Welcome to the Downers Grove Area (IL) Branch of AAUW!

Movie screening and discussion

The Graduates/ Los Graduados 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an online viewing of Part One of The Graduates/Los Graduados. This PBS film follows three Latinx girls showing first hand the unique educational challenges that face these young women in particular and Latinx High School students in general.  The documentary gives insight on pressing issues in education today through the eyes of Latinx students from across the United States. 

Following this 53 minute movie will be a brief discussion.

Register by January 10.  The zoom link will be sent as soon as it is available.


In November of 2021, our branch awarded two Back-To-The-Books scholarships/grants.



Becky Joy Kristula of Westmont attends National Lewis University and is getting her Masters of Business Administration.



Jill Ploetz of Westmont attends North American University and is getting her M.ED in School Counseling.

Since our first award in 1987, we have awarded 76 scholarships and grants for a total of $123,250.

Our Annual Used Book Sale, which through the work of our membership and volunteers provides the funds for the scholarships and grants, was cancelled due to complications caused by the pandemic.  Through an online appeal and personal donations, our branch membership generously donated the funds toward the 2021 awards.



Final Total and Acknowledgments

Our goal this year was to raise $6,250, 80% for local scholarships and 20% for our annual donation to National AAUW.

Donations total $7,316 as of August 31, 2021!

Thank you to everyone who donated and made this fundraiser a success. We have enough to move forward with the Back-to-the-Books scholarship applications as well as make a donation to the National AAUW Greatest Needs Fund.

Thank you to the following donors for allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission.

Used Book Sale Supporter

Kim Venzon

Rare Book Collectors

Susan Becker
Sandra Sansone Brennan
Joan Fisher
Debra Guptill
Deborah Harris
Marilyn Jelinek
Anita Jencks
Claudia Kappel
Karen Kuchar
Cynthia Laughlin
Emily Owens
Rosalie Oppenheim
Patricia Page
Ellen Pascucci
Mary Joyce Pickett
Ruth Pordes
Lynne Romito
Lia Rubino
Susan Schaal
Nancy Shoemaker
Ann Springer
Nancy Svoboda
Joyce Tumea
Julia Venetis
Kathyrn Vlahos
Margaret Wagner
Coleen Walter
Mary Beth Weeks
Mary-Jo Wolsky
Carole Zoeller

Educator’s Society

Amy Buonassisi
Harriett Lindstrom
Lyndi Sprietsma
Sue Stealey

Used Book Sale Supporter:  up to $49; Rare Book Collector:  $50 to $499; Educator’s Society:  $500 – $1,999; Scholarship Hero:  $2000 and above


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AAUW (American Association of University Women): www.aauw.org is a national organization of 100,000 women and men in more than 1000 branches across the country. AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal changes.

We support the National AAUW mission:
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The Downers Grove Area Branch was founded in 1949 and has approximately 100 members from Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge. As a branch, we study global issues, promote women’s education, and meet for social events.