Scholarships and Awards

Angeline Gale Scholarship

AAUW Naperville Area awarded a $5,000 scholarship in May 2021. We currently are not accepting applications. Please check for availability of 2022 scholarships early in 2022.

AAUW Naperville Area established the Angeline Gale Scholarship in 1971 in memory of Angeline Gale, an educator and the founder of our branch. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage women to pursue higher education, even when their progress may have been interrupted for various reasons.

To qualify for the Angeline Gale Scholarship, applicants must:  (a) be women at least 26 years of age; (b) be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution; (c) have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; and (d) EITHER (1) be on track to graduate by December of the year the scholarship is awarded if enrolled in an associate degree program, OR (2) achieve junior status by the application deadline if enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. 

Applicants must reside in or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall or Kane Counties in Illinois. Other criteria apply.

2021 Angeline Gale Scholarship: Flyer; Application; Criteria; Checklist

Questions: aauwnapervillescholarship@gmail.com

L & S Inspirational Leadership Scholarship 2022

AAUW Naperville Area is offering a scholarship of $5,000 to a woman undergrad whose major course of study is in a STEM discipline. Applications are due March 31, 2022. Application forms will be available here soon – please check back.

In 2022, thanks to the kindness of a generous donor, AAUW Naperville Area is offering a special scholarship, the L & S Inspirational Leadership Scholarship, to support a woman who exhibits strong leadership qualities and abilities, as evidenced by the leadership positions she has assumed in her school or in her community, and who demonstrates a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society, both now and in the future. This scholarship will encourage women to take on leadership positions which enable them to affect positive, lasting change in our society and in the world at large.

Qualifying applicants for the L & S Inspirational Leadership Scholarship are women of any age, who must: (a) be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited institution; (b) demonstrate leadership qualities and currently hold or have recently held leadership positions in school or within the community; (c) demonstrate a desire to make a meaningful contribution to society, both now and in the future; (c) achieve junior status by the application deadline of March 31, 2022, and (d) have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Applicants must reside in or attend school in DuPage, Will, Kendall or Kane Counties in Illinois. Other criteria apply. Applications are due March 31, 2022. Selections will be made by April 30, 2022. Funds will be available shortly thereafter and will be forwarded directly to the college or university in which the awardee is enrolled.

Questions: aauwnapervillescholarship@gmail.com

AAUW National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Sponsorships

Meet the six remarkable young women leaders sponsored by the Branch in 2021.

AAUW Naperville Area has partnered with North Central College and Benedictine University since 2012 to sponsor college women to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL “nick-whistle”). The conference offers leadership training, inspiration and networking.

Woman of the Year Award

Meet our wonderful Women of the Year honorees

Each year AAUW Naperville Area honors a Naperville area woman who has demonstrated an exceptional level of leadership and community service; and who has demonstrated support for the advancement of equity for women and girls. We seek to recognize women who are well-known, and also those who have worked quietly to improve life for others.

Any member of AAUW Naperville Area or the community may nominate someone to be recognized as AAUW Naperville Area Woman of the Year. Complete and submit a nomination form to the address on the form. Nominations for 2021 Woman of the Year are due November 10.

The award will be presented at a special event.