The Conway Branch of the American Association of University Women announces the availability of Mavis Standefer Scholarships for the Fall 2016 term for female or male students who are already enrolled full- or part-time at Central Baptist College, Hendrix College,or the University of Central Arkansas.

To be eligible for a Standefer award, an applicant must be in at least her/his second year of college and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above. Students 25 and older and single parents with dependent children are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional information is available in the institutions’ financial aid offices or by emailing Dr. Annette Greenland, Conway Branch treasurer, at annetteg@cyberback.com.

Completed application packets must be postal-mailed to her on or before Oct. 5.

The scholarship program was instituted by Conway Branch in 1999, when member Ruth Byrne Dotson died, bequeathing a large portion of her estate to the Standefer fund. Dotson, herself a "non-traditional" student (older than 25, returning to college after some time in the working world), sought to help single parents who also wished to further their educations but were caring for dependent children.

Now, nearly two decades later, the non-traditional label is outdated: Local student bodies have become much more diverse; degree plans and formats have become more numerous; and ever-increasing costs of attending college have resulted in many students deciding to attend on a part-time basis.

Conway Branch has broadened its flexibility to determine amounts awarded, honoring Dotson’s ideals while balancing and prioritizing the characteristics of its applicants.