Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc.

AAUW advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. (the “Foundation”), a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2001, and its founding organization, the AAUW Greater Naples Branch, are affiliates of AAUW. The Foundation supports programs of the AAUW Greater Naples Branch which promote equity, education, and development of opportunities for local women and girls that enable them to realize their full potential. 

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 donations for the STEAM Conference for 5th-grade Girls from Arthrex (lead donor), The Brenda & Dewey Tate Fund of the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida, Anonymous Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Trader Joe’s of Naples, Florida and Champions For Learning. 

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors: 

President: Laura A. Candris, J.D
Secretary: Bonnie Butcheri
reasurer: Susan S. Coman
Director for Scholarships: Jeannine Stetson Hagedorn
Director for Funds: Jacquelyn Pierce
Janet Ankiel, Litt.D
Judith A. MacGregor, Ph.D.
Linda Acheson Pool, J.D.
Catherine E. Hackney, Ph.D.
Emeritus Director: Vi Steffan

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 visiting  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.

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is an affiliate of AAUW, 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.

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AAUW – FAQs about the Foundation



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

Applications become available on the Local Scholarship page of this website in February for awards made 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:
    o Be at least 21 years old;
    o 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;
    o Demonstrate a satisfactory academic record with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
    o Demonstrate a need for financial assistance; and
    o 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.  In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for all scholarship funds, described above, each applicant must:
    o Be a graduating high school senior or an older student;
    o Be currently accepted to or enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university;
    o Be pursuing or intending to obtain a Bachelors’ or Masters’ degree in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines;
    o Have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; and
    o 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 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

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.

AAUW Greater Naples Branch STEAM Girls Count Conference Planned for Feb. 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 AAUW Greater 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.

STEAM Questions and Answers

How are the girls assigned to sessions?
There are multiple girls’ sessions that introduce careers in science, technology, engineering, art, 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 their 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 pm.

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:

From girls:

  • “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 STEAM women from our community inspired me by teaching me that I can be or do anything with my life.”

From adults:

  • “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!