The Covington-Mandeville Branch of the American Association of University Women is accepting scholarship applications from women in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes who are attending or planning to attend local community colleges.

The scholarship will cover up to $1,500 worth of books and supplies for use at Delgado Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, Delta College or Baton Rouge Community College. Applications are available at covmande-la.aauw.net. The deadline for applying is May 25.

Branch President Eileen deHaro said the organization recognizes that while four-year universities are important, so are community colleges. “AAUW changed their membership requirements several years ago to include an associate degree or its equivalent from an accredited source as the minimum requirement for membership, and this scholarship program is an effort to reach out to those colleges and establish a working relationship.”

AAUW designed the scholarship for students who may not necessarily qualify for traditional performance-based academic scholarships. DeHaro said the committee is reaching out to women who want to better themselves through education, even if their past grades are not very good. “The ultimate goal is to help this student get a foothold toward a degree.”

In addition to three letters of recommendation, applicants must also submit a resume. The resume should include anything that would describe the applicant’s accomplishments and future goals.