The Virginia Palmer Memorial Scholarship is named after Virginia Palmer, a beloved AAUW-Tucson member, now deceased. Virginia, or “Ginny,” was an extraordinary woman, who showed us the importance of genuine commitment to the causes we believe in. She mentored us to serve others as passionately as she did, especially in developing educational and economic opportunities for women and girls. Ginny represented in the truest way the spirit of AAUW.
The goal of the Virginia Palmer Memorial Scholarship (VPMS) is to support women who are transitioning back into education to fulfill personal and career goals. The Virginia Palmer Memorial Scholarship provides three recipients per year with $500 a semester towards tuition, books and fees.
The Virginia Palmer Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Pima Community College students who have demonstrated the will to balance their personal and work lives with continuous academic effort and success. AAUW works directly with Pima Community College in their selection. We thank – Michael Finkelstein, Executive Director, Pima Community College, and Margie Torres who manages all aspects of the scholarship program as the Scholarship Coordinator. Margie, especially, has been invaluable since we began the scholarship in 2010.
Each year, AAUW-Tucson has a fundraising High Tea in the Spring for VPMS, offering scones and tea to attendees.
Our gratitude to Nancy Woodling, who established the Virginia Palmer Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.
2015 VPMS scholarship recipients included Rachel Gahan, Monica Lujan, and Michelle Walker.