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AAUW State College Merit-Based STEM Scholarship for Center County Girls
Campers examine microscope at Science-U 2019

Scholarship awards pay the camp fee for each recipient to attend a Science-U day camp of her choice!

Applications and STEM Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Forms are due on Jan 10th, 2020!

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The State College Branch of the American Association of University Women annually sponsors scholarships to Science-U day camps for girls and young women in Centre County. The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. More information about the State College Branch of the AAUW may be found at its website:

Who is eligible:

  • Girls entering 6th through 12th grade in Fall 2020
  • Residence in, or attendance at, a Centre County school district (Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte Area, Penns Valley Area, Philipsburg-Osceola, or State College Area).


Selection Criteria:

  • Sincere interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (STEM)
  • Demonstration of a positive attitude and strength of character
  • Motivation to learn about STEM and academic effort


  • All materials are due by January 10, 2020
  • Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the AAUW State College Branch STEM Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified by January 27, 2020, which is before Science-U registration opens on February 5th, 2019 at 10:00a.m.

Instructions for Applicants:

1. Complete the Scholarship Application Form (available below).  The form requests contact information and a selection of your camp choice.  Camp choices may be found on page 2 of the application and at Please submit the completed application by January 10th, 2020, along with a one-page essay. The essay (approx. 300-500 words) must answer the following questions:

  • What area of science interests you the most and why?
  • Which Science-U camp did you choose and how do you think attending this camp will benefit you?
  • If selected, how will you use this experience to encourage others to be interested in STEM?

If using the fillable PDF version of this form, please remember to save the completed form with a new name so that your information is saved! For more helpful suggestions for completing fillable forms, see the bottom of this page. 


2. Ask a teacher from a previous or current science, mathematics, engineering, or technology class OR a STEM mentor (an adult who has supervised or mentored you in any STEM activity, e.g., coach of your robotics team or supervisor of a science club) to complete the STEM Teacher/Mentor Recommendation Form (available below).  (Remind them to submit before the January 10th, 2020 deadline!)

If using the fillable PDF version of this form, please remember to save the completed form with a new name so your information is saved! For more helpful suggestions for completing fillable forms, see the bottom of this page. 


3. Submit your Application Form and essay by January 10th, 2020 in one of the following ways:

Mail:  Science-U Summer Camp Program

          AAUW State College Branch STEM Scholarship Committee

          201 Ritenour Building

          University Park, PA 16802


Fax:  (814) 865-0096

For paper registration forms, questions, or more info, contact the Science-U office at:

Phone: (814) 865-0083



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Quotes from past AAUW Scholarship Recipients:

I’m really glad that i applied for the scholarship, because the camp was truly an amazing experience that i will not forget about anytime soon.  - 2019 high school aauw scholarship recipient

My experience was amazing, and I learned a lot at Science-U!  I have no idea if i would know this much if I didn’t earn that sCholarship. - 2019 middle school aauw scholarship recipient 

Being a scholarship recipient was wonderful because it provided me with the opportunity of attending this program, something that i may not have had otherwise. - 2019 high school aauw scholarship recipient






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