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.

 New application forms will be available in March 2022.  More information is available by contacting

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)

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)

Elizabeth Braatz is currently a student at Western Oregon University, majoring in criminal justice, with a minor in legal studies.  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)

Alli Schuh is beginning her third year as a double major in Modern Dance and
Environmental Studies at the University of Utah. She is interested in
researching community resilience through our personal connections to land and
movement. She is also pursuing minors in American Indian Studies and Arts
Technology. “Modern Dance has provided me a foundation for building a strong
connection to movement and through my American Indian Studies I have come
to understand how our moving bodies cannot be separated from the land we
live on. Taking care of the land is inherently taking care of our bodies and vice
versa. We have a relationship with the earth to take care of, and this relationship creates
healthy communities. I am planning on continuing my education after undergrad to pursue
research combining my many fields of interest. I am beyond grateful for this
scholarship. Thank you!” ($1000)

Anna Prewitt, a recent graduate of AHS, is now a rising sophomore at Pomona
College, in Claremont, California. She loves chemistry, journalism, volunteering,
and the outdoors, and is looking forward to exploring all of those things in
Claremont in the fall! ($1000)