Gundersen awarded AAUW scholarship
JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate Elizabeth Gundersen of Gloversville was this year’s winner of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown American Association of University Women branch scholarship. The $1,000 award is given to a non-traditional graduating female student who intends to transfer to a baccalaureate program. The awardee must have a cumulative GPA 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. Anya Biel and Sandra Maceyka chair the Scholarship.
Elizabeth Gundersen joined the Navy immediately after graduating from high school in 1987. She married and became the mother of three sons and a daughter. In 1999 she began attending Fulton-Montgomery Community College majoring in Computer Information Systems, but due to illness had to leave college. She was finally able to return to school two years ago to resume her studies. She graduated from FM this May with an Associates Degree in General Studies and plans to continue her studies at Empire State College. She has taken most of her classes at FM online since this mode of study appeals to her and fits her schedule best. She is gravitating toward English/History and has developed interest in Asian culture because her daughter-in-law is Chinese American. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, she hopes to travel to China to teach English there.
Gundersen attended the June AAUW meeting at the Mayfield Yacht Club where she was introduced to the branch and presented with the $1000 scholarship and an AAUW membership as part of the award.
Anyone with an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university is eligible to join AAUW.
AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information about the local AAUW branch go to Agj-ny.aauw.net.