Branch Programs – Scholarships

High School Scholarships

AAUW Northville-Novi 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 through small group parties, Tipping Point theater events and other fundraising activities held throughout the year, in addition to the generous donations made by AAUWNN members and members of the community.  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 AAUWNN scholarship will be offered a graduating senior attends 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.

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 AAUWNN. An AAUWNN 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.