SCHOLARSHIPS EDUCATION CAMARADERIE NETWORKING
WELCOME The Women’s College Club of Princeton annually awards college scholarships to outstanding young women attending Princeton public or private secondary schools who are in need of assistance to meet the high costs of tuition. We invite you to learn more about the history of our Club, and the wide range of informative programs and activities planned by our members, many of which are opened to the public. Explore the categories of our website and discover why The Women’s College Club of Princeton, NJ is THE CLUB to join for service-oriented, college-educated women living in Princeton and in the Princeton area.
Memberships. One of the greatest benefits received from membership in The Women’s College Club of Princeton is participating in the camaraderie generated among members with diverse backgrounds and interests who unite to financially help outstanding young women pursue their education. Membership in our club is opened to all women, without regard to age, race, creed or color, live in the greater Princeton area, and who will pledge to actively support the mission of the Club.
Membership renewal and new membership form:
April 2021 – Member Spotlight: Mary Laity, a longtime member of the club and former board member, is an avid reader, so we asked Mary for some recommendations of books that she has read recently and would recommend to the group. Below are her recommendations:
Novels by Anita Shreve (especially THE WEIGHT OF WATER); novels by Anna Quindlen (BLESSINGS, and also other novels of hers); any collections of stories by Alice Munro (e.g. RUNAWAY and other stories) and any mysteries by Hakan Nesser (THE WEEPING GIRL; HOUR OF THE WOLF; THE RETURN; MIND’S EYE; WOMAN WITH A BIRTHMARK etc.).
March 2021 – Member Spotlight: Nora Anaños, Board Member, our club photographer. Nora is not only a great photographer and graphic artist, but a fabulous painter.
Nora got the 3rd Place for her painting, titled: “Magnolia“ in the Oil-Non Pro category at the 2020 Mercer County Senior Art Show – ONLINE EDITION, sponsored by the Mercer County Division of Culture & Heritage and the Mercer County Office on Aging. 80 Mercer County Senior Artists participated in the show.
February 2021. Member Spotlight: Lorraine Haucke, is on the Board, serving as the Hospitality Chair. Lorraine is very proficient in hooking rugs.
“The camaraderie of the women and generosity of sharing knowledge and material, as well as encouragement, have enabled me to complete several projects.”
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
*** 2021 NEWS FROM SIX 2015 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Sabrina Matlock – recipient of a Women’s College Club scholarship. Sabrina attended American University and majored in Law and Society and minored in Spanish. She continued onto law school at Washington and Lee University School of Law where she competed in an external mock trial competition placing third in regional and advancing to the national competition. She presently serves as the president of the Black Law Students’ Association and is competing in both internal and external mock trial competitions. This summer she will be interning for the Department of Justice in the Special Litigation Section Working on civil right litigation.
Iona Binnie – recipient of the Hillier Award. Iona attended Williams College majoring in physics. There she joined the concert and chamber choirs, joined the hand-bell choir, and continued to teach circus using the college’s Free University program to offer a free class to students during the winter study period. After graduation, she went to CU Boulder to begin a PHD program in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. As part of a research group, she began working on developing interestingly structured beams of pulsed extreme ultraviolet light using high-harmonic generation. She is involved with the Graduate Women and Gender Minorities in Physics group, as well as the United Campus workers of Colorado Union. Iona is undecided about what to do after graduate school but is considering paths in both industry and academia.
Marta Crespo – recipient of the Molly Updike Award. Marta graduated cum laude from Montclair University. She majored in psychology and minored in education. She presently teaches second grade at Grand Oaks. Marta has decided to go back for a further degree in education leadership at the College of New Jersey.
Jessica Sacco – recipient of a Women’s College Club scholarship. Jessica attended Lehigh University and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering. She is currently at Penn State working on her PhD in chemical engineering. She is a second-year doctoral candidate and the topic of her research involves studying how tissue mechanics promote breast cancer progression. She is also part of the Graduate Women in Engineering group which works to foster a more equitable environment for underrepresented groups within the College of Engineering as well as organizing outreach activities to encourage young girls to get involved with STEM.
Alana Chmiel – recipient of the Peyton Memorial Award. Alana graduated from Rutgers University School of Nursing and then accepted a nursing position at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She works on an adult medicine floor with diverse patient populations. She describes nursing as a dynamic field but particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nia Daids – recipient of a Women’s College Club scholarship. Nia graduated from Oberlin College majoring in environmental studies with a public health focus. Not only did she find brilliant and kind mentors there, but she was able to travel abroad for classes and take advantage of multiple internship opportunities. She plans to go back for a second degree and use her environmental studies education to inform a career as a nurse practitioner. Currently she is taking prerequisite classes.
Thanks to Beverly Kestenis for contacting these women. It is heartwarming to know that our scholarships have helped these young women become successful.
USA veterans / WCCP Members
We celebrate our very much wonderful four veteran members, Frieda Gilvarg (passed away Oct 2019), Gerry Bowers, Barbara Broad (passed away Dec 2019), and Mary Frances Stahler – vibrant, funny, energetic women who served their country, and this club.
Frieda Gilvarg, one of the Club’s great originals, in her full WWII WAVE uniform, it is amazing she still had the uniform and it still fits her on Veterans Day 2019. Frieda passed away Thursday October 10, 2019.
(lower left) at Control Tower at Atlanta, Georgia.
Barbara Broad (passed away Dec 2019); joined the WAVES as an ensign, later serving as lieutenant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Pearl Harbor.
Camaraderie: MOVIE-THEATRE GROUP
Let Kathy Hutchins, CLUB PRESIDENT, know if you are interested in joining members to see a movie or play and also have a quick meal before or after. (This activity is on hold till further notice DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC)
April 10, 2016 – the 100th anniversary of The Women’s College Club of Princeton. CLICK HERE to see more photos of the celebration. (Photo credit: Nora Ananos)