AAUW Book Sale pays off in local college scholarships

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — If you bought a book at the 62nd Annual AAUW Scholarship Book Sale in May, you are helping provide scholarships for Western New York college students. Monday night, one of those scholarships was presented to an outstanding student.

The $5,000 AAUW Jacquie Walker Scholarship goes to Rebecca Skakal of Lancaster, a junior at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Rebecca was unable to attend the ceremony, but she was represented by her parents, Deborah and Michael Skakel, and her grandmother Joan Waldorf.

Rebecca is pursuing a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology with the aim of working with children who have speech impairments and disorders. She is also carrying a Minor in Nutrition and Dietetics.

This is the 8th year the Buffalo chapter of the American Association of University Women has presented a $5,000 scholarship in Jacquie Walker’s name in recognition of her community service work in Western New York. The scholarship goes to a local college student who excels in academics and community service.

In accepting the scholarship for her daughter, Deborah Skakal told News 4: “I know she’ll be a wonderful speech therapist, working with children is her goal. She has another couple of years to finish up her Master’s. But I also know she’ll be involved in her community in different ways as opportunities present themselves to her.”

The AAUW has already begun collecting books for the 2017 Annual Scholarship Book Sale. They are accepting book donations Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville. The group does not accept textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, computer books or videotapes. Find more information at: http://www.aauw.buffalo.edu/booksale.htm

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