Scholarship Recipient to Speak About Pursuing Mortuary Science

Nicole Caldwell, who plans to study mortuary science at Chandler-Gilbert Community College this fall, will speak at AAUW SEV’s March 18 meeting. (Photo by Juliette Ordaina)

At its March 18 meeting, AAUW (American Association of University Women) Southeast Valley Branch (SEV) members will hear from Nicole Caldwell who will enroll in the Mortuary Science program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College this coming fall. The monthly meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church on Riggs Road.

Ms. Caldwell, an Arizona native and mother of one, is a funeral celebrant and grief coach. She will speak about her desire to change how the community views grief, death, and dying. Her mission is to normalize conversations around death so families can plan ahead before the need arises.

After losing her mother to cancer unexpectedly, with no final wishes or funeral arrangements in place, Caldwell became a proponent of pre-planning and having affairs in order to make funeral planning as easy as possible for loved ones left behind.

SEV is pleased to welcome Ms. Caldwell, a 2023 recipient of the organization’s scholarship program supporting women attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Last year the organization awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to deserving women pursuing careers in a variety of STEM-related fields that include Exercise Science, Data Analytics, Nursing and Applied Human Behavior, Computer Science, Nutritional Science, Biological Studies, and Mortuary Science.

SEV’s members reside in Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes. It is a diverse group that encourages participation by those who wish to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, philanthropy, and research. It also supports education and legislation impacting girls and women.

SEV, the local branch of AAUW, was chartered in 1989. AAUW is a national organization open to all graduates holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. There are more than 170,000 members across 1,000 local branches.

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