The American Association of University Women/Portsmouth presented their annual SSU scholarship of $1000 to McKenna Hrusch of Canal Winchester, a junior at Shawnee State University. Hrusch is a full time student working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a minor in psychology and sociology. Her goal is to become a labor and delivery nurse. Hrusch is a 2015 graduate of Canal Winchester High School in central Ohio. In addition to her full-time academic schedule she works in the Academic Events Office on campus and as a State Tested Nursing Assistant at Heartland of Portsmouth. Hrusch remarked that Brenda Hale, an instructor in the BSN Program at Shawnee State University, has been an inspiration to her. Hrusch commented that Hale’s bid to, “Go forth and do good,” at the end of every class has become her mantra which she has adopted into her daily life and hopes to continue into her practice of medicine.
The Portsmouth branch of AAUW has a long history in the Portsmouth community. The non-profit organization received its charter in 1948. It has been supporting local women and girls academically and professionally with lifelong learning opportunities for nearly 70 years. AAUW/Portsmouth has funded scholarships through its annual book sale and funding from SOMC (Southern Ohio Medical Center), providing tuition assistance to women enrolled at Shawnee State University and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camps at Denison University for middle-school girls.
Recently, the local branch was recognized in three separate areas by the Ohio AAUW.
The Portsmouth branch of the American Association of University Women received the STARZ Award for its work in fulfilling its mission of advancement for women and girls through its various projects.
Another award that the local non-profit group recently earned is the Excellence in Programming Award. AAUW/Portsmouth strives to locate speakers and topics relevant to today’s community interests and needs while also highlighting speakers who have made significant contributions to worldwide affairs.
The local organization also received the Philanthropy Award once again for its recurring charitable contributions to women and girls. AAUW/Portsmouth has received this award several years in a row in recognition of its many years of benevolent commitment to the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund. The award is named for former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt whom historians consistently rank as the most influential First Lady of the 20th century. Eleanor not only made an impact on 20th century women in the United States, but all over the world. Her contributions are highlighted in an exhibit at the National Women’s History Museum at the National Mall in Washington DC.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund awards financial help to individuals, projects, organizations, or institutions that promote the education and equality of women and girls. Although the award focuses on education, the awardee need not be an educator. The award has funded legal and legislative work as well as research and education. A former local teacher and the Southern Ohio Museum have both been awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund in the past.
AAUW/Portsmouth meets the third Thursday of each month from September through May. For questions about the organization or to become a member contact Donna at 740.354.2909, send an email to [email protected] or check out the national AAUW website at aauw.org.