The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2001. The Foundation provides scholarships to local women, supports the AAUW Greater Naples Branch STEM Girls Count Conference, and strives to support AAUW National, State, and Branch mission-focused programs at the local level, the AAUW Fund and the Reading is Fun program.
These programs, described below, are made possible by the generous donations of members of the AAUW Greater Naples Branch and other donors, the proceeds of fundraising events and a generous grant from Arthrex, as well as STEM GIrls Count sponsors, Trader Joe’s of Naples and Champions for Learning.
Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors:
President: Laura A. Candris, J.D
Secretary: Judith MacGregor, Ph.D.
Treasurer: Susan Coman
Director for Scholarships: Jeannine Stetson
Director for the AAUW Fund: Vi Steffan
Janet Ankiel, Ph.D
Linda Acheson Pool, J.D.
If you are interested in supporting the Foundation’s programs, contributions may be made by clicking the “Donate Now” button or by check made payable to “Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc,” and mailed to The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc., PO Box 9742, Naples, FL 34101. You may designate a specific fund or program if you wish.
The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is Florida not for profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 59-3704754), regulated by the State of Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services pursuant to the Florida Solicitation of Charitable Contributions Act, Registration No. CH 13573. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA (1-800-435- 7352). or visitinghttps://csapp.800helpfla.com/CSPublicApp/CheckACharity/CheckACharity.aspx. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is an affiliate of AAUW, www.AAUW.org. For more than 130 years, AAUW has worked to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Membership is open to everyone holding an associate degree or equivalent, bachelors or higher degree, and to those pursuing a college degree.
GNB AAUW Projects
Local Scholarship Fund
The Local Scholarship Fund of the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. awards tuition assistance to women who meet the following Eligibility Criteria as determined by the Scholarship Committee:
- Women over 21 who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor’s or Master’s degree;
- Currently accepted or enrolled in a program of study at an accredited college or university;
- Residents of Collier County or southern Lee County;
- Demonstrated need for financial assistance;
- Satisfactory academic record (3.0 average or higher);
- Provide a minimum of two acceptable letters of recommendation;
- Submit an essay addressing why she has decided to pursue a career in her chosen field, which essay may be shared with the Founding Donors or other donors; and
- Participate in an interview with the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee; and
- Application submitted by the specified deadline.
Previous Recipients may apply
Reading is Fun
Reading is Fun is a program that works to build a child’s interest in reading. This program entails a presentation to the children and distribution of books at Collier County Public Schools where a large percentage of each student body is on the subsidized lunch program. Most of the children do not have books in their homes. Books are distributed by AAUW volunteers to children ages pre-K through 5th grade. The program is unique in that the children choose their own book from dozens, if not hundreds, of titles.
2019 AAUW Greater Naples Branch STEM Girls Count Conference Planned for February 9, 2019
The 2018 AAUW Greater Naples Branch STEM Girls Count Conference was held February 10 at Barron Collier High School. Twenty professionals and STEM specialists shared their enthusiasm and expertise with fifth-grade girls from CCPS schools along with their parents and guardians at the 21st AAUWGreater Naples Branch Girls Count STEM conference.
Six speakers presented to the parents: a four-teacher panel – Lenice DeLuca from Pine Ridge MS, Denise Henderson from Lely HS, Melanie Villa from Immokalee MS, and Kelly Wilson from Barron Collier HS. AP Chemistry teacher Michelle Hankey Joyce spoke about the use of the science classroom in Criminal Investigations, and Dr. Robert, Corbin, PhD, the Director-Global STEM Initiatives spoke about Identity in STEM -what do we think about scientists and how we change from “them” to “me.”
Thirteen area professional presented workshops to the girls: Alicia Abbot- engineering, Dr. Jody Alexander – OB/GYN, Dr. Bonny Eads – optometrist, Dr. Meghan Finley – veterinarian, Joanna Fitzgerald – Wildlife Conservancy, Dr. Barbara Fueredi – dentistry, Professor Tracy Lanham – creating computer games, Dr. Denise McNulty – nursing, Joyce Owens – architecture, Shell Redfern – graphic arts, Robin Stephen -structural engineering, Gay Thompson – cement industries, and Dr. Robert Tober – emergency physician.
The Keynote speaker for the 2018 conference was Annisa Karim, an environmentalist and biologist who is currently a manager with the Lee County Parks and Recreation over programs and conservation lands. She has been involved with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and other conservation efforts in Collier and Lee County since 1998.
STEM Questions and Answers
How are the girls assigned to sessions?
There are multiple girl sessions that introduce careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls indicate choices on their registration forms. Groups are formed to include at least one of those “first choices.”
Must a parent, guardian, or other adult attend the conference with the girls?
Yes, each girl must have a parent, guardian or other adult attend. We encourage dialogue between the girls and adults following the conference, and those discussions are much richer when the adults have attended.
What will the parents/guardians do while girls are in their sessions?
The adults attend the opening session in the auditorium, then three sessions designed to help parents/guardians support girls as they move through middle and high school years. They will also enjoy the keynote speaker.
What should the girls bring to the conference?
Girls should bring their curiosity, their ideas and their questions to share with new friends. It’s also a good idea to bring a sweater! All other materials are provided.
Are teachers invited to attend the conference?
Teachers are invited at no cost to attend the Conference and may register by submitting their names on theri students’ registration forms.
What are the times?
The sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the opening session beginning at 8:50. The conference closes at 12:30-1:00.
What feedback have you received about the conference?
During the day, girls are asked to comment on the sessions they attend. At the end of the day, girls and adults are asked to complete a feedback form that is used to assess and design upcoming Conferences. The input is truly appreciated and utilized. Some comments from the past include:
- “I am going to share everything I learned today with my friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me come!”
- “The programs were fun, cute, educational, gross, and enjoyable!”
- “Working with STEM women from our community inspired me by teaching me that I can be or do anything with my life.”
- “The resources that were shared are very helpful. I now know there are lots of opportunities for my daughter that I wasn’t aware of before.”
- “I got a bit more insight into the mind of the adolescent girl. Thanks for the helpful tips. I know my daughter CAN reach for the moon!”
We look forward to welcoming 100+ more girls and their parents/guardians this February!