Education Awards


awards logoWhat Are the FAWCO Education Awards?

Created by and for FAWCO clubs, the Awards Program recognizes and honors the academic excellence and all-around achievement of FAWCO Club and FAUSA members and their children and grandchildren. FAWCO hopes to promote international understanding and good will by giving annual awards for study, in the U.S. or abroad, at high school, undergraduate and graduate levels.

Since the first award was given under the aegis of The Foundation in 1972, many hundreds of thousands of dollars have been given to hundreds of recipients. Every year we adjust the program to funds available and to the changing needs of members and their children.

education graphicWho is Eligible?

The Foundation Awards Program is open to all FAWCO club 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.  Please Note: the Dual Cultural Award is also available to members' grandchildren and has its own specific nationality requirements.

The children of the members of the Board of Directors of FAWCO, The FAWCO Foundation and FAUSA, as well as Directors themselves, are not eligible for awards.



There are eight Education Awards available for 2018.  Please carefully read the profile of each individual Award to see which Award is best suited for you, your child or your grandchild.


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

*Download 2018 Academic Award Application


DUAL CULTURAL AWARD            (For Children or Grandchildren of FAWCO members)

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.

 *Download 2018 Dual Cultural Award Application


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. 

*Download 2018 Member Award Application


Education Award Application Timeline

Check the month by month "countdown" to help you complete your application in an efficient and timely manner.      check mark


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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 representing private-sector American citizens overseas. FAWCO consists of over 64 clubs throughout the world. 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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