AAUW’s own National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (aka NCCWSL, pronounced “nick whistle”) is a two-and-a-half-day conference designed to enhance the leadership skills of college women and to promote effectiveness in their work on campus and in their community. NCCWSL will be held May 31-June 3, 2017, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Each year, AAUW Murfreesboro accepts nominations for the AAUW-TN annual NCCWSL scholarship award. The individual elected by the Murfreesboro branch is submitted as our nominee for the Tennessee state scholarship. If AAUW Murfreesboro’s nominee is awarded the AAUW-TN scholarship, AAUW Murfreesboro will contribute an additional $200 in travel funds on top of the cost of registration paid for by the state.
NCCWSL is truly a valuable and one-of-a-kind experience for college women. Here’s what AAUW Murfreesboro’s 2014 NCCWSL scholarship recipient, Sophie Moran, had to say about attending the conference.
“As I drove back home, I thought long about the most important message I had gotten from NCCWSL ’14, and it was this: Women have been conditioned with the same kind of suspicion and skepticism of other women as men have, and it will not do. What women need to do is raise each other up and trust each other, and let the younger generation see us doing it so that they might have that example to go by. Taking care of each other and being kind to each other makes our work easier, and quells the awful stereotypes that have persisted around strong women for far too long. My experience at NCCWSL helped me to not only know that, but to feel it, and I am grateful.”