American Association of University Women

Greater Richmond Branch

2018 Scholarships

Congratulations to our 2018 Scholarship winners!

  • Three Scholarships were awarded this year in May: two  for $1,000.00  and one  for $500. Click to meet the 2018 recipients below.
  • These funds may only be used for tuition or course expenses such as books or fees.
  • The 2019 Scholarship Application will be available in January 2019.  
  • Applications will be due March 30,  2019.
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Women applicants majoring in all academic fields are encouraged to apply. Those majoring in any of the following programs will be given additional consideration: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and other non-traditional majors.  Two individuals will receive a $1000 award which may only be used for tuition or supplemental expenses such as books or fees.
Note: Preference is given to women who are
  • residents of Virginia,
  • enrolled in a  two or four year undergraduate degree program of a Greater Richmond area community college or university,
  • have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours, and
  • are in good academic standing.

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Previous Scholarship recipients:

2018  3 scholarships were awarded:
Victoria Alford,19, a student leader of the Great Expectations program at Reynolds Community College.  Victoria has a 4.0 GPA after completing 24 credits towards a General Studies Degree with the goal of transferring into the Dietetics Program at James Madison University.

Sarah Izabel, 30, a native of Brazil, who has a 3.6 GPA after completing 158 credit hours of her Biology and Psychology majors at VCU.  Sarah has a seven year old son, is a research assistant in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at VCU and plans to apply to a joint MD/PhD program to achieve her goal of serving as a physician while continuing to work in neurological research.

Haley Smith 21, who has a 3.8 GPA after completing 75 hours towards her Criminal Justice degree at VCU.  Haley currently serves as an intake counselor for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) and is focused on the career goal of practicing law as a Guardian Ad Litem to continue her work in the juvenile justice system.

2017  2 scholarships were awarded:
Tiffany Hanes, completed her paralegal career studies certificate in May 2016 after receiving the GRAAUW 201602017 scholarship for $1500. Tiffany currently works as a substitute paraprofessional for students with autism for Chesterfield County Public Schools. She will complete her associate’s degree in business administration specializing in paralegal studies from John Tyler Community College in December 2017. Tiffany, a single parent, plans to work as a paralegal while continuing yer pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. As a former foster youth, Tiffany is actively involved in addressing issues that impact young people who are homeless or part of the foster care system. This past year, Tiffany served on the Great Expectations Student Leadership Team and as a Policy Advocacy Co-Chair for the Advocates for Richmond Youth organization working to change policies to decrease youth homelessness.


Cassie Perry has a work study job in the Financial Aid office and is completing her first year as a Psychology Major at John Tyler Community College.  At 16, as a result of family instability, Cassie made the choice to enter the foster care system.  After five foster placements, Cassie now has the support of a ‘forever’ family and has excelled in school.  Her goal is to earn her doctorate in Psychology at Longwood University and to ultimately use her own life challenges to inform her work with youth who have experienced trauma.