AAUW Establishes Endowed Scholarship at MSU Billings

MSU Billings Foundation President & CEO Bill Kennedy and Scholarship Administrator Susan Rhodes accept a gift of $31,000 from Billings Branch AAUW Trustees Susan Lubbers, Jane Van Dyk, and Nancy Downing.

Montana State University Billings Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the AAUW Billings Scholarship Endowment. This fund will generate scholarships to support female full-time students with financial need.

“We are pleased to establish the scholarship endowment within the Foundation and work with Scholarship Administrator Susan Rhodes to continue our organization’s goal of providing a scholarship to a woman attending MSU Billings,” said Susan Lubbers, a trustee of the AAUW Endowment.

Trustees of the Billings Branch AAUW Scholarship Endowment Trust Fund today presented a check for $31,000 to MSU Billings Foundation. The gift is a disbursement from the endowment created in 1991 by the Billings Branch. The endowment trustees determined that dividing the current endowment between the MSU Billings Foundation and Rocky Mountain College offered an excellent opportunity to ensure the future of the scholarship program. The trustees retained cash in each organization’s endowment to pay out scholarships for the next two years while the investment income at the two schools matures.

“Establishing endowed scholarships at the two schools is in keeping with AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research, and will insure a lasting legacy for AAUW in Billings,” noted Jane Van Dyk, trustee.

President & CEO Bill Kennedy explains that AAUW members and friends of the organization can continue to support its scholarship by donating to the endowment recently established at the MSU Billings Foundation.

Successful applicants need to be female, enrolled full-time (12 credits or more), demonstrate financial need, be a sophomore or higher in college, and provide an essay describing their goals and needs. Preference is given to non-traditional students.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Established in 1924, the Billings Branch AAUW counts 60 members in its ranks. The Billings Branch has provided 39 scholarships totaling more than $50,000.

For information about this and other scholarships, visit www.msubillings.edu/scholarships/ .

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