Scholarships and Grants

2017-2018 Allocations Pie Chart

Thanks largely to funds raised by the AAUW Forum and Homes Tour, a generous donation by the late Dr. Al Garren, and donations from local individuals and businesses, as well as our own members, we are able to help many worthwhile local efforts. Thanks to our members and community partners for their ongoing work, which benefits many.

AAUW Tech Trek is a week-long academic residential camp featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for girls entering 8th grade. Instructors include credentialed middle and high school teachers and professional women in STEM related careers. The camps are located on 20 university and college campuses where campers are immersed in the full campus experience.  AAUW Healdsburg selects 9 girls to attend Camp Curie at Stanford University along with approximately 70 other girls who are sponsored by 11 other Northern California AAUW branches.  Science and math teachers from Cali Calmecac Language Academy, Geyserville New Tech Academy, Healdsburg Junior High School, Washington Middle School and Windsor Middle School nominate 7th grade girls to compete for one of the AAUW Healdsburg sponsorships. A rigorous application process is used to evaluate the girls’ applications, essays and interviews. From this pool of academically talented girls, 9 are selected and 2 are offered alternate positions to attend Tech Trek Camp Curie.  The funding for the $1000 Tech Trek Sponsorships are generously donated by local individuals, service organizations and businesses.  For more information about being a Teck Trek Sponsor, contact Patricia Novak Nelson. For more information about Teck Trek local and camp opportunities, contact Karla Rosen.

AAUW Funds supports the mission of our national parent organization, American Association of University Women, which advances equity for women and girls through philanthropy, education, research and advocacy. Each year, the Healdsburg branch contributes to AAUW Funds to support the organization and its excellent programs. Many branch members also contribute to both the national and Healdsburg Funds. Contributions to the Healdsburg AAUW Fund support the branch’s local scholarships and educational programs. For more information, contact Andi Michelsen.

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Since 1995, the Healdsburg AAUW Branch has awarded more than $220,000 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. Most of these women have struggled to return to college and are all very deserving of our awards. Contact Mickey Sarquis for more information.

Starting in 2019, our Al Garren Renewal Scholarship Fund will provide renewable scholarships for re-entry women who have been awarded an AAUW re-entry scholarship, complete a third year of study at a four year college or university, and meet our criteria for a renewal award. Contact Kay Kohler for more information.

High School Scholarship Program Healdsburg AAUW gives 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. We are able to give over $20,000 in scholarships each year. Contact Winky Merrill for more information.

Grants and Sponsorships Every year we are fortunate to be able to support local organizations with grants for scholarships, internships, specific projects, the purchase of equipment and event sponsorships which contribute to improving or expanding educational opportunities for our youth. For more information contact Andi Michelsen.

In 2017-18 we helped the following organizations:

  • Healdsburg Education Foundation
  • Corazon Pre-school Fair
  • Community Childcare Council of Sonoma County
  • Healdsburg Science Fair
  • Healdsburg Museum
  • Expanding Your Horizons