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Anne B. Anstine Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women provides assistance to an underĀ­graduate student, primarily for tuition. The Anne B. Anstine Scholarship may be used for college costs at four year colleges and universities, two year junior or community colleges or post-secondary certificate programs. Please click here for the complete application

The application time period for the 2024 Anne B. Anstine Scholarship is now closed.

Anne B. Anstine: PFRW Honorary Board Member for Life, Leader, Role Model and Friend

Mrs. Anna Mae Baird Anstine, known to all as Anne, was born in Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Clarence E. and Rose Kalmbach Baird. She attended the public schools in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, and furthered her studies at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. She married John B. Anstine, Sr. and they moved to Juniata County and established their home on Annlick Farm in Licking Creek, Mifflintown, PA. She lived there for forty years before moving to Port Royal, PA. She was the mother of three children: John B. Anstine, Jr., who resides in Port Royal, PA; Mrs. Nicholas S. (Elizabeth A.) Reynolds, who resides in Alexandria, Virginia; and Mrs. Joel (Rachael A.) Diamond, who resides in Reedsville, PA. While living in Juniata County, Anne served as Secretary-Treasurer for the family business, Annlick Farm Supply, Incorporated, Port Royal, PA.

Her career in public service began when she was elected County Committee Member for Juniata County. She later became Juniata County Republican Party Vice Chairman and aspired to the Chairmanship. Additionally, she served as Vice Chairman for Citizens for Governor Bill Scranton and Scheduling Director for numerous campaigns including Congressman John Heinz for United States Senate, Representative Patricia Crawford for State Treasurer, Judge Frank Montemuro, Jr., for Supreme Court and Judge Robert Shadle for Superior Court.

nne was an At-Large Delegate to the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Republican National Conventions, elected to the Platform Committee for the 1988 National Convention and was designated by President Ronald Reagan and George Bush to serve on the 1981 and 1989 Pennsylvania Electoral College. She was unanimously elected Chairman of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania on February 10, 1990 by the Republican State Committee members in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to that she served six years as Republican State Committee Vice Chairman. During this period, she was Executive Assistant to Senator William J. Moore, who served the 33rd Senatorial District in Pennsylvania. She also worked as Special Assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jack Seltzer, and was Special Projects Staff Member for the Republican members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Ann served as a Director of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women for Juniata, Huntingdon, and Mifflin Counties. She served as Director for 17 years and was subsequently recognized for her service by being named as a Director Emerita. She was also a member of the National Federation of Republican Women where she serves as Vice Chairman of the Campaign Committee.

Anne served as State Chairman of the Republican State Committee until the June 1996 when she was elected National Committeewoman for the State of Pennsylvania. About the same time, she was honored by Governor Tom Ridge as a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.

Her service was not confined to politics as Anne also served on numerous boards including the Juniata and Mifflin Cancer Boards, the Lewistown Hospital Auxiliary, the Juniata Historical Society, the Milford Grange and the Mental Health Board for Juniata, Huntingdon and Mifflin Counties. Other civil activities include appointment to Pennsylvania's Legislative Eisenhower Centennial Commission, Trustee of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, and member of Messiah Lutheran Church, past member of the Juniata County Business and Professional Women's Club and Past President of the Mifflin-Mifflintown Women's Civil Club.

Anne B. Anstine died on May 23, 1997.

The Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women established the Anne B. Anstine Memorial Scholarship in 2000 to both honor our dear deceased friend, Anne B. Anstine, and to help a secondary student in the first year of college. A $1000.00 Scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding student based on her scholastic and leadership record.

The PFRW Scholarship Committee

Angela P. Wechter, Chair
Margaret L. Recupido, Co-Chair
Joyce Grant
Kathryn Clark
Bernadette Confort
Toni M. Gilhooley

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