New AAUW scholarship available to UM students

Published 3:10 pm Friday, February 3, 2012


The Montevallo Branch of American Association of University Women has initiated a new AAUW Hallie Farmer Legacy Scholarship at the University of Montevallo. The scholarship was established to help promote the vision and principles of AAUW and to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Hallie Farmer.

The scholarship was made possible through a gift from founding donor Dr. Ethel E. Rasmusson, a retired history professor, an AAUW member and a friend and colleague of Farmer. Farmer was an outstanding Alabama College professor, a reformer and an advocate for human rights and a nationally known AAUW leader.


The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a deserving rising junior or senior female student at the University of Montevallo planning to study social sciences with an emphasis on human rights, and/or public and human services.

Beginning in 2013, the scholarship will be awarded annually. It is hoped that the fund will eventually grow to the $50,000 level so that two awards might be offered each year.

For more than 130 years, AAUW has advanced equity for women and girls through advocacy, lifelong education, philanthropy and research, and positive societal change. AAUW is now a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors with 1,000 branches. The University of Montevallo is among the 500 college/university Institution partners of AAUW.

Membership is open to anyone with a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university as well as to those with an affiliate or equivalent degree. Student affiliate memberships for undergraduates are also available. For more information, contact Sandra Lott at 665-2127 or or Mary Jo Buff at 665-6289 or

Donations for the scholarship may be sent to the AAUW Hallie Farmer Legacy Scholarship; University of Montevallo Advancement; c/o Jeremy Ward, Director of Annual and Special Giving, UM Station 6215; University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 35115.