Mature Woman’s Grant Recipients

At the fall “Salad Daze” meeting of the Easton Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) three Mature Woman’s Grant recipients were honored.  The purpose of this grant is to assist women who are returning to complete their college education, pursuing further graduate studies, or applying for a certificate program to enter a new career path and would benefit from some extra financial assistance in accomplishing this goal.  This is the seventh year that grants have been awarded to women who are residents of the counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s or Talbot counties, and are over 25 years of age.

The 2011 recipients of a $600 grant were Shirl Jenkins, attending the University of Maryland University College where she is pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration; Jennifer Bosch, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Marine e
Estuarine and Environmental Science at the University of Maryland; and Jennifer Orr Blunt, pursuing a Master of Education degree in Elementary and Secondary Counseling at Wilmington University.

Members of the Easton Branch AAUW Mature Woman’s Grant committee are Patricia Crane, chairman, Priscilla Hilliard, Janet Harford, Joan Leukhardt, and Debbie Smith.  Application for the 2012 grant will be available in April, 2012 at local libraries in the five-county region, at Chesapeake College, Salisbury University, Washington College, Wicomico College or electronically by request at

If you hold an associate’s or equivalent, bachelors, or higher degree from an accredited college or university, you can join AAUW. If you are an undergraduate in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution, you can join as a student affiliate of a branch or a student-affiliate-at-large. Qualified institutions are educational institutions that offer recognized associate, baccalaureate, or higher degrees and that have full regional accreditation (including two-year or community colleges) or appropriate professional association approval.

The AAUW mission is to advance equity for all women and girls, through advocacy, education and research.  For membership information, email Karen Bailor at