Freehold Area Branch Scholarships


 The Lew Williams & Joan Odud Scholarship

(Formerly the Lew Williams & Leila Sulkes Scholarship)

One or more Scholarships of $2000 are awarded for an academic year for women in undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

Application period for 2022-2023 School Year has begun.

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.  Please read the following instructions carefully. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria below will not be reviewed by the AAUW Freehold Branch Scholarship Committee.

2022 Lew Williams and Joan Odud Scholarship

Scholarship Applicant Qualifications

  • Women 25 years of age or older
  • Residents of Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell, Manalapan, Marlboro, Monroe Township or Morganville
  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program having completed a minimum of 60 credits OR  enrolled in a graduate degree program having completed a minimum of 6 credits.  The school AND program MUST be accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Must have maintained a minimum GPA of  “B
  • Will be enrolled in the school year for which the application is being made

Previous Lew Williams and Joan Odud Scholarship (formerly known as Lew Williams and Leila Sulkes Scholarship) winners are not eligible to apply.

Award checks will be made out to the school  (Not to the award winner).

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A completed application, official transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation must be mailed in and postmarked by July 31 of the year for which applying.  Send your completed application and transcript(s) to as attachments.

Please request that references send their letters of recommendation directly to


The Leila Sulkes Memorial Fund

So many have felt a strong connection to Leila and all she has done for AAUW Freehold Branch over the past 50 years.  The money collected for the Leila Sulkes Memorial Fund will be used for women’s scholarships.  The $1000 scholarship is given to a Brookdale Community College (BCC) student.  If you  wish to donate to the Leila Sulkes Memorial Fund, send checks made out to AAUW to our Finance Officer.


We are pleased to announce the recipient of The Leila Sulkes Memorial Scholarship for the Fall 2020 semester at Brookdale Community College is Aleia Dean.  Aleia is a sophomore at Brookdale and is enrolled in their nursing program. She is paying for her education entirely by herself so this scholarship is certainly appreciated.

gradcapOutstanding High School Students’ Awards

The Rose Fishkin Scholarship Awards are given every year to the highest-ranking female graduating senior in each of the six Freehold Regional high schools. The high school selects the female student with the highest grade point average at the end of the third quarter.


The Betty Hurlbert Scholarship

The Betty Hurlbert Scholarship was established as designated in her will. It is stipulated that the recipient be a Freehold Township resident attending a Freehold Regional District High School in a STEM Program. The recipient is selected by a Freehold Regional District High School administrator responsible for scholarship programs.  Contact Terri Hicks for more information.

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