September 2014—The Empire City Casino, Yonkers, N.Y. hosted the National Association for University Women, New York Branch, Scholarship Awards Luncheon.

This year’s honorees were Charlene Edwards (NAUW Achievement Award), Rochelle Jasper-Mosley (Community Services Award), Dr. Wendy Robinson (NAUW Leadership Award), Constance L. Bunn (Marguerite Gordon Service Award), Lla Joyce Eller (NAUW Service Award) and Bridgette Fortson (NAUW Presidents Award). Luncheon scholarship awardees were Deyzhane Hill (Dutchess College), Malik Gayle (Utica College) and Rebecca Wynter (College of New Rochelle).

Harriett Fortson, NAUW president, said, “For more than 100 years, the National Association of University Women has been tremendous in improving the lives of women in our nation. By improving women’s access to education and advancing women’s issues in our society, the NAUW has been a steady hand in pushing our society forward. Despite the significant strides women have made in our society, our struggles are far from over.” She also said, “The members of the NAUW NY branch, your cooperation, loyalty and support have been invaluable, as we are in pursuit of educational excellence. Congratulations to the scholarship awardees and honorees for excellent achievement.”

The history of the NAUW cannot be written accurately without reference to its founders, Mrs. Mary Church Terrell, Dr. Sara Winifred Brown, Dr. Nancy Fairfax Brown and Miss Mary E. Cromwell, who recognized the need for an alumnae club for Black women who had graduated from college and to stimulate these women to attain professional excellence. March 11, 1910, these four women began planning for such an organization but recognized they needed the input of others, and today the NAUW has 80 branches throughout the continental U.S., making many contributions, nationally and through branches, to local leadership, through its affiliation and cooperation with national, local, social and economic programs.