AAUW State College Awards & Recipients

Member Making a Difference

This award honors a member who made a big difference in something important to AAUW State College within the past year. The recipient exemplifies the spirit of AAUW and need not be a branch officer or committee chair.

Outstanding Woman

The Outstanding Woman Award recipient is an AAUW State College member who has given meritorious service to the branch and to the community over multiple years.

Centre County Council for Human Services Volunteer of the Year

The CCCHS Volunteer of the Year is recognized along with representatives from other CCCHS organizations at the annual CCCHS dinner in April.

Gateway to Equity Award

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group, or organization that by action and philosophy has promoted AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research.

Special Honoree

A Special Honoree is a long-standing member whom AAUW-PA nominates for special recognition for AAUW-PA.

Member Making a Difference

This award honors a member who made a big difference in something important to AAUW State College within the past year. The recipient exemplifies the spirit of AAUW and need not be a branch officer or committee chair.

Gateway to Equity Award

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group, or organization that by action and philosophy has promoted AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research. The nominator should know the individual, group, or organization and be able to identify several ways in which the award criteria have been met.

Outstanding Woman

The Outstanding Woman Award recipient is an AAUW State College member who has given meritorious service to the branch and to the community over multiple years.

Special Honoree

A Special Honoree is a long-standing member whom AAUW State College nominates for special recognition by AAUW-PA.

Gateway to Equity Award

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group, or organization that by action and philosophy has promoted AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, or research. The nominator should know the individual, group, or organization and be able to identify several ways in which the award criteria have been met.

Emerging Star

The Emerging Star Award (discontinued in 2012) recognized a new member who made significant contributions to AAUW State College.

2011 – Stacie Chandler
2010 – Candace Davison
2009 – Joanne Bennett
2008 – Sherry Crassweller
2007 – Alex Broyles and Harriet Feinstein

2006 – (no nominee)
2005 – Donna Holoviak
2004 – Nancy Weinreb
2003 – Jayne Cawthern
2002 – Barbara Haring

2001 – Beth Christopoulos
2000 – Dianne Taylor Gregg
1999 – Michelle Dzyak
1998 – Louise Malarkey

Branch Awards

Pennsylvania Awards

AAUW State College has received the following awards from AAUW-PA in 2019-2020:

  • AAUW Pennsylvania Public Policy Award for Notable Advocacy Efforts
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award in Recognition of Total Giving
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award in Recognition of Per Capita Giving
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award for Top Branch in Economic Security Initiatives
  • AAUW Pennsylvania Achievement Award for Top Branch in Governance and Sustainability Initiatives
  • AAUW-Pennsylvania Award for Top Branch in Giving to the Legal Advocacy Fund

Centre Region Awards

In appreciation of our continued leadership supporting literacy for women, the Mid-State Literacy Council Board of Directors voted in February 2020 to award AAUW State College with The Ruth C. Kistler Service Award, the highest award honoring the contributions to literacy in our community. Ruth Kistler founded the Mid-State Literacy Council in 1971 to bring literacy in all forms to adults in Centre and Clearfield Counties. 

National Awards

AAUW State College has received Five-Star Recognition from AAUW national for outstanding work in Public Policy and Research; Communications and External Relations; Programs; Advancement; and Governance and Sustainability. AAUW State College is one of a select few nationwide to have received this designation.