January 11, 2017 – For women interested in going back to school to earn a degree or certificate, the American Association of University Women—Nevada County Branch (AAUW-NC) is offering a re-entry grant in 2017. The grant is aimed at providing assistance to a woman who needs financial help to return to school.

To qualify for consideration, an applicant should be a woman residing in western Nevada County; be interested in working toward a specific post-high school certificate or degree; demonstrate a financial need; and have had her education interrupted for at least a year.

The amount of the AAUW-NC Re-Entry Grant is $500 to $1000. Applications are online at http://nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net Completed applications must be submitted before April 1.

“Our core mission is to achieve equity for women, and education is the key,” says Deborah Cubberley, Coordinator for AAUW-NC Local Scholarships. “Women frequently take time off from their education to raise a family, to address health concerns, or due to economic circumstances. We would like to help these women get back on track.”

Since 1946, AAUW-NC has awarded some 164 college scholarships to Nevada County women.  In addition to the re-entry grant, the branch currently offers five other scholarships. Four scholarships go to high school seniors and one goes to a Sierra College graduate – all with plans to attend a four-year college. More information about these scholarships is available by contacting local high school or Sierra College counselors.

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information: nevadacounty-ca.aauw.net or call 530-470-9395.