Education and Scholarships

Our current education program includes:


We raised $7,100 for eight scholarship recipients in 2019.

  • Two scholarships (one $2,000 and one $1,000) for women transferring from Howard Community College (HCC) to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.  
  • Four scholarships ($750 each) for women continuing their classes at HCC
  • Two scholarships ($550 each) for young women to attend AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL.) This three-day conference is held annually at the University of Maryland College Park in late Spring where women from all over the United States attend skill-building workshops, hear motivational speakers and network with other student leaders.

Front row from left: Eileen Diggs (HCC staff), Yeojeong Kim (scholarship recipient), Philly Peterson (scholarship recipient), Alexis Sanchez (NCCWSL), Shantavia Hart-Green (NCCWSL), Tsega Amhatsiom (scholarship recipient).
Back row: Petrina Miller (scholarship recipient), Maureen Marshall, (HCC staff).

StartSmart is a two-hour class to help women negotiate the best possible starting salary and benefit package after they graduate. It includes assessing their own strengths, researching potential jobs and businesses, and developing negotiation strategies. In November 2018, we held a StartSmart class at HCC in Columbia, Maryland. This class is part of AAUW’s strategy to reach its goal of closing the gender pay gap by 2030.

WorkSmart, similar to StartSmart, is for women who want to advance their career or change their job to another field.  This program helps women identify transferrable skills, develop self-promoting language and determine their market value.  The WorkSmart workshop is available online at

Hammond High School DIAMONDS Scholars, in Columbia, Maryland, is a student group that focuses on the personal development of minority girls and promotes academic achievement with the goal of earning acceptance to college, especially for a STEM field major.

This year we supported a bus trip for the students to 

The Girl Power Career Fair aims to interest girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. It was held March 10 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. This year our branch staffed a booth featuring scientist conversations, information, and demonstrations centered around the topic “Star Struck: Women in Astronomy and Space”.  Over 800 young students along with their parents brought attendance to a total of 1,200 people.

Howard Community College hosts a STEM fair on campus in June where students K-12 participate in classes and activities aimed at stimulating enthusiasm for STEM topics.