Celebrating Successes


From October through May, the members of the AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council (SAC) members served as AAUW ambassadors, and lead gender equality projects on their campuses.  The SAC also advised the AAUW-PA board on the needs of college students.

What opportunities come from becoming an SAC member?

  • Developing and honing your leadership skills and becoming an agent for positive change
  • Networking with amazing student leaders and distinguished professional women statewide
  • Attend State Convention and present on key issue of importance to students
  • Adding an impressive credential to your resume or curriculum vitae

The following two students were the AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council members for 2018-2019:

  • Alaya Rhymer a La Roche University (LRU) is a senior majoring in Chemistry & Sociology and serving as the LRU Student Organization (SO) President.
  • Katie Migatulski a Juniata College is a junior majoring in Economics and serving as the Juniata SO Vice-President.

Both students did an outstanding job leading goal projects promoting Economic Security by supporting Equal Pay Day programs and promoting Smart Start Workshops.  Their term concluding by giving a reporting on a Zoom conference call to the AAUW-PA State Board on April 29, 2019.   They also answered questions regarding the leadership efforts on their campuses, issues and opportunities important to college women.  The AAUW-PA Board gives a heartfelt thanks to Alaya and Katie for their volunteer work and supporting the mission of AAUW.

AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council members for 2017-18:

  • Bria Bowman is a senior at West Chester University majoring in International Business Management.
  • Natalia Hazelwood is a senior majoring in International Relations with the Penn State University World Campus.
  • Shaina Hilsey is a senior at California University of Pennsylvania majoring in Sport Management with a concentration in Professional Golf Management and a minor in Business Administration.
  • Sofino Odero is a senior majoring in African Studies and minoring in Health Studies at Dickinson College.

We are thrilled to have had these four remarkable and very impressive women activists working with us this year on the Student Advisory Council!  We also appreciate Alaya Rhymer and Seirra Anderson both juniors attending La Roche University for assisting on the student panel at the PA State Convention.


AAUW-PA is pleased to announce the grant winners for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). This conference took place on May 29-June 1, 2019 at the University of Maryland in College Park, focuses on building leadership skills and career development.

Recipients INSTITUTIONS undergraduate-majors
Alaya Rhymer La Roche College Chemistry & Sociology
Madison Miller Juniata College Politics. Communications & Women Studies
Tra Bui Juniata College Psychology & Communications
Hanneliese Scheel Juniata College Physics & Secondary Education
Mary Boggs Juniata College English & French Studies
Shantavia Williams Lock Haven University Social Work & Public/Community Health
Kendra Culp Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Pre-Health

NCCWSL 2019 PA Grant recipient Kendra Culp (Pennsylvania Highlands Community College) 

This year I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2019 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders through a scholarship graciously provided by the local American Association of University Women chapter. What is the NCCWSL? In short, it’s the matured version of a women’s summer camp aimed at making you your very best self. Aimed at college-aged women and future student leaders, this event was tailored to bring together young women from all walks of life and empower them to excel and thrive in an inclusive environment. I cannot think of a greater opportunity for professional and personal development that I’ve experienced.

The NCCWSL Conference offers a plethora of amazing opportunities to network and learn in a supportive environment. Over the days of the conference, there were a variety of workshops and panels that appealed to a wide audience. Workshop topics ranged from becoming more

Kendra Culp is on right her friend Latisha is on the left.

politically involved techniques to aid business pursuits, wage negotiation to feminist leadership. There was a focus on inclusivity and empowering other women that pervaded through the conference. The outpouring of support and positivity was truly amazing and reinforced a bonding between women who have shared not only struggles, but victories as well.

In addition to specific workshops, there were several panels full of successful and knowledgeable female leaders. It was inspiring to see women leaders in their fields of expertise, particularly those in careers that have been historically underrepresented. Having an open conversation with women who have trail-blazed into the fields like engineering and technology provided insight that would have been difficult to obtain elsewhere.

A presenter that resonated with me was this year’s featured speaker, Dr. Tererai Trent. If her name rings a bell, it’s because she was Oprah’s all-time favorite guest and it wasn’t hard to see why. Dr. Tererai Trent took her audience on a captivating journey through Africa, to pursuing the American Dream, to returning to her village to unbury her dreams and help her community. Powerful doesn’t come close to describing her moving story of pursuing her education despite her many challenges. Her storytelling transports you straight to her Zimbabwe village where she started her journey and by the time you return, you share in both her healing and her triumph.

It would have been hard to picture a more electrifying presentation, but the night of the AAUW Women of Distinction Award Ceremony took this event to another level. The event honored attendees Jamie Marie Chen, Sandra Kim, Lauren Simmons, and Ashley Nell Tipton. It would be hard to imagine any attendee not being inspired by these ladies’ passionate stories. The keynote speaker, Roxane Gay of Bad Feminist and Marvel writer fame, was the appropriate larger than life speaker to end this experience.

The amount of support was overwhelming and it was so rewarding to be in a community of passionate women lifting each other up. It makes one hopeful for the future that so many young women will be taking their growth and drive back to their communities and thrive with, not against, each other. I truly feel that any young woman would benefit greatly from this enriching conference that unites so many aspiring dreamers. The experience was nothing short of transformational.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2018 winners of the AAUW-PA grants to attend NCCWSL, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders:

  • Abby Blank, an undergraduate studying Nursing at Bucks County Community College
  • Argentina Bonilla, an undergraduate studying Sociology and Women’s Studies at St. Francis University
  • Amy Chen, an undergraduate studying Political Science at Juniata College
  • Alyssa Flannery, an undergraduate studying Political Science at Moravian College
  • Emma Hutchman, an undergraduate studying History and English at Moravian College
  • Isabela Madrigil, an undergraduate studying Computer Science and Communications at Lehigh University
  • Gillian Williams, an undergraduate studying Public Policy at the University of Delaware

We were thrilled to have these four remarkable and very impressive women activists working with us this year on the Student Advisory Council!

Congratulations to Shaina Hilsey at California University of Pennsylvania for being selected to serve on the national Student Advisory Council for 2017-18! This marks the fifth year in a row that a student from a Pennsylvania university has been selected for the SAC.

Educational Funding and Awards

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $4.3 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 270 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2019–20 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

We are proud of the following recipients from Pennsylvania College/Universities, additionally the two Pennsylvania Community Action Grant recipients.  Click on the recipient or students name for more info on their project.

Click here to view 2019 Community Action Grant Recipients
Click here to view 2019 American Fellowships
Click here to view 2019 Career Development Grants
Click here to view 2019 International Fellowships
Click here to view 2019 Selected Professions Fellowships


Campus Action Project (CAP) grants enable student leaders and campus faculty to design and implement effective programs that enhance campus offerings, promote leadership, and improve academic and career outcomes. CAP grants, were co-sponsored by Pantene’s Shine Strong Fund, provide funding to create community-based solutions to some of the far-reaching problems explored in AAUW research.  AAUW-PA salutes our past Pennsylvania CAP-grant winners:

  • Robert Morris University—AAUW College/University Member, Moon Township, PA Overcoming Statistics: Empowering Women in Actuarial Science (2017-2018)
  • California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA-Learn to Earn Build Leadership Skills and Close the Gender Pay Gap (2016-17)
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, PA-My Life, My Label(2014-15)
  • Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA-Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013-14)
  • Millersville University, Millersville, PA-Ending Sexual Harassment & Cyber-Bullying (2011-12)
  • California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA-CSI: California, PA, Engaging and Inspiring Girls to Explore Their World (2009-10)
  • Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA-College Connections: A Partnership between Franklin & Marshall College and Columbia High School (2008-09)
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, PA-Women Open Doors (2008-09)
  • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA-Negotiating Cents for Women (2007-08)
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA-Planning for an Economically Secure Future (2006-07)
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-Changing the Campus Culture: A Multimedia Service Campaign to Stop Sexual Harassment (2005-06)