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 are eight Education Awards available for 2019.  The recipients will be announced at the FAWCO Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in the spring.

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

Arts Award     $5,000

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     $5,000  
Sponsored in part by the AIWC Genoa and the Bacigalupo family, 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     $5,000  

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 the AAWE Paris, in memory of Gertrude de Gallaix                 

             Humanities Award   Sponsored in part by Caroline Newton


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

Dual Cultural Award     $5,000   Sponsored in part by the 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.

Shirley Kearney University Study Degree Award    $5000

For continuing or resuming studies in an undergraduate or graduate level university degree program.

Women in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine     $5000  
Sponsored by the fomer AWA Dubai in memory of their 21 years supporting the international community in 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. 

FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award     $5,000

For acquiring new skills or enhancing already existing ones and 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.

Continuing Education Award     $5,000 
Sponsored by Mary Stewart Burgher of the AWC Denmark, in memory of Pauline "Pete" Arnold Schweppe              

For a FAWCO or FAUSA member to further their education at university or an equivalent level through courses, workshops, and certificate programs. Subjects can encompass all areas of interest—inter alia, journalism, writing, the arts, and philanthropy - excluding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and medicine subjects.

2019 Education Award Application Timeline   (For timely submission of your Education Award Application)


New logo tagline PNG




FAUSA new logo


Fawco Foundation

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. 

gift button

Sign up for The Foundation's e-bulletin: