2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients 

Caeli Benyacko, Sarah Strohminger, President Karen Hayes, Scholarship Chair Cathy McGinn

Caeli Benyacko received the Jean Luoma Scholarship. Caeli is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida majoring in astrophysics and mathematics. Her passion and future goal is to combat climate change by creating renewable resources. She sees using space and oceans as future frontiers to help with our global challenges.

Kai Priester received the Diane Boyce Scholarship. Kai is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida School of Engineering. She has received several awards including the Northrop Grumman Award where she will be working as an intern this summer. Kai’s passion is exploring space, helping bring technology to rural areas, and making an impact for women in computer science.

Sarah Strohminger received a scholarship award for a summer internship in Morocco for her graduate work in sustainable development practices at the University of Florida. She will be researching ways to produce much needed water through fog harvesting.  She is studying Arabic. Her future plans are to work for an organization such as the United Nations in North Africa.  Presently she works at the University of Florida in the Office for Global Research. 

Scholarship Application for Both Scholarships

Jean Luoma Scholarship

Diane Boyce Scholarship

 Deadline for Receipt of Complete Application – March 30, 2022

 AAUW St Augustine Branch offers these scholarships each year to local college/university students who are residents of St. Johns County.  The scholarships honor Jean Luoma for her years of dedicated service to St. Augustine and AAUW and Diane Boyce for her dedicated service to St. Augustine Branch and to AAUW-Florida.

REQUIREMENTS:   An Application for the Scholarship must:

  1. Be a US citizen and permanent resident of St. Johns County, Florida for at least one year. Proof of permanent residency, such as a driver’s license, voters’ registration or passport is required.  A permanent resident may live at a university outside of St. Johns County, Florida and maintain a permanent residence with parents or guardian living in St. Johns County.
  2. Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student (male or female), who has completed 24 credits of college level studies (not exclusively on-line) by the end of the 2021 Fall Term.
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Provide official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities   attended.
  4. Provide information regarding all financial assistance being received.  This should include grants, scholarships, awards and loans that you have received for the 2022–2023 academic year.
  5. Completed application and 250-word essay.
  6. Two letters of reference: one personal (not a relative) and one professional (faculty member, school administrator or professional mentor).  These letters are to be mailed directly to the AAUW Scholarship Committee.  See application for address.
  7. Be available for interviews in April. Date TBD. Interviews can be done in person or by Zoom.

Failure to provide required letters of reference, transcript(s), essay, signature or completed application by the deadline will be considered incomplete and will not advanced in the competition. Scholarship funds may be used only for qualified educational expenses, tuition, fees, books, room and board or educational equipment and will be paid directly to the college.