The Anacortes Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering $2000 and $1000 scholarships to women who are in an undergraduate degree program, a vocational certification program, or planning to take courses beyond the undergraduate level in preparation for an advanced degree. The woman must either be an Anacortes High School graduate OR have resided on Fidalgo Island or Guemes Island for the last three years. Previous applicants and recipients of AAUW scholarships may apply; however, it is not available to high school seniors or those applying for their freshmen year.

AAUW Scholarship Poster 2021

AAUW Scholarship Application 2021

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2021 Scholarship Recipients

April Davis is a 19-year-old from Anacortes, Washington. She is currently attending Western Washington University, with plans to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a master’s degree and become a certified Physician Assistant. She enjoys running, hiking, reading, and playing guitar in her free time.  ($2000 scholarship)

Elizabeth Braatz is currently a student at Western Oregon University, majoring in criminal justice, with a minor in legal studies.  She was adopted as an infant in San Diego, California and moved to Anacortes, Washington when she started Sixth Grade. She was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child, but with hard work and help from her family, tutors, teachers and counselors, she has been able to overcome her disability and succeed.

Elizabeth has been very active in student government at WOU, serving as Vice President of her dorm, Vice President of the Residential Housing Association, and Vice President of the Black Student Union. She is currently a Senator with the Associated Students of WOU and was recently elected Senate President for the 2021-2022 school year.

After completing her degree in Criminal Justice, Elizabeth plans to go to law school, then become a civil rights attorney. She wants to work for a government agency that fights civil rights issues discrimination. After gaining experience as an attorney, Elizabeth may enter politics so she can continue to advocate for equitable systems and policies.   ($1000 scholarship)

Erin Wolfswinkel has spent most of her life in Anacortes, except for a small stint in Colorado where she and her husband started their small family. An avid gardener and plant lover, after graduating from Anacortes High School, Erin went on to complete her BA in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Washington. Erin has been a Paraprofessional at Island View Elementary for 5 years and began pursuing her Master’s in Elementary Education through Western Governor’s University in January. Erin is thankful for the support provided through the AAUW scholarship.  ($1000 scholarship)

Sophie Riley is a rising second-year student at the University of San Diego. She plans to accomplish a Bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in English.  She plans to attend medical school and eventually work with children as a pediatrician. Sophie works at Fidalgo Animal Medical Center and volunteers with Children’s House International Adoptions. For fun she spends time with her family and friends, participates at the Dancing Camel Yoga studio in Anacortes, and reads books, her favorite being The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery. Sophie is the oldest of four adopted children, and some of her greatest mentors have been her mother, Cynthia Riley, and Spanish teacher, Amy Ubungen. Sophie is a graduate from Anacortes High School and hopes to make her family and community proud.      ($1500 scholarship)