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FACF offering three AAUW scholarships

The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce that three American Association of University Women (AAUW) scholarships, with awards totaling $27,800 for the 2024-25 school year, are now available to women who either reside in the Fort Atkinson School District, are employed in Fort Atkinson, or are a graduate of Fort Atkinson High School. 


These three AAUW scholarships - the Second Chance, the Jane Shaw Knox Undergraduate Scholarship, and the Jane Shaw Knox Graduate scholarships – work to provide financial assistance to women at every level of post-secondary education.


AAUW’s Second Chance Scholarship is offered to women who plan to continue their education at a vocational or technical college, after having been out of the mainstream of education for more than one year.  Preference may be given to women who are in financial need or who have assumed family financial responsibilities. 


AAUW’s Jane Shaw Knox Undergraduate Scholarship is offered to women who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university, have at least 45 credit hours completed, and are planning to enroll for a minimum of six credit hours for consecutive semesters.  Preference will be given to women who have financial need, have family financial responsibilities, and/or who are returning to higher education to pursue a degree after an absence.


The Jane Shaw Knox Graduate Scholarship is offered to women who are pursuing a graduate degree at an accredited college.  Preference may be given to women who are in financial need, assuming family financial responsibilities and/or returning to higher education to pursue a degree.


To apply for these scholarships or to learn more about them, students should visit and follow the links to the scholarship pages.  Here applicants will be guided to ‘Fort Scholarships’ — an online application website that will walk them through the application process.


The deadline for receipt of completed applications for all three AAUW scholarships is April 1, 2024. 


Recipients of the scholarships will be notified of their selection sometime in the late spring of 2024.  The scholarships will be available to pay tuition for the 2024-2025 school year and will be paid directly to the bursar’s office at the school. 


Jane Shaw Knox was a charter and life member of the local AAUW branch.  Following her death in 1987, the Knox family established a memorial fund through the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation for the AAUW Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.  In appreciation of her friendship, leadership, and many contributions to AAUW, the Graduate Scholarship also was named in her honor.


The Fort Atkinson branch of AAUW has served the Fort Atkinson community since its founding in 1957.  Its mission is to advance gender equity through research, education, and advocacy.


For more information about the AAUW scholarships, contact Sue Hartwick, executive director for the Community Foundation, at (920) 563-3210 or via email at



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