The Champaign Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a woman returning to school during the 2015-16 academic year. The winner is Tory Kalb, a Graham High School graduate pursuing a nursing degree at The Ohio State University.
Kalb quotes Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
“I know that my first day of nursing school was the day I found out my purpose in life,” Kalb said. “I hope that I will have thousands of opportunities to benefit people in the moments when it matters the very most, whether these moments are filled with joy or sadness.”
This award may be used for expenses related to her course of study. To be eligible for an award, a woman must either live, work or go to school in Champaign County and be out of high school at least three years before applying.
Since 1992, the Champaign County AAUW branch has awarded more than $20,000 to help 37 local women complete their degrees at area colleges and universities including Clark State, Ohio State, Rhodes State, University of Dayton, Urbana University and Wright State. The Champaign branch has requested to deactivate, but local members can retain state and national AAUW affiliation.
AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.