The American Association for Women in Community Colleges recently awarded Parkland College student Binh Le with a national scholarship.
Le, a chemical engineering major, was presented with the association’s $500 Region V scholarship on Monday. Parkland employees Lori Wendt, Myriah Fillenwarth, and Beth Chepan presented Le with the award. Wendt, an instructor and online support specialist, currently serves as AAWCC’s Region V director; Fillenwarth, an academic advisor, is president of Parkland’s AAWCC chapter. Chepan, membership coordinator for the Parkland chapter and Le’s sponsor for the national scholarship, serves as an admissions advisor.
The association presents one $500 scholarship to each of its 10 regions annually. Region V encompasses Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. To apply for the award, students write a personal essay about their contributions and impact on women’s issues in their community or college, as well as what they will do to improve college women’s experiences through their participation in AAWCC. In addition, students are judged on GPA, financial need, employment, and extracurricular activities.
Le is also the Parkland chapter’s scholarship recipient for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The American Association for Women in Community Colleges, organized in 1973, is an affiliate council of the American Association for Community Colleges (AACC). The organizations seeks to change women’s lives through education, service, and leadership development. It offers leadership training, activities, and mentor programs for women who want to advance their education or careers in AAWCC member colleges.
[Image: Pictured, l. to r.: Myriah Fillenwarth, Binh Le (2014 AAWCC Region V Scholarship winner), Lori Wendt, and Beth Chepan.]