The American Association of University Women Hastings branch is accepting applications for two conference scholarships. The scholarships provide an opportunity for area sophomore or junior female college students to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, where they will build community and sharpen leadership skills.

The conference will be May 29-June 1, 2019, at the University of Maryland in College Park. A second scholarship is available this year, made possible through a generous donation by Sharon Hoffman Avent, president and CEO of Smead Manufacturing Company. Each recipient will receive an $850 scholarship to fund the conference and workshops, pay for room and board, and travel expenses.

The recipients will experience educational workshops, learn and practice networking skills, explore a future with graduate school and career fairs, sightsee in Washington, D.C., hear from speakers at the Women of Distinction ceremony, and become part of the AAUW community.

To obtain an application form, email AAUWHastingsBranch@gmail.com, or visit

hastings-mn.aauw.net for more information. The deadline for applications is Jan. 14, 2019.