Scholarship Opportunity – National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

By Ann Varner

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills? Are you passionate about taking action in your community and being a change-maker? If so, pick up an application from the Women’s Center for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

The Scholarship

Every year the American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides a scholarship of up to $1,000 to a female student to attend the three-day conference at the University of Maryland. This year, the conference will be held from May 30 to June 2, 2018. The scholarship covers most of the expenses of the trip (including most meals, room accommodations, and travel). The goal of the conference is to “provide a transformative experience for attendees and prepare them to be the next generation of leaders” (AAUW). With over 50 leadership-building sessions, guest speakers, a job fair, and meeting the “fiercest trailblazers” of today, this opportunity is one you don’t want to miss.

NCCWSL History

The AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) was founded in 1983. At a time when the gender gap in leadership was not closing fast enough, the AAUW and other organizations organized this conference as a leadership meeting for college women to gain “the skills and confidence they need to make change.” According to their website, past attendees have, “gone on to lead nonprofits, innovate the corporate world, create disruptive technologies, and more.”

To find out more, visit their website:

Deadline to apply is 12:00 p.m., Monday, March 12.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Arzie Umali at or 816-235-5577.

AAUW Opportunity for Leadership Development

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is an annual event held over a three-day period at the University of Maryland. This year it will be May 31 – June 3. The Conference brings together students from all over the United States to participate in workshops, hear women in national and global leadership roles speak, and be encouraged to become leaders on campus and beyond. Attendance was nearly 1000 students in 2016. As America’s premier conference for college women, the conference provides a transformative experience for attendees and prepares them to be the next generation of leaders. Each attendee becomes a part of the 30-year legacy of the conference.

  • Choose from more than 50 workshops that prepare them for life after college.
  • Meet incredible role models including Women of Distinction awardees and speakers.
  • Make connections for life.
  • Discover their future from more than eighty graduate schools and employers.
  • Gain the confidence and skills to return to their campuses and communities ready to take action.

Because the Kansas City AAUW branch considers this to be such an outstanding event, it is sponsoring one scholarship for an undergraduate student from one of our local AAUW Partner Member colleges/universities to attend the Conference. The scholarship, not to exceed $1000, will cover registration expenses which includes most meals, room accommodations, and travel.

The student must be recommended by you as the AAUW College/University representative and meet the requirements on the application form. A deadline of March 8 for submission of the application has been set. Selection will be based upon the student’s prior leadership endeavors, with an emphasis on campus involvement. We are encouraging you to nominate your student as soon as possible, or at least let us know if you will be nominating someone.

There are other NCCWSL scholarships (covers registration fee) available and AAUW-KC strongly encourages students to apply for them. The application process for these national scholarships can be found on the website/NCCWSL. The national NCCWSL scholarship deadline is February 28.

It’s rewarding to see students come back from the Conference full of enthusiasm and confidence. She will enhance her campus with what she’s learned.

Applications available at the Women’s Center, 105 Haag Hall. Deadline to apply is 3:00 p.m. March 8. Contact Arzie Umali, or 816-235-5577.

For further conference information, please contact Patti Jachowicz, AAUW-KC Chair, College/University Partnerships, at or 224-558-7757.


AAUW Scholarship Opportunity


Attention Students!

The Reentry Woman Scholarship Award sponsored American Association of University Women (AAUW) is up for grabs now! The award is worth $500 and is available to students who meet the following qualifications:

  1. The student has been out of school for at least five years before returning.
  2. The student is currently enrolled as a full OR part-time student.
  3. The student has not yet completed a bachelor’s degree.
  4. The student has completed at least 30 hours of undergraduate credit, 15 of which have been completed since reentry.
  5. The student has a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Contact Arzie Umali ( for more information, or to submit an application.