VANCOUVER, Wash. — In recognition of Women’s History Month Washington State University Vancouver, the WSU Distance Degree Programs Student Government and the American Association of University Women are sponsoring “College Knowledge for Women” a free satellite conference March 19.

The conference – set for at 6 to 9 p.m., in classroom building, Room 131 – features a videotaped message from Mona Locke, wife of Washington Gov. Gary Locke, and aims to answer the questions that many women considering college have including affordability, employment after graduation and education options. All are barriers identified in the report “Gaining a Foothold: Women’s Transitions Through Work and College” prepared by the AAUW Educational Foundation in 1999.

Participants also will learn about the educational options at WSU Vancouver, including degree programs and financial aid. A live panel will be available after the broadcast to share personal experiences and answer questions about admissions, careers and financial aid.

Several Washington banks will be donating scholarships to individuals participating in the event, including Washington Mutual and Bank of America, which have committed a total of eight scholarships of $250 each. Winners will be drawn at random and each participant will have an opportunity to win. Winners will be able to use the scholarships at community colleges or four-year schools in Washington.

For more information, call (360) 546-9559. The American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change.