Tech Trek is a week-long residential summer camp for girls entering 8th grade. The focus is on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Begun in 1997, there are now 22 Tech Trek camps at universities across America, 10 of which are in California. The girls sent by AAUW Healdsburg join about 70 girls from over 20 towns in Northern California to attend the camp at Stanford University. In the last few years Healdsburg AAUW has sent 7-9 girls who have been nominated by science or math teachers, completed an application essay, and then interviewed and selected by our AAUW Tech Trek committee. In 2016, nine girls were chosen out of 21 from Cloverdale, Windsor, Geyserville and Healdsburg public middle schools to attend camp. We will be sending 9 girls again in summer 2017. For several years the Tech Trek fund raising committee has raised money from local individuals and sponsors to send the girls to camp. A similar effort is underway for summer 2017. Since 1995, we have contributed almost $50,000 in additional support to these educational camps. Several of our members have attended and enjoyed their experiences as dorm mothers, registering students on opening day and on Visitors Day. Volunteers are always needed at camp. For additional information, contact Cynthia Adam.
AAUW Funds supports the mission of our national parent organization, the 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 for the support of the organization and its excellent programs. Many branch members also contribute to both AAUW Funds and to Healdsburg AAUW Fund to support the branch’s local scholarships and educational programs.For more AAUW Funds 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 most deserving of our awards. Contact Mickey Sarquis for more information.
Starting in 2019, our Al Garren Renewal Scholarship Fund provides renewable scholarships for re-entry women who are 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 Two years ago, Healdsburg AAUW Fund began giving scholarships to young women high school graduates who will be attending four-year colleges. In 2014, $2,000 in scholarships were given – in 2015, $6,000. Thanks, largely, to funds raised by the AAUW Forum, along with a donation from the Al Garren Fund of the San Francisco Foundation, the budget for these scholarships grew to $23,000 in 2016. Last May, our Fund awarded six $3,000 scholarships and one $5,000 scholarship to girls graduating from Healdsburg, Windsor and Cloverdale High Schools.
Thanks to you – our members! – and your ongoing contributions to our Fund, these scholarships have already made a big difference in the lives of the recipients.
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Healdsburg Education Foundation (HEF) American Association of University Women’s local chapter in Healdsburg is committed to supporting local education. Each year we donate a portion of funds raised from the Healdsburg Homes Tour to the Healdsburg Education Foundation (HEF). In 2015-2016, we supported Healdsburg Junior High’s science programs by providing $11,000 for Lego Mindstorms equipment for their Robotics class. Students will use these to begin learning about robotics and technology. Our chapter also supported a new club, The Internet of Things at Healdsburg High School.For more information about HEF contact Andi Michelsen.
Grants We also support other public schools and community programs. In Cloverdale, we contributed to the CARE Education Foundation to help bring a science education program to elementary school classrooms. We continued to support Public School Support Teams, a grassroots tutoring program available to Healdsburg middle and high school students. Finally, we supported the Healdsburg Boys and Girls Club Summer Program, allowing children to enjoy sports, crafts, field trips and keep up their academic skills. For more information on Grants, contact Andi Michelsen.