Ruth Houston Undergraduate Scholarship

Now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 scholarship award!

To apply, complete the following checklist of tasks.

  • Complete the online scholarship application form.

  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words describing:

    • Your academic and professional goals and the way the scholarship will contribute to your success;

    • Your financial need; and

    • How your goals relate to AAUW’s goal of advancing equity for women and girls. 

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.

  • Two  letters of reference from referees acquainted with applicant's academic or professional work.

  • Send transcripts and letters of reference to Dr. Mary Hoffschwelle at mary.hoffschwelle@mtsu.edu or MTSU CAB 110, 1301 E. Main St. Murfreesboro, TN 37132.

  • All application materials are due by Friday, July 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

  • Applicants will be notified by July 15, 2022.

Please email Dr. Hoffschwelle at mary.hoffschwelle@mtsu.edu or call 615-898-5806 with any questions about the application process.

Good luck, scholars!

AAUW Murfreesboro, in partnership with the Middle Tennessee Fund for Women and Girls, will award a $1,000 scholarship each semester — Fall and Spring — to a nontraditional female undergraduate student, age 24 or older, who best demonstrates academic promise and financial need.

 

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have successfully completed their freshman year at MTSU or be transfer students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 hours and are currently enrolled full-time at MTSU. International students, U.S. citizens, and Permanent Residents may apply. Award recipients may renew the scholarship each semester as long as full-time status and a 2.5 GPA are maintained.

Scholarship designations are New Scholarships and Renewed Scholarships. Upon request, scholarship awards are renewed for recipients in good academic standing and who show that they are making good progress towards graduation. When scholarships are renewed, new scholarships for first time recipients are not offered.

With the burden on my dad to pay my tuition, which was 2-3 times the tuition of in-state students, I didn’t want the cost of my other needs as a college senior to burden him further. [AAUW's Ruth Houston scholarship] enabled me to avoid that. ... Furthermore, the publishing of this achievement in the Daily News Journal was the cherry on top, and it made me extremely happy to see my parents so proud. As they said, sending me so far away and paying so much for my education seemed to be paying off! 

Kanwal Quershi

2014 Ruth Houston Scholar

 

Past Recipients

Clelie Cottle Peacock

CLELIE COTTLE PEACOCK

Anthropology Major

2017-2018

Bethany Jackson

BETHANY JACKSON

Education Major

2015-2017

Kanwal Qureshi

KANWAL QURESHI

Nutrition/Food Science Major

2014-2015

Rita Jane Jones

RITA JANE JONES

2012-2014

Ginny Lucas

GINNY LUCAS

2011-2012

Kamryn Warren

KAMRYN WARREN

2009-2011

Tara Nevill

TARA NEVILL

2008-2009

Rose Carter

ROSE CARTER

2007-2008