2013-2014 Wildflower Fund Recipients
The continuing and growing success of the Wildflower Run, combined with generous corporate sponsorships enabled us to introduce several new scholarships and awards in 2014. Wildflower Fund monies (run registrations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations) were allocated in 2014 to the following:
Provide scholarships to high school girls graduating from Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) schools.
|Madeline Duran||Central High School||Gavilan Community College||Cosmetology|
|Heather Sjostedt||Ann Sobrato High School||UC Davis||Computer Animation|
|Whitney Waller||Live Oak High School||CSU Sacramento||Psychology|
Provide “Re-Entry Scholarships” to local women reentering college after a gap in their education.
|Mindy Castillo||Gavilan Community College||Computer Science & Information Systems|
|Leslie Montes||Gavilan Community College||Nursing|
|Shannon M. Mortela||Gavilan Community College||Social Work|
Provide supplemental Keeping In Touch (KIT) grants to previous scholarship recipients to support them as they continue in their field of study.
|Mireye Avila||UC Santa Cruz||Psychology|
|Amanda Bogden||UC Davis||Veterinary Science|
|Veronica Dimas||Gavilan Community College||Medical Business|
|Amy McBirney||UC Davis||Veterinary Science|
NEW: Sponsor a college student from Morgan Hill to participate in NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders), an annual national leadership conference for college women. Funding includes travel expenses plus conference registration.
|Camila Rico||UC Berkeley||Environmental Science|
Support Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS), a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) after-school enrichment program, sponsored by AAUW Morgan Hill and consisting of monthly field trips, lectures, and other programs. GEMS is free and open to all girls in the Morgan Hill Unified School District in grades 8 through 12.
NEW: Sponsor a local speech competition as part of Speech Trek, a state-wide AAUW program. First, second, and third place winners each received cash prizes.
|Divya Gopisetty (1st)||Oakwood School|
Provide scholarships to send MHUSD Middle School students to Tech Trek, an AAUW-sponsored one week math and science summer camp at Stanford University for middle school girls.
|Noelle Benitez||Britton Middle School|
|Shannon Coakley||Martin Murphy Middle School|
|Rylie Hauge||Charter School of Morgan Hill|
|Susanna Indermitte||Charter School of Morgan Hill|
|Tiffany La||Martin Murphy Middle School|
|Holly Rottenborn||Martin Murphy Middle School|
|Natalie Rusterholtz||Charter School of Morgan Hill|
|Morgan Young||Britton Middle School|
Provide an additional lump sum grant to the Tech Trek camp at Stanford University. Uses may include extra capital needs such as technology upgrades or additional enrichment such as more field trips.
NEW: Sponsor branch participation in the Leadership Morgan Hill class of 2014.
|Peggy Martin||AAUW Morgan Hill branch member|
Underwrite national AAUW priorities. These include graduate fellowships for women, community action grants, pioneering research, public policy advocacy, legal advocacy,and leadership programs.
NEW: Establish a “Morgan Hill Wildflower Run Research and Projects Grant Endowment.” This $75,000 endowment, will be funded by proceeds from the Wildflower Run. When completed, the endowment will support community action and career development grants.
Another branch endowment, the $100,000 Blaine/Cate Endowment for Graduate Fellowships (#1802) was completed in 2001. It funds an annual graduate or postgraduate fellowship.
|Gretchen Heberling||Stanford University||Architecture and design||M.S. Sustainable Design & Construction|