AAUW presents academic award

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate Cindea Bradley of Fort Plain was the winner of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown American Association of University Women branch scholarship, a news release said.

The $750 award is given to a non-traditional graduating female student who intends to transfer to a baccalaureate program. The awardee must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.8.

The AAUW scholarship is given annually in memory of Rita Mary Burke, FMCC English professor and one of the original members of the local AAUW branch.

The purpose of the scholarship is to reward women who have had to delay their entry into college after high school to work or raise a family and to encourage them to continue to pursue their education, the news release said.

Laurie Freeman is the chairwoman for the scholarship.

Bradley is enrolled in Empire State College with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is employed as an accountant for Montgomery County.

Bradley graduated from Foothill High School in California 45 years ago. She has three children and five grandchildren. She attended FM with her youngest son, who is 18.

Bradley attended the June AAUW meeting at the Mayfield Yacht Club, where she was introduced to the branch. Bradley was presented with an AAUW membership as part of the award. She presented the local AAUW branch with a cake and a $50 check for future scholarships.