RIVER FALLS -- American Association of University Women held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Community Room of the First National Bank. The program included introductions to and presentations by its 2019 outstanding scholarship recipients Faith Velez, University of Wisconsin-River Falls junior, and Danielle Filkins, a nursing student at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Velez used her scholarship to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leadership at the University of Maryland last summer. She is vice president of the Student Feminist organization, is a peer mentor and former student resident assistant.

"At the conference I spoke with many inspiring women and left with the knowledge to improve not only my own life, but hopefully the lives of other UWRF students as well," she said.

Danielle Filkins of River Falls, in addition to being a nursing student, works at Regions Hospital as a patient care assistant on the orthopedic/medical surgery floor. A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate, her health care passion led to nursing because she “wanted to help people realize their own potential through difficult times.” Once she receives her registered nurse license, she said he would “love to work in labor and delivery at Regions Hospital’s new birth center… with the long-term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.” Her AAUW scholarship is an annual award given to a qualified CVTC student who is a resident of St. Croix or Pierce counties.

The AAUW Scholarship program is funded by the proceeds of its annual book sale held each fall. This year the sale will be Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at 222 North Main St., the Former Community Food Pantry. Doors open at 10 a.m. People may drop off book donations at Dick’s Fresh Market, Family Fresh-River Falls, and Hudson County Market.