AAUW – Gaylord Area Branch

Fall 2018 Continuing Education Award Application Now Available

This education award is available to women who are continuing their schooling after a year or more away from the educational setting OR who have completed one or more years of uninterrupted undergraduate study at the university level and plan to continue. One $750 award will be granted to a qualified recipient.  Applications are to be postmarked no later than August 24, 2018.

For more information and to download an application, visit our Education Awards page.

Johannesburg-Lewiston Graduate Receives AAUW Education Award

Gaylord — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gaylord Area Branch is pleased to announce that RaeAnn Kievit was selected as the recipient of a $750 education award.  This award is given annually to an exceptional young Otsego County woman who plans to continue her education in pursuit of career goals.

RaeAnn was Valedictorian of the graduating class of Johannesburg-Lewiston High School with a 4.0 grade point average.  She will be attending Ferris State University in Fall 2018 to study Welding Engineering, with an added degree in Heavy Equipment.  RaeAnn said that her dream to go into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related field was fueled when she attended AAUW sponsored TechSavvy events, both as a participant and as a volunteer.

Read the full press release.

From the Gaylord Herald Times: Tech Savvy 2018

Photo Courtesy of Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD — Girls from around the state made a beeline for the annual Tech Savvy STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) event for teen girls in Gaylord Saturday.

Carrie Miller, a math teacher from Tahquamenon Area Schools in the Upper Peninsula, said the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Gaylord area branch’s Tech Savvy event gives girls unique opportunities to develop connections with women.

She stressed the importance of the fifth-annual event’s full day of workshops for young girls and said Luce County, where her school is located, has very few examples of women with college degrees.

“What I have seen is some students who may have never considered going to college come here and hear that there’s opportunities for them that they didn’t know,” Miller said. “There’s just not opportunities for them to see professional women in our county … They don’t have a lot of positive female role models.”    Continue Reading

Thank You Downtown Design Center Tile Showroom!

AAUW Gaylord Area Branch members celebrate the $500 grant from the Chris Korona of the Downtown Design Center Tile Showroom.  Members (l. to r.) Brenda Brummel, Jan Kellogg, Maureen Derenzy, Mary Tomaski, Mary Fox, Bonnie Vance and Marty Goodman noted the donation will be used for educational awards and programs for local girls and women.

AAUW Giving Supports Education and Literacy

An annual tradition within the American Association of University Women Gaylord Area Branch will benefit two programs with a mission to advance education. This year, donations collected from personal members as a part of AAUW’s holiday giving program were designated to the Otsego County Library’s 1000 Books before Kindergarten program and the Foster Care program under the Otsego County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

To learn more read the full press release.

Book Sales Fund AAUW Education Awards

Natalie Burzynski

Natalie Burzynski

Ariane Hawkins

Ariane Hawkins








Gaylord – The highest ever sales at this year’s American Association of University Women (AAUW) book sale held in October has made it possible for the group to again provide educational awards to women who plan to continue their education in pursuit of career goals.  AAUW Gaylord Branch recently selected the recipients of the Fall 2017 round of grants.

Natalie Burzynski was awarded $500 to help cover her expenses at Michigan State University where she is taking classes leading to a degree in Packaging.  Natalie has completed an Associate’s Degree from North Central Michigan College, where she volunteered as a Student Ambassador, was Vice President of the Student Senate, and graduated with Distinction.

The $500 award for a woman who is continuing her schooling after a year or more away from the educational setting goes to Ariane Hawkins.  Ariane was a Valedictorian of the Gaylord High School Class of 2002 and is now attending Kirtland Community College with the intention of becoming a nurse.  In her application, Ariane shared that this is a dream she has had since she was a teenager.

AAUW is a nationwide organization that advances equity and education for women and girls.  The Gaylord Area Branch empowers through education awards, educational programs and honoring the achievements of local women.  For more information, visit gaylord-mi.aauw.net or email aauwgaylord@gmail.com.

Gaylord’s Kane awarded AAUW grant

WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women awarded a 2017-18 Career Development Grant to Jessica Kane of Gaylord.

Kane is pursuing an online master’s degree in geographic information systems and web map programming at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

AAUW Career Development Grants help women advance in their careers. These awards were originally created to offer funding to AAUW members who sought to renew or resume academic work for career or employment advancement.

The grants now assist women who are preparing to advance or change their careers or to re-enter the workforce. One past recipient, for example, used the grant to pursue advanced certification in auto mechanics at a community college, where she helped start a club to support women mechanic students. She’s just one of thousands of AAUW awardees who work to empower women and girls.

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Gaylord's Kane awarded AAUW grant

Jessica Kane

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Please Join Us!

If you want to see what we do you can stop by our lunch meetings to check us out. We meet at noon on the second Wednesday of the month at the Gaylord University Center, 80 Livingston Blvd, and feel free to bring a sack lunch. We do not meet in June or July.  If you can’t make it to our lunch meetings, you can still be involved in our mission through our various activities (see the “About Us” page).

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide organization that advances equity and education for women and girls. The Gaylord Area Branch empowers through education awards, educational programs, and honoring the achievements of local women. For more information email aauwgaylord@gmail.com.


AAUW Gaylord Area Branch: Advancing equity and education for women and girls since 5/9/1976.