Ralston receives AAUW award

The Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women announced Broadalbin resident Sarah (Reynolds) Ralston was chosen as this year’s recipient of the group’s annual award to a Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate.

Established in 1999 by the local AAUW branch, the $500 award is given to a female nontraditional student graduate of FM who plans to continue her education to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Ralston recently received an associate of science in business administration from FM. She plans to continue her studies in accounting and human resources this fall at Empire State College.

Her goal is to open an automotive business with her husband, Mike, in which she would handle the office aspect and he would work in the shop, a news release said.

Ralston attended Stillwater High School and graduated from Saratoga High School in 2000. She attended Adirondack Community College for a brief time. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of jobs, including food service and house painting. While studying for her degree at FM, she worked at a deli in Ballston Spa. She recently began a full-time office position with Coretech Industrial, the news release said.

In addition to the scholarship, Ralston received an AAUW national membership as part of the Give a Gift to a Grad program and a New York State and Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch membership from the branch. She will be honored at a future AAUW branch meeting.

The AAUW scholarship is given annually in memory of Rita Mary Burke, FM English professor and one of the original members of the local AAUW branch. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward women who have had to delay their entry into college after high school to work or raise a family and to encourage them to continue to pursue their education. Laurie Freeman was chairwoman of the AAUW branch FM award committee.