Scholarship money distributed by AAUW

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If you bought a book at the giant used book sale sponsored by the American Association of University Women, you are helping to send local students to college.

The AAUW Buffalo branch distributed scholarship money Monday evening to area students. Much of the money was raised by the chapter’s Scholarship Used Book Sale last spring.

The sale, with more than 150,000 books, is widely recognized as the biggest used book sale in this part of New York State.

The organization gives a $5,000 scholarship in the name of News 4’s Jacquie Walker to honor her dedication to community service. Applicants must excel in their academic studies, as well as in community service.

Jacquie presented the $5,000 check to UB student Samah Asfour during the AAUW’s fall meeting. Samah is studying Political Science and Global Gender Studies.

She plans to earn a law degree and work overseas seeking female education, gender equality, and increased political involvement among Middle Eastern women.

Samah has been inspired by her Palestinian-born mother, who lost a lengthy battle with breast cancer last November. Samah said, “She came to the United States in order to pursue an education path for her children and that’s something we were granted. So to have other people recognize that and recognize the struggles that I’ve had is really very touching.”

The American Association of University Women Buffalo branch is already collecting books for next year’s sale. You may drop off donations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kensington Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, 995 Kensington Avenue in Buffalo.

Next year’s Scholarship Used Book Sale is set for May 27 through May 31. You’ll find more information on the chapter’s website.

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