IBC chair from the North Kansas City Branch, the committee came together in cyberspace (isn’t technology wonderful?) and voted for the following five winners:
• Erica Haygood, Respiratory Therapy, Kansas City Kansas Community College
• Joanna Marin, Business Administration, Kansas State University
• Nadia Vallecido, Marketing< Kansas City Kansas Community College
• Catherine Bailey, BA degree-English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, UMKC
• Elana Cannon, Pre-Nursing, Kansas City Kansas Community College
All five Reentry awardees received $750 each. Pell grant winners, Haygood, Marin and Vallecido received cash. Bailey and Cannon both received Toni Thornton scholarships, payable to their respective colleges. (They do not have Pell grants.)
Each year the Kansas City Branch, through its Nettie Irene Van Der Veer Wagy Fund, awards grants to local social service and cultural organizations for projects that support AAUW’s mission. In 2019, 20 organizations submitted letters of interest. All were worthy of support. The following received grants at the annual awards and holiday luncheon on December 6:
Angel Eyes – Career Development Program helps single mothers attain higher education. The Wagy grant will be used for the purchase of an Employment Readiness Online Assessment Tool.
Girl Scouts – Camp Fury, a high-adventure career exploration camp with local Fire and Police Departments with the aim of giving girls an immersing experience in public service careers where women are under-represented. Wagy funds will cover two scholarships and supplies for the program.
KC Care Clinic – The grant supports supplies for colonoscopies and endometrial biopsies for 60 low-income and uninsured women with abnormal Pap tests.
MADI – Provides job-training skills and employment assistance in the commercial garment market while producing over 1,000 pairs of undergarments each year that are donated to area shelters. The Wagy grant will purchase commercial sewing machines and a cutting table.
UMKC Foundation – The grant pays for four girls to attend the 2020 Madam President Camp. The Camp teaches girls ages 10–13 leadership, public speaking, negotiation, campaigning, and other skills for effective civic political participation.
All who attended enjoyed a delicious lunch at Café Trio and hearing the stories of the amazing work done by these grant recipients. If you would like to make a donation for next year’s Wagy grants, please make your check payable to AAUW Wagy Fund/Amer01, and mail to: GKCCF (Greater Kansas City Community Foundation), Attn: Kelli Doyle, 1055 Broadway Blvd., Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105.
You’re Invited! SATURDAY, APRIL 20 / 9:30 AM-NOON
UNITY VILLAGE DINING ROOM / 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO
This annual event taking place in the dining room at Unity Village is hosted by AAUW-KC Northland and presented by the InterBranch Council (IBC). Scholarships are awarded to women who best exemplify the courage, effort and perseverance to return to the classroom after an absence of five or more years. Come and hear their inspiring stories!
The cost is $25. For reservations, mail check (payable to AAUW-KC Northland Branch) by April 9 to Cela Sullivan, 4341 Northwest Briarcliff Lane, KCMO 64116. Donations for brunch costs for award recipients and Reentry scholarships are welcome! For more details, contact Cela at 816-797-8685 or email@example.com.
Since 1931, the Kansas City Branch of AAUW has honored outstanding high school senior girls. College scholarships up to $1,000 are awarded annually. To be eligible, students must submit an application and essay by March 15, 2019, and be a current student of one of the following area schools: Central Academy of Excellence, East High School, Northeast High School, Southeast High School, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Ruskin High School, Center High School, and Grandview High School.
Please share this scholarship/application link with eligible students: AAUWKC100HSGIRLS2019APP