News! Two Educational Scholarships Will be Awarded in 2020.

The traditional branch scholarship is named after Angeline Gale, an educator and founder of our branch.  Each year since 1971, the Naperville Branch of AAUW has offered the Angeline Gale Scholarship to a woman working toward completion of her degree. The scholarship’s intent is to encourage women to scholarly pursuits even when their education may have been interrupted for various reasons. In 2020, there will be a second scholarship with the same purpose and requirements, the Sydell Hollman Scholarship. Sydell Hollman spent many years of her life devoted to issues involving equity for women.

Nikita Milton is the recipient of the 2019 Angeline Gale Scholarship award . Ms. Milton, who is a divorced mother of two children, is a nursing student at Rasmussen College in Joliet and carries a 3.5 grade point average. She is on track to graduate in December 2019. In addition to her educational pursuits, Ms. Milton is employed part-time as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Moreover, she started her own nonprofit organization, the Neenah Rose Project Foundation, which was named for her daughter. She is also the co-founder of another nonprofit organization called Girls in the Hood. Each of these organizations provides support to at-risk youth, promotes health awareness and healthy lifestyles, and encourages the completion of education. Through these organizations, Ms. Milton has been instrumental in raising funds for the purchase of toys and other needed items for children, including 100 bicycles for those who live in communities where their families may not otherwise be able to afford them. Ms. Milton and these organizations have also raised funds for purposes of sending at-risk youth to Washington, D.C., for educational tours.

The 2020 scholarship recipients must be at least 26 years old, seeking an undergraduate or associate degree, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and who is on track to graduate by December, 2020, or has achieved junior status (at the time of application) in a bachelor’s degree program. Applicants should reside or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall or Kane Counties in Illinois. The 2020 scholarships (2) of $5,000 can be awarded to part-time or full-time students, those in traditional or accelerated programs.  The candidates may be receiving financial aid. The scholarship committee will interview several women whose applications and personal statements are exemplary. Scholarship finalists who are selected to be interviewed will be asked to provide an official transcript.

DEADLINE: the 2020 application deadline is March 20, 2020.  Selections will be made by April 10, 2020. The funds will be dispersed shortly thereafter.

Application materials are available below.  Please contact Kathy Letkewicz at with any questions about the scholarships.

2020 AAUW Naper APPLICATION scholarship
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