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Dutchess Community College Scholarships

Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.

A non-profit organization 501(C)(3)

Lula Allen or 284-2331, Development Vice President


2019 DCC Scholarship Recipients

On May 15th, two AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch scholarships were awarded to two young women who are graduating and continuing their education at 4-year schools.  Diane Jablonski and Jackie Goffe McNish presented the scholarships to Imani Somers (left) and Samarra Graiser (right).  Imani will be attending SUNY New Paltz, majoring in communications.  Samarra Graiser will be attending SUNY Binghamton, majoring in physics.  Your donations to the scholarship fund and the Writer's Tea & Benefit Auction support these scholarships that we give annually.  

The event was most interesting and we were struck by the diversity - both culturally and in chosen field of study - of the recipients of our scholarships, as well as other recipients we met at the luncheon.


2018 DCC Scholarship Recipients

Left to right:  Oluwaseum Badjo, Sahomi Cuba, Jacey Collins, Jacqueline Goffe-McNish, DCC student, Maria DeWald and Jocelynn Banfield.

Poughkeepsie AAUW funded two $600 DCC Scholarships for graduating students. The recipients were Oluwaseum Badjo who will be attending SUNY Albany to study psychology and Sahomi Cuba, who will be attending SUNY Binghamton.  Oluwaseum is from Africa and she and Sahomi were both Liberal Arts majors and both had GPA’s higher than 3.0.

The Trudy Hankinson Briggs AAUW Scholarship for a continuing DCC student was also awarded to Jacey Collins. Trudy Briggs was a former president of Poughkeepsie AAUW and this scholarship was set up decades ago by her spouse. Imagine how many students have been helped by this generous endowment.

Jocelynn Banfield, Development VP, and Maria DeWald, President, attended the DCC Awards Convocation to meet the students and participate in the award presentations.


2017 DCC Scholarship Recipients

L to R Front: Linda Roberts, Linda & Klaus Beyer, Stacie Woodard, Noah Fields.  
Back: Kristina Daniels, Marie DeWald, and Amanda Booth.


The Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW awards two scholarships for students graduating from Dutchess Community College planning on continuing their studies at a four-year institution.  We have established an AAUW endowed scholarship at Dutchess Community College which insures the continuation of a DCC Scholarship in perpetuity.  We also fund an additional scholarship, each one for $600.  The recipients this year were Kristin Daniels who will attend SUNY Purchase where she will study business and Amanda Booth who will study education at SUNY New Paltz.

The scholarships were awarded in May, 2017 at a Convocation and luncheon held at Dutchess.  Maria DeWald and Linda Roberts attended the event this year and presented the  awards and spend some time with the recipients at the luncheon. 

Other Scholarships awarded that have connections to AAUW were:

The Trudy Hankinson Briggs AAUW Scholarship which is awarded each year and the recipient this year was Noah Fields.  Noah is a continuing student at DCC.  Trudy was president of Poughkeepsie AAUW, 1967-69, and an administrator in the Wappingers School District.  The scholarship was established by her family and has been awarded for many years.

The Wilda Dible Hunt Memorial Scholarship, was awarded this year in honor of AAUW member Linda Beyer’s mother.  The recipient was Stacie Woodard, a continuing DCC student and a mother of 2 children.

Stacie has worked and paid taxes since age 16 and has had a job for the last 12 years working with the developmentally disabled.  She is a single mother and receives no financial help from her family.  She has had years of financial hardship with difficulty paying for basic food and clothing for her children.

Stacie eventually realized that she needed to make changes in her life.  She decided to enroll in Dutchess CC full time despite already having trouble balancing home and work life.

Today, at age 31, Stacie is in her 4th semester at DCC with a GPA of 3.57!  She is a newly inducted member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has a new-found confidence in herself.  She still struggles to pay bills and to meet basic financial obligations but knows that soon she will have more opportunities.                       

Linda Beyer wrote “Stacie is most deserving of the scholarship in my mother's name.  Mom would be delighted to know that she has inspired help for a young mother to finish her education and to find her way.”


2016 DCC Scholarship Recipients

By Barbara Van Itallie

The Poughkeepsie Branch annually presents scholarships to two graduating non-traditional Dutchess Community College students to use to further their education at a four year institution.  The two 2016 recipients are Sarah Green and Sekaya Newsome.

Sarah is from Kent Connecticut and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School class of 2009. Her major at DCC was Human Services.  She will be attending Oregon State University Student, as a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies student. She explains, “I took a history class over the summer and my professor asked if anyone in the class was a feminist. Surprisingly nobody raised their hand, including myself. For the rest of the semester we discussed what it means to be a feminist. This sparked an interest for me to study women's history.”  Her long term career goal is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working to empower others. She says, “I am immensely grateful for this scholarship; it will help defer the cost of textbooks.”

Sekaya is from Beacon, New York and was home schooled through high school.  Her first time being a public school system was her freshman year at DCC. She majored in Liberal Arts in Sciences with a concentration in biological sciences. She will attend Binghamton University to pursue a bachelors in Integrative Biological Sciences. Her career goal is to become a pediatric oncologist and also hopes to go on to become an advocate for young girls thinking of going into STEM and human services based careers.  She says that Dutchess Community College has matured her in many ways.  Sekaya writes, “Receiving this scholarship is an achievement in itself. It is the first scholarship that I have received, and the significance of the scholarship is huge. When I received the scholarship, I felt that I had finally earned my certificate as an educated woman to be a positive role model to my younger sisters, and younger girls who need to know that the world is their oyster.  Thank you so much for the scholarship, this really does mean a lot to me.”

The Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW was involved in the initial efforts to create a community college in Dutchess County which resulted in the establishment of Dutchess Community College.

Two $600 Scholarships Awarded Annually

Traditionally the Poughkeepsie Branch has awarded two $600 scholarships to non-traditional women students graduating from DCC and continuing their education at a four year institution.

One of these scholarships is covered by an endowment fund formed in 2011.  You can see the details for this endowment below.  The Poughkeepsie Branch will continue to award a second $600 scholarship through our annual fund raising efforts and personal contributions.  If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, please click on the button below:

Endowment Fund

The Branch has established an endowment fund to ensure at least one Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW scholarship will be awarded annually by DCC in perpetuity.

As of May 2011, an initial scholarship has been assured.  DCC will grant an annual $500 scholarship from the interest on the endowment, and, if necessary, make up the difference from its own non-restricted fund raising efforts.  Due to the current economic climate, Dutchess County Community College has made the decision not to raise current tuition.  Their current enrollment has grown to over 10,000 students and many of these students will continue their educations elsewhere and be in need of tuition assistance. 

In November 2011, the endowment was increased to $12,000 so that a $600 scholarship will be awarded annually from the endowment.

Trish Prunty, Geeta Desai, Barbara VanItallie,
Mary Lou Davis with DCC President D. David Conklin.




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