2020-2021 Student Scholarship Recipients

This year, the AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee Branch awarded academic scholarships of $2,000 each to students from five local colleges:  Alverno College, Carroll University, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), Mount Mary University and Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC).

This year, our recipients are:

Roselyn Baldera: Alverno College, Nursing
I do not think I chose nursing–it chose me. Ever since I had to help care for my ill grandmother at age 14, I realized I loved helping people. I had great experiences when giving birth to my two sons and these experiences helped confirm that nursing is my passion. My first goal for the future is to graduate from Alverno College. My ultimate goal is to work as an ER nurse, labor and delivery nurse, or traveling nurse. I would love to gain experience in all three areas.
This past year has been difficult. At the beginning of 2020 I lost my job, then COVID-19 happened, making it difficult to pay for my classes. This scholarship has helped me and I want to thankyou. Without your support I do not believe I would be enrolled right now. I appreciate your support so
much! I would like to thank you for believing in me and helping me realize my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse.

Whitney Johnson: Carroll University, Public Health
I truly believe everything happens for a reason. This scholarship solidifies I’m on the right path. I had the passion and drive to go back to school in my 30’s to pursue my dream of being an epidemiologist. This scholarship helps lessen the burden and allows me a step closer to achieving my goals! Thank you very much! This means a great deal to me!

Shannon Mishun: Milwaukee Area Technical College, Business Management
This scholarship is truly a blessing in disguise! Ihave been able to keep my family out of debt as I returned to school. We live from check to check with little room for unexpected happenings. With four children those things can come up quite often. This will give me a little more breathing room and will help me prove to my children that good things come to those who work hard and persevere.
I would like to thank the donors of this scholarship.I also want them to know that I will not and cannot be stopped! I will continue to advocate for education, and continue to work on becoming my best self. Thank you so much for this award. I am truly humbled and honored by your recognition.

Simone Tatum: Mount Mary University, Biology-Health Science
I will be an anesthesiologist assistant. I will finish my four years at Mount Mary and plan to take the two-year Master’s program at the Medical College
of Wisconsin. My goal is to be in the healthcare field and make patients feel comfortable while fully knowing exactly what I am doing. This scholarship
has impacted my life by placing less of a financial burden on me for school. This scholarship makes me feel like it’s a sign to try harder than I have
already been trying. I have a one-year old daughter and taking care of her, working, and going to school is hard but knowing that there is some financial help gives me peace of mind. I am grateful for this scholarship and I appreciate it!

Sydney Welsh: Waukesha Area TechnicalCollege, Nursing
Since I’ve always been fascinated with the diverse functionalities of the human body, I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue an occupation in the medical field. After a while, I discovered that a career in nursing was the route I wanted to take. I am so grateful for the AAUW’s decision to award me one of their very substantial scholarships. Not only am I amazed that I’ve received exactly the amount that I needed at the right time, I’m reassured that my path is the right one. This money will allow me to devote myself to school and spend less time worrying about the stress of monthly payments and increased hours at work. Since I no longer have to consider taking out loans, this scholarship will also help me to remain out of debt and help me save money for my BSN and MSN. Ultimately, I hope to specialize in gastroenterology. I plan to give back to AAUW by helping the community they support. Thank you for laying down the foundation of my goals!

**Statements edited to fit issue space requirements


AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee Awards Two National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Scholarships in 2019-2020

In an effort to help women develop strong leadership skills, the AAUW West Suburban-Milwaukee Branch has been pleased to award scholarships for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) for female students enrolled at local colleges and universities.  This year, two $750 conference scholarships were awarded by our Branch to provide two local students with the opportunity to attend this extraordinary national leadership conference.

This year, students Judy Beck from WCTC and Michael Finney from Carroll University were selected to attend the conference.  Congratulations to both students!  We had a chance to meet and hear from Michael at our September branch meeting.

Since 1985, NCCWSL has helped thousands of college and university women develop leadership skills, network with other student leaders, and interact with women who hold leadership positions.  The conference includes workshops, group networking, keynote speakers, women of distinction awards ceremony, graduate school and career fairs, and more.

NCCWSL is held annually, usually in the month of June in Maryland.  Further information and specific dates can be obtained on the conference website at

Submitted by Pilar Joseph, College/University Liaison