New Goldman Scholar named by American Association of University Women

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 29, 2017

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Affiliate of the American Association of University Women has named Kelsey Sanchez as the recipient of this year’s Helen S. and Julius L. Goldman Scholarship.

Sanchez is a recent graduate of Rowan County Early College, where she earned a weighted 4.6 average. This fall, she will attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a freshman with junior credits. She plans to major in psychology and criminology.

Her parents are Jose Cruz Sanchez and Marie Isabel Sanchez of China Grove.

The local association affiliate welcomed Sanchez, her mother and her sister Isabel at its annual picnic held June 1 at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Jennifer Compton, a current Goldman Scholar (class of 2015), also attended. She is studying at Appalachian State University.

The Helen Goldman Memorial Loan and Scholarship Fund was established in 1965 in memory of Helen Sokol Goldman. She was a charter member of the Salisbury association and served as president from 1958 to 1960. She was also an active leader in a number of community organizations until her death in 1964.

After the death of her husband, Julius L. Goldman, in 1974, the fund was renamed the Helen S. and Julius L. Goldman Foundation. Additional gifts were contributed by the estates of her son, Joseph Goldman, and her sister-in-law, Sylvia Goldman Feit.

Since 1966, the fund has awarded scholarships to 91 young women from the Salisbury-Rowan community. Judy Grissom, former Rowan-Salisbury Schools superintendent, serves as foundation president. Greg Alcorn is treasurer, and Lollie Strieff is secretary. Other Goldman board members are Salisbury association President Carol Cody, Catrelia Hunter, Vincia Benjamin Miller, Kathy Taber-Maier, Kathy Pulliam, Zebbie Bradley-Bondurant and Phyllis Post. Norma Goldman is a permanent board member representing the Goldman family.

Since 1881, the association has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. More information about the local Salisbury affiliate is at