Scholarships and Grants

Thank you to our members and community partners for their ongoing efforts that benefit many!

The 2019-2020 Allocations Pie Chart provides an overview of the sources and uses of our Healdsburg AAUW Fund which stem from our AAUW Forum and Homes Tour fundraising efforts, generous donations by the late Dr. Al Garren, other area individuals and businesses, and our own valued members. Through these generous contributions of funds and donations of time, we continue to be able to help many worthwhile local efforts and are thankful to all for making this possible.

Our Healdsburg AAUW Fund annually supports local programs as outlined below, as well as, the mission and excellent programs of our national parent organization, the American Association of University Women, as it works to advance equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Many of our branch members also contribute to both the national Fund and our own local Healdsburg AAUW Fund allowing us to continue to support our branch’s scholarships and educational programs as briefly summarized here. Please know, we are MOST thankful to all! For more information, contact Mickey Sarquis.

High School Scholarship Program Due to generous donations from our members and the public, and our branch’s fundraising efforts, we have annually been able to provide Healdsburg AAUW High School scholarships to young women graduating from high school who will attend a four-year college. Students attending public high schools in Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, and Windsor are eligible to apply. In 2020, we awarded AAUW scholarships of $2,000 or more to graduating senior girls. You are sure to be inspired by the Words of Gratitude shared by these winners see Page 6 of the December 2019 Grapevine. For more information on how the process works, please see page 7 of the June 2018 Grapevine issue.  Contact Winky Merrill for more information.

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Scholarships Since 1995, the Healdsburg AAUW Branch has awarded more than $279,000 in scholarships to re-entry women who are graduating from SRJC and continuing their education at four-year colleges. Applicants are carefully screened and interviewed by our scholarship committee. The awardees have struggled to return to college having faced adversity and major hardships along the way, but they persevered and excelled as they worked to graduate from SRJC and continue their studies at a four-year college.  In 2020, we awarded six scholarships of $4000 each to well deserving graduates. Thank you letters from our awardees share common themes of sincere appreciation, immense gratitude, passion for education, and determination to succeed. Click here to read extracts from these letters. Click here for a brief summary of our 2019 winners.  Contact Jane Martin for more information.

Starting in 2019, our Al Garren Renewal Scholarship Fund provides renewable scholarships for previous AAUW SRJC re-entry awardees who successfully completed their third year of study at a four-year college or university and have met our criteria for a renewal award including maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better, verifying full-time enrollment, showing continuing financial need, and submitting a required personal statement. In 2019, we awarded five $4000 scholarships and in 2020, we are happy to provide an additional seven new awards. For highlights of the 2019 winners look at page 4 of the October 2019 Grapevine.  Contact Kay Kohler for more information.

As outlined on our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives page, our AAUW branch is proud to be able to send area eighth-grade girls to the AAUW Tech Trek program at Stanford University each summer. Several area businesses, organizations, and individuals, including several of our own members, have generously donated scholarships for the girls selected to attend Tech Trek. Unfortunately, Tech Trek nationwide was canceled due to the pandemic.  However, our AAUW Branch rallied to fill this void. We collaborated with Terrific Science (who shared its materials, know-how, and website) to create and host our own Terrific Science Virtual Camp (TSVC) for the 2020 selected Tech Trek girls.  For more information about our TSVC program Click here. For more information about our Tech Trek program, contact Karla Rosen.  For more information about becoming a Sponsor, contact Barbara Epstein.

**Grants and Sponsorships (For more information contact Mickey Sarquis.)  As our resources allow and local need exists, we have provided limited support though grants for specific projects, scholarships, internships, and event sponsorships which contribute to improving or expanding educational opportunities for our youth.  In 2019-20, we helped the following organizations:

  • North Bay Children’s Center, Fitch Mountain Campus, Raising a Reader Program
  • Corazon 3rd Annual Preschool Fair
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • GEMS
  • Reading Rocks

**Please note, that due to economic crisis and our funding limitations brought about by the Covid19 Pandemic, we are unfortunately suspending our Community Grants program for 2020-21. We will however do our best to maintain our scholarship and educational efforts.