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 files: Flyer; Application; Criteria; Checklist

Questions: aauwnapervillescholarship@gmail.com

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship

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, 2021.

Download Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship files:  Flyer, Application, Criteria, Checklist 

In 2021, thanks to the kindness of a generous donor, AAUW Naperville Area is offering a special scholarship in honor of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship encourages women to become trailblazers by pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math [STEM]. 

Qualifying applicants for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Memorial Scholarship are women of any age, who must:  (a) be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited institution; (b) be enrolled in a course of study falling under the discipline of science, technology, engineering or math [STEM]; (c) achieve junior status by the application deadline of March 31, 2021; 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, 2021. Selections will be made by April 30, 2021. 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 woman in the community who has demonstrated leadership and extraordinary community service. We seek to recognize women who are well-known, and also those who have worked quietly to improve life for others, especially women and girls.

Nominations are accepted by the board throughout the year. Any member may recommend nominees. The award is presented at a special event.