AAUW’s awards, scholarship night
The work was finished, and it was time to celebrate. The annual AAUW Book Sale, which brought in $1,600 when it began 57 years ago, produced $47,700 this year.
The AAUW Scholarship Committee, whose members are Norma Ferguson, Myra Jones, Clare Wisson, and Louise Wisser, had studied the records of all the scholarship applicants and interviewed each one to determine this year’s winners. Awardees received either a $1,000 or a $2,000 scholarship.
On the evening of May 15, the AAUW members and most of the 25 scholarship winners and their families gathered at Advent Moravian Church in Bethlehem for the Scholarship Awards Reception. Fran Bentkowski announced the winners along with their academic achievements and extracurricular activities. Some have also done volunteer work in the community and/or had part-time jobs. Fran also announced the college each winner will attend.
Grace Hass received the Senior Women’s Club of Bethlehem Scholarship. She is a 2019 Liberty HS graduate and will attend Syracuse University.
Amanda Kemmerer received the Non-traditional student award. She is attending Cedar Crest College
Fran Bentkowski presented Book Fair Scholarships to Sadie Abboud, LHS, Johns Hopkins University; Stephanie Alkhatib, FHS, Lehigh University; Mikaela Armao, FHS, West Chester University; Donna Basic, LHS, Moravian College; Alanna Besas, LHS, Millersville University; Christina Chen, FHS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mariah Estojak, LHS, Penn State University; Leigha Evans, FHS, Temple University; Megan Forst, FHS, Hofstra University; Haley Jupina, LHS, Lehigh University; Julie Kim, LHS, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Sruthi Laskshminarayanan, LHS, University of the Sciences; Elisabeth Lee, LHS, Cornell University; Elizabeth Lee, LHS, Bloomsburg University; Veronica Longley, FHS, Marist College; Bridget MacDonald, LHS, Villanova University; Isabella Pacenza, FHS, Bernard College;Anjini Patel, FHS, Villanova University; Lina Perugini, LHS, Coastal Carolina University; Emma Sonnenblick, FHS, Tufts University; Mary Sweeney, FHS, Villanova University; Chloe Wilcox, LHS, Lehigh University; and Lauren Weintraub, Saucon Valley, Cedar Crest College.
After the awards ceremony ended, the members of the AAUW and their guests gathered around for refreshments and lively conversation. All in all it was a gratifying celebration of the hard work of the AAUW members who had earned the money for the scholarships and especially the hard work of the awardees.