School of General Studies student Kathleen Apltauer has received the 2005 Women's Forum Educational Award. The award is presented annually to New York City women in recognition of the extraordinary and heroic efforts they have made in order to overcome adversity in their lives.
A political science major, Apltauer returned to school to pursue her undergraduate degree after a 20-year break in her education. She dedicates her personal time to mentoring young women who have little adult guidance and educating people about women's issues, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS prevention. Apltauer is an ordained minister in the Jehovah's Witness faith and works at the Watch Tower Organization in Brooklyn, New York.
Since 1987 the Education Fund of the Women's Forum has given annual awards to encourage mature women of need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education and to enhance their capacities to provide productive and supportive service to their communities.
Apltauer is the third Columbia University student to be recognized by the Women's Forum, Inc. Other School of General Studies recipients include recent Elena Comendador, GS '05, and current student Marina Udovcic, both of whom received the award in 2004.