Invest in a Student’s Future: Give to Scholarships

As our nation continues to struggle to come out of the economic recession, it has become increasingly difficult for many deserving students to afford higher education.   AUNE is proactive in seeking to create new award opportunities while continuing to strengthen existing scholarship funds.   Donors may make gifts to support a specific fund or award, create a new Named Scholarship, or endow a new or existing scholarship to benefit future generations of AUNE students.   The list below includes existing designated scholarship funds.

A Student’s Gratitude

The scholarships that enabled me to attend AUNE were transformative. I was a mother raising three children alone, and an educator feeling called to serve the world yet stuck at the time in a low-paying job, without the means to get un-stuck. My situation was one of crisis that had not yet presented as an opportunity.

Receiving the President’s Merit Scholarship was my sign that it was time to jump off, jump in. I was unsure what new path had opened before me, but I knew it was the right one. When I received the Book Award, I knew to keep going. And when I received the Ginsberg-Wessels Award for Leadership, my call to serve the world as an environmental educator was strengthened and renewed.

I am working now as a Sustainability Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University, a Collaborative Leader for the NH Children in Nature Coalition, and a mother co-building community. Every day I am fueled by that spirit of service embodied by the people I’ve been so lucky to know at Antioch and continue to meet in my work. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities my Antioch scholarship opened, and committed to the path.  -; Jess Gerrior, ES ’11

Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability Scholarship
This scholarship supports Environmental Studies students with financial need who are enrolled in the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability concentration.

Cap and Gown Book Scholarship
A committee of students who graduated in 2003 established this ingenious scholarship to assist students who are single parents and have financial need with the purchase of books for their courses.  Each subsequent graduating class has continued to contribute to the fund by participating in the reuse of commencement attire.

The Colby Smith Scholarship
The Colby Smith Scholarship provides an annual award of $5000 (maximum) to one continuing Clinical Psychology student who demonstrates commitment and character. The scholarship acknowledges the student’s aspirations and dreams and any extraordinary circumstances that brought the student to AUNE.  The application includes an essay, to be reviewed by a committee. The application process is overseen by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship will be awarded in subsequent years if funds are available.

Donald D. Davis Scholarship for Social Responsibility
This scholarship honors Don Davis, a longtime friend of AUNE, former board of visitors member, and philanthropist, who spent his life giving back to the communities he cared about.  It is awarded annually to students with financial need who are involved in service to the community.  Preference goes to a student carrying out that service in Keene.

One thing I learned in the delta is that rural communities desperately need the best that modern mental health care can provide. I plan to take the training I receive from AUNE and return to a rural community like Helena, Arkansas and set up shop. — Jacob Austin, PsyD, scholarship recipient

Howard M. and Sondra D. Bender Scholarship
Created in 1981 to honor a Dance/Movement Therapy graduate, this scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding DMT students who have financial need and show promise for making a significant contribution to the field.

Jonathan Daniels Scholarship
Building on Antioch’s history of commitment to social justice and diversity, AUNE established the Jonathan Daniels Scholarship to increase the diversity of the student body in its racial, ethnic, cultural, international, and socio-economic make-up, and encourage service to underserved groups.

Life Begins at 40 Scholarship for Women
Established by a generous AUNE alumna to financially support female students over the age of 40 who have made the decision to continue their education, this scholarship is awarded annually to one new student and one continuing student with financial need.

Norman Wilson Scholarship
Named for the first director of AUNE, this endowed scholarship is awarded annually to one student with financial need who has self-identified as African, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander or an international student of color.  As director of the Antioch-Putney Center from 1968 to 1972, Norman Wilson was strongly committed to increasing the diversity of our student body.

“To be surrounded by people who really do want to change the world is inspiring. People from many backgrounds are in my program and this adds immensely to the richness of my education. It is my goal to teach in an urban school where I can implement innovative, experiential, hands-on science curricula. — Kaitlin Takayanagi, ES ’08, scholarship recipient

President’s Merit Scholarship
The AUNE President’s Merit Scholarship was instituted by President David Caruso in 2007, providing twenty scholarships each year to recruit top new students seeking a master’s degree.  Awards are based on prior academic performance and work/life experience.

The Seed Scholarship in Tropical Conservation
The Department of Environmental Studies is the home of the Center for Tropical Ecology Conservation (CTEC), which supports and promotes conservation, education, and research in tropical biology and sustainable use of tropical ecosystems.  The Seed scholarship provides students with money for research and field work in tropical studies.

William R. Ginsberg and Thomas K. Wessels Scholarship
Created in 2008 by the estate of William R. Ginsberg and a generous gift from Environmental Studies department core faculty member Tom Wessels, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student who displays academic excellence and leadership.

Waldorf Teacher Education Scholarship
AUNE’s Waldorf Teacher Education programs are the only accredited Waldorf master’s programs in the country.  This award is made annually to students who show financial need and the promise of making significant contributions to the field of Waldorf education.

The most essential thing I have learned as an education student at AUNE is that the best teaching occurs when teachers care about their students. At AUNE my professors believe in me, support me, and push me forward in a way that allows me to achieve my full potential.  This is what I aspire to bring to my future students. — Erika Meers, ED ’08, scholarship recipient