Branch Programs - Scholarships

High School Scholarships

The Northville Novi Branch of AAUW awards scholarships to Northville and Novi High School girls planning to pursue a college or university degree as well as to women at Oakland and Schoolcraft Community Colleges returning to school to complete their associate degrees.

The funds for these scholarships are raised by the development, promotion and ticket sales for a tour of unique homes every other year. Proceeds are also generated from other interesting and innovative financial development activities. More information about these events is available on our website. In the past eight years alone, more than $50,000 in scholarships has been awarded.

The guidelines for the scholarships vary by institution. Along with each High School’s standard application form, the following criteria applies: The AAUW – NN scholarship will be offered a graduating senior who has attended Novi or Northville High School for at least one year. Applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 with plans to attend college next fall. They should also have demonstrated leadership in school, an organization, or work experience and be available for an individual interview. Please submit a double spaced, no smaller than 12 point, one page essay discussing a current women’s issue; one that you relate to personally. Essays longer than one page will be disqualified.

Each high school application is reviewed as objectively as possible following the criteria on the attached application, essay, and interview rubrics. The final 3 or 4 candidates are invited to be interviewed and the final recipient is selected on the basis of her academic merit, community involvement, leadership qualities, personal interview and how well the committee thinks she will represent AAUW-NN. An AAUW-NN representative presents the scholarship check at the high school honors or awards convocation.

The recipients have used the scholarship money to cover things like books, fees and other supplemental expenses. They tell us that not only is the money important but the recognition is affirming. It encourages them to continue to strive for success in fields like engineering, medicine, science, technology, and education. They’ve also gotten their first exposure to AAUW and the groundwork has been laid for future membership.

Northville High School

Northville High School offers a comprehensive curriculum including seventeen Advanced Placement classes, honors courses in the areas of math, science, English, and world languages. Currently they are in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate school with a middle years program and also a diploma program. Career vocational training is available through the Livonia Career Technical Center.

It is ranked 13th within Michigan. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Northville High School is 56 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 21 percent.

Novi High School

Novi High School offers 15 advanced placement courses, as well as numerous International Baccalaureate courses, and also the IB Diploma if desired. The school also offers many vocational courses including the option to take some afternoon classes at the nearby Oakland Technical Center. In addition, the school offers a Computer-Aided Design Tech Prep program, which qualifies its participants for seven college credits at Oakland Community College.

It is ranked 11th within Michigan. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Novi High School is 58 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 40 percent.

Community College Scholarships

The community college scholarships are awarded through their respective foundations. A check is usually presented to each foundation at the AAUW-NN Annual Meeting. The Branch receives information about the recipients each year. A Branch representative also attends an annual recognition event given by each institution when there is an opportunity to meet and interact with scholarship recipients.

The recipients use the scholarship money to cover supplemental expenses as well as for things like childcare and transportation. They tell us the funds make a dramatic difference in their lives. It helps free them up so they can concentrate more fully on their studies in fields like healthcare, technology, and education. Their future plans often include continuing their education and going on to get their bachelor’s degrees.

Oakland Community College

Established in 1964 in Oakland County, Michigan, Oakland Community College is a public institution, with a total enrollment of 26,400. With five campuses, it is the largest community college in Michigan and one of the largest in the U.S. The AAUW-NN Branch works with the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. OCC offers programs leading to five degrees: Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Business Administration, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Science. The school utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The student-faculty ratio is 26-to-1. The highest degree offered at Oakland Community College is an associate degree. The school has an open admissions policy. Students can earn degrees and certificates in 23 different fields. Popular programs include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Health Professions and Related Programs, and Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services. The student body makeup is 43 percent male and 57 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 42 percent.

Schoolcraft Community College

Established in 1961 in Wayne County Michigan, Schoolcraft College is a comprehensive community-based public institution located in Livonia, Michigan with a satellite campus in Garden City, Michigan. It has a total enrollment of 12,385. The school utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. The student-faculty ratio is 28-to-1. The highest degree offered at Schoolcraft College is an associate degree. The school has an open admissions policy and offers credit for life experiences. Students can earn degrees and certificates in 15 different fields. Popular programs include: Health Professions and Related Programs, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, and Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services.

Schoolcraft offers Three Associate Degree Pathways: Directly to the workforce. These career-focused degree programs prepare students for immediate employment; Transfer to a college or university. These transfer-oriented programs fulfill the general studies requirements of a bachelor’s degree, allowing students to save thousands in tuition by starting at Schoolcraft before transferring to a four-year school; and Articulation agreement. These agreements with selected universities enable students to earn a specific career-focused associate degree at Schoolcraft and transfer into a specific bachelor’s degree program at the four-year campus. The student body makeup is 45 percent male and 55 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 34 percent.