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The SDSU Women’s Association was created in 1927 as the Faculty Dames club. (Credit: SDSU Digital Collections) The SDSU Women’s Association was created in 1927 as the Faculty Dames club. (Credit: SDSU Digital Collections)
 


Legacy of the Faculty Dames

The SDSU Women’s Association celebrates its 90-year history.
By Coleen L. Geraghty
 

A group that has been associated with San Diego State University for 90 years is disbanding, but not before creating a legacy to preserve its place in the annals of the university.

The SDSU Women’s Association, created in 1927, has endowed a scholarship fund to support Aztec students, particularly those who enroll as older students or return to higher education after a hiatus, said the group’s president, Rinda Young.

Help for high-achieving students

Established with 17 charter members as a social organization for SDSU faculty wives, the Faculty Dames created a scholarship fund in 1939. Awards of about $50 were presented to high-achieving students with financial need. Most of the recipients were women, said Letty Angione, chair of the group’s scholarship committee.

Since 1977, the SDSU Women‘s Association has awarded scholarships of up to $3,000 to more than 120 students. Several recent winners have continued their education at the doctoral level.

SDSU President Elliot Hirshman will honor the group’s contributions at a reception on March 29.