Scholarships and Grants

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

The 2018-2019 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 and 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 as well as 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, as well as 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 2019, we were able to award 13 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 $255,000 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. At the SRJC scholarship presentation night in August 2019, we were able to award scholarships to eight 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.  For highlights of the five 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 eight-grade girls to the AAUW Tech Trek program at Stanford University each summer. We do so because of the generosity of several area businesses, organizations and individuals, including several of our own members, who have donated camp scholarships for this worthy cause. For more information about our Tech Trek program, contact Karla Rosen. For more information about becoming a Sponsor, contact Patricia Novak Nelson.

Grants As our resources allow and local need exist, we have been able to provide limited support thought grants for specific projects, scholarships, internships, and event sponsorships which contribute to improving or expanding educational opportunities for our youth. For more information contact Mickey Sarquis.  

In 2018-19, we helped the following organizations:

  • Community Childcare Council of Sonoma County
  • Corazon FirstGen Project
  • Expanding Your Horizons
  • Healdsburg Museum
  • Healdsburg Science Fair