Local Scholarships

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. administers several scholarship funds that award tuition assistance to women who meet the eligibility criteria described below, as determined by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

Applications become available on this page in February for awards made in April.

Women awarded scholarships are invited to attend, as our guests, the scholarship awards luncheon held on the second Saturday in April.

Eligibility Criteria for All Scholarship Funds.  The following criteria apply to all scholarship funds administered by the Foundation.  Each applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Collier County or southern Lee County, Florida;
  • Participate in an interview with the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee;
  • Provide a minimum of two acceptable letters of recommendation; and
  • Submit a completed application and the required references and essay by the specified deadline.

Previous applicants and awardees may re-apply for all scholarship funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria for Specific Scholarship Funds.  The following additional criteria apply to the specific scholarship funds administered by the Foundation:

  1. Local Scholarship Fund. Scholarships normally are awarded annually from the Local Scholarship Fund.  In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for all scholarship funds, described above, each applicant must:
  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Be currently accepted to or enrolled in a program of study at an accredited college or university, and pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelors’, or Masters’ degree;
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory academic record with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance; and
  • Submit an essay addressing why she has decided to pursue a career in her chosen field, which essay may be shared with donors.

 

  1. The Blanche and John Rebar Scholarship Fund. The Blanche and John Rebar Scholarship Fund honors the memory of Blanche Rebar, a longtime and dedicated member of AAUW and of the AAUW Greater Naples Branch, and John Rebar, her husband, who supported her and AAUW’s mission of promoting equity for women and girls. The Blanche and John Rebar Scholarship Fund awards scholarships in odd-numbered years.  Please read more about Blanche Rebar and her many contributions to AAUW below.  In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for all scholarship funds, described above, each applicant must:
  • Be a graduating high school senior or an older student;
  • Be currently accepted to or enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university;
  • Be pursuing or intending to obtain a Bachelors’ or Masters’ degree in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines;
  • Have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; and
  • Submit an essay addressing why she has decided to pursue a career in her chosen STEM field, which essay may be shared with the Fund’s founding donors and other donors.

 

  1. The Laura A. Candris Scholarship Fund. The Laura A. Candris Scholarship Fund was established by Aris S. Candris to honor his wife, a dedicated member of AAUW and of the AAUW Greater Naples Branch.  The Laura A. Candris Scholarship Fund awards scholarships in even-numbered years. Each applicant must meet all of the eligibility criteria applicable to The Blanche and John Rebar Scholarship Fund, described above.

 

For additional information about scholarships, you may contact the Chair of the Scholarship Committee Jeannine Stetson Hagedorn at 239-961-3481 or jeannine07@gmail.com.

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. raises funds for scholarships by various means, including individual donations. If you are interested in supporting this effort, contributions may be made by clicking the “Donate Now” button or by check made payable to “Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc.” designated for the scholarship fund of your choice, and mailed to the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc., PO Box 9742, Naples, FL 34101. Donations designated for scholarships with no other designation will go into the Local Scholarship Fund.

 

Blanche Rebar’s Lasting Legacy

by Sharon Perrino

The AAUW Greater Naples Branch lost a valued member in July of 2017 when Blanche Rebar passed away at the age of 94.  An immigrant from Czechoslovakia pre-WWII, Blanche followed her American dream.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Bacteriology from Loyola University. She met and married John Rebar, Jr. in Chicago, raised two sons, Robert and Alan, and taught Medical Technology.

Throughout her life, Blanche was committed to the advancement of women through education, a founding goal of AAUW.  She championed a woman’s right to choose and picketed for that right.  She encouraged young women to pursue an education in the sciences—like the Branch’s STEM Girls Count program does today.

Blanche was a model of lifelong learning and commitment to education.  She was a skilled linguist, having mastered seven languages.  Even in retirement, she enjoyed teaching English as a second language and learning.  Her son Alan commented “Around the time my mother was retiring from teaching medical technology, she became acquainted with a young blind child.  One of the challenges the child faced was a shortage of textbooks in Braille.  My mother’s response was absolutely typical–she learned to type Braille and proceeded to translate textbooks into Braille that would carry the child through high school.”

Blanche exemplified the principles of AAUW, and John supported Blanche’s endeavors and AAUW’s mission of promoting equity for women and girls.  To honor them, their sons and daughters-in-law, Robert W. Rebar, MD, Margo S. Rebar, Alan H. Rebar, DVM, PhD, and Susan A. McLaughlin, DVM, have established The Blanche and John Rebar Scholarship Fund of the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc., an endowed fund to provide scholarships for local women pursuing, or intending to obtain, a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and who otherwise meet the criteria for such scholarships as determined by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.  The generosity of the Rebar family will allow Blanche Rebar’s commitment to education to continue for years to come.

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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.

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 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 visiting https://csapp.800helpfla.com/CSPublicApp/CheckACharity/CheckACharity.aspx.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you have questions, please consult your tax advisor.