In support of AAUW’s national mission of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women, the Orlando/Winter Park Branch of AAUW provides educational scholarships to women. Funding for scholarships comes from branch fund-raising activities, individual contributions of its members and a generous bequest from Ruth Riales. Although not college-educated, Ruth Riales valued education for women. In 2008, her donation created a legacy to help women achieve their educational goals. Scholarships are awarded annually to qualified applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program at a regionally accredited college/university and working on a bachelor or an advanced degree. Preference is given to women who are pursuing a degree or career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field.

If you would like to apply, please click here for the application.
Please send your completed scholarship application to Karen Buchan, Scholarship Chair at

Scholarship recipients for 2019

(Introduced by Scholarship Chair Karen Buchan)

(Left)  Mallory Bliss is a Junior at Rollins College majoring in Biochemistry and plans to attend medical school.
(Right)  Lynn Valere is pursuing a Biomedical Science degree at UCF.  She hopes to attend medical school specializing in dermatology.  Lynn is the current President of the UCF Chapter of AAUW.

Laney Payne (not shown) attends the local branch of Troy University working towards a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


President Christine Mouton (2nd row right) poses with five of the six scholarship recipients for 2018.