The Application Period for the Lew Williams & Leila Sulkes Scholarships for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is now CLOSED.

Each year, Applications are accepted from January – July for the following academic school year.  The deadline for applying for scholarships is July 31, each year.

See the Freehold Area Branch Scholarships Page for Scholarship Applicant information and how to apply for these scholarships.

2018 – 2019 Awards

The Lew Williams & Leila Sulkes Scholarship Awards


2018-2019 Lew Williams and Leila Sulkes Scholarship Winners

Kathy Cortes, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented the 2018-2019 Lew Wallace and Leila Sulkes scholarships to two local women of outstanding ability: Michelle Malinowski of Manalapan, NJ and Tia Ryans, of Howell, NJ.

Both scholarship winners are students at Rutgers University. Both have shown a deep-seated desire to take what they have learned and bring it into the world to benefit others.     

Michelle Malinowski is pursuing a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health. She also works for Easter Seals of New Jersey as a service coach in behavioral health. One of her references said: “She has demonstrated true professionalism and has shown dedication and compassion toward our consumers here at Easter Seals.”  She wants to do research in either cancer or psychiatric epidemiology and would like to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michelle would like to see more women go into STEM fields and credits her father’s encouraging her interest in science from an early age.

Tia Ryans is studying for a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Sociology at Rutgers Newark College of Arts and Sciences. She has recently worked as an intern in Criminal Justice Strategic Communications for in Washington D.C., where she provided resources to local organizations pursuing immigration and criminal justice reform.  She founded a non-profit organization called FORTE (Forcing Out Recidivism Through Education), which helps formerly incarcerated students transition to post-secondary education. Tia volunteers for Hope Love and Kindness Crisis Intervention, which serves Essex County NJ with workshops for personal growth, ethical judgment and self reflection. One of her references there compares her with some of the best counselors and facilitators in the field that she has ever seen: “a rare and gifted young lady.”


The Outstanding High School Students’ Award Recipients

 (The Rose Fishkin Scholarship Awards)

were awarded at our Branch meeting on May 9, 2019

Our AAUW Branch Honors the 2019 Award Recipients

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The six amazing young ladies were selected by their high school guidance departments as the top female graduating student in their class. They represent each of the high schools in the Freehold Regional School District.

Jessica Mena – Colts Neck HS

Erika Tan – Freehold Boro HS

Stephanie Appow  – Freehold Township HS

Kayla Laufer – Howell HS   (Could not attend award presentation)

Elizabeth Garcia – Manalapan HS

Preanka Pillai – Marlboro HS

These young ladies have presented their incredible accomplishments in academics as well as extracurricular activities. Their volunteer work in the community is truly commendable.

AAUW Freehold Branch wishes these fine women much success in their future endeavors.

We know they will succeed!

Sheila Menendez

Rose Fishkin High School Awards Coordinator

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Scholarship Award Recipients (Archive)

See the Freehold Area Branch Scholarships Page

for more information about these scholarships

Scholarship Award Recipients (Archive)

Freehold Area Branch Scholarships

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