Originally featured in the September 2017 newsletter
“It was a difficult decision for the committee this year - so many worthy women to choose from,” were Linda Trongone’s words when she contacted UC informing that yet again, another Rutgers student has won! The American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Greater Wayne Area Branch Scholarship is offered to women, at least 25 years of age, pursuing an initial associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. Jennifer Helminski, an SAS student majoring in geography with a minor in religion, was one of two winners for 2017; the second was a student at Ramapo College.
Jennifer shared, “I am incredibly honored to receive this scholarship from AAUW, an organization devoted to supporting girls' and women's education and empowerment. It was a huge personal challenge for me to return to college as an adult after many years of working and struggling without a degree. I worried that I would have to put my life on hold for several more years while I completed my degrees, but the reality is that I have received so much support and so many incredible opportunities for growth and engagement since coming to Rutgers. Being an adult student comes with many different challenges, but investing in ourselves and realizing our potential is absolutely worth the commitment. Years ago, I never would have imagined that I'd be where I am now and I am excited to see where my path continues to take me. I would like to encourage my fellow nontraditional students to never give up on finding fulfillment and attaining their goals. It is never too late to make our dreams reality!”
The AAUW will be making improvements and are in need of additional members to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Visit for more information: http://greaterwaynearea-nj.aauw.net/