Education Awards


awards logoWhat Are the FAWCO Education Awards?

The FAWCO Foundation Education Awards Program was created by and for FAWCO and FAUSA members.  The cornerstones of the program are the importance of fostering peace through knowledge and the belief that education is essential to developing peace-loving attitudes in children. The FAWCO Foundation seeks to promote international understanding and goodwill by offering these annual awards for study in the U.S. or abroad at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels.  The Program rewards and honors academic excellence and the all-around achievements of our members and their families.  

Since the program's inception in 1972, FAWCO members and their families from around the globe have benefited from the Education Awards.  Each year, The Foundation adjusts the program to address the changing needs of members and their children.

education graphicWho is Eligible?

The Foundation Awards Program is open to all FAWCO and FAUSA members and their children, regardless of nationality, and regardless of whether or not the affiliated Club has made a contribution to The Foundation’s programs.  The Dual Cultural Award is also available to members' grandchildren and has its own specific nationality requirements.

Members (and the children/grandchildren) of the Board of Directors of FAWCO, The FAWCO Foundation and FAUSA are not eligible for Education Awards.



There were eight Education Awards available for 2018.  The recipients were announced at the Interim Meeting in The Hague. The following Education Awards were offered. 


ACADEMIC STUDIES AWARDS             (For Children of FAWCO and FAUSA members)

Arts Award     $4,000

For undergraduate or graduate study in the history, theory and/or practice of the performing arts, visual arts, film and media arts, architecture and graphic arts.

Sciences Award     $4,000   Sponsored in part by AIWC Genoa, in memory of Frieda Bacigalupo Natali

For undergraduate or graduate study of scientific subjects (e.g., biology, chemistry), mathematics, medicine, engineering, environmental studies, computer science, economics or business administration.

Humanities Award     $4,000  

For undergraduate or graduate study in the fields including, but not limited to, education, law, social studies, history and languages.

Due to generosity in sponsorship, there are two awards available which will be given to the two highest-ranked applicants -

             Humanities Award   Sponsored in part by AAWE Paris, in memory of Gertrude de Gallaix                 

             Caroline Newton Humanities Award


DUAL CULTURAL AWARD   (For Children/Grandchildren of FAWCO members - one Parent/Grandparent must be American)

Dual Cultural Award     $4,000   Sponsored in part by AWC Bern and Donna Erismann, in memory of Suzanne Erismann

To be used to attend a semester of American high school or an academic or structured educational summer program in the United States.


MEMBER AWARDS           (For FAWCO and FAUSA members)

These awards recognize the diverse lives of our members, their achievements and their neverending quest for knowledge and self-improvement.

FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award     $4,000

This award is for acquiring new skills or enhancing already existing ones. This will allow a FAWCO of FAUSA member to become more capable, competent and confident by acquiring the skills to improve performance in any given field. 

Women in STEM     $4000   In Honor of AWA Dubai's 21 years serving the international community of Dubai

This award is for the study of STEM disciplines including the study of chemistry, computer and information technology science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy. 

AWC Hamburg Continuing Education Award     $4,000 

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the American Women's Club of Hamburg, this award is for a FAWCO or FAUSA member to further their education at university or an equivalent level through courses, workshops and certification programs. Subjects can encompass all areas of interest - inter alia, journalism, writing, the arts and philanthropy, however, excludes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. 

Do you or your child/grandchild plan on submitting an application for the 2019 Education Awards?  Watermarked versions of the 2018 applications are available below.  This allows anyone planning on submitting an EA application in 2019 to see exactly what is required.  The 2019 applications will be posted in September, 2018. 
Please consult the Month-by-Month Application Timeline below for some useful advice on timely submission of your application.


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Who We Are


The FAWCO Foundation was created in 1967 and is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO, a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations.  We are a U.S. non-profit corporation, registered in the State of Missouri as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

The FAWCO Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of FAWCO by developing, administering and fundraising for programs that improve the lives of women and children worldwide. 

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