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MASSENA - Lisa Furnace, Massena, a non-traditional accounting student at SUNY Canton, was awarded the 2012 AAUW-St. Lawrence County Scholarship in May. In addition to a cash award, she also was given a membership in AAUW.

Furnace has a long history of community service, including as an active volunteer fire fighter and active fund-raiser for local Catholic schools. She is also an active member in the Massena MOMs group, who provide assistance to mothers and families in the Massena community. Her college-related volunteer service includes being a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) worker.

The mother of six, she graduated in May with her associate accounting degree from SUNY Canton and is continuing this fall at Canton for a bachelor’s degree in the legal studies curriculum. Her 18-year old daughter is attending LeMoyne College this fall.

The 2012 scholarship was named in honor of long-time branch member and SUNY Canton Professor Emerita Faye W. White of Ogdensburg. An active member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of AAUW for 20 years, Mrs. White was the original organizer of the Professional Clothing Fair which is held annually in the spring at SUNY Canton. She coordinates the AAUW “Open Windows for Girls” program.

Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.

Watch for application information about the 2013 AAUW Named Scholarship that will be available next spring.

For more information about AAUW in St. Lawrence County, contact President Becky Gerber at 268-9957, gerberrl@potsdam.edu or Public Policy Chair Kathleen Stein at 386-3812, kstein1@twcny.rr.com, or visit the branch website, http://www.northnet.org/stlawrenceaauw/index.html. AAUW, with its nationwide network of more than 100,000 members, more than 1,000 branches conducting programs in communities across the country, and 500 college and university partners, has been a leading advocate for equity and education for women and girls since 1881.

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