Local Scholarships and Grants
We award annual scholarships to local graduating high school seniors, students returning to college after an absence from education, college students in the nursing and health care fields, college students for participation in a leadership conference, and previous scholarship winners.
College Scholarships for High School Seniors
Each spring, AAUW Morgan Hill awards several $1000 scholarships to young women entering college and graduating from Live Oak, Ann Sobrato and Central high schools. Students completing the “Common Scholarship Application,” available at their high school and due for submission to the high school counseling office in early December, are considered for these scholarships. Finalists are interviewed by an AAUW member panel.
2017 High School Seniors Receiving College Scholarships
|Jordan Atkins||Ann Sobrato High School||Agricultural Business|
|Lindsay Baker||Live Oak High school||Nursing|
|Raya Kavosh||Ann Sobrato High School||Political Science|
|Kaylee Messina||Live Oak High School||Nursing|
|Eunice Moreno||Central High School
|Xochitl Santiago||Ann Sobrato High School||Biology|
|Rachel Sjostedt||Live Oak High School||Aerospace Engineering|
College Scholarships for Re-Entry Women
AAUW Morgan Hill annually awards several scholarships to women re-entering school after a break in their education.These “Re-Entry” scholarships are awarded to women attending college who best meet the following criteria:
- Re-entering college after a break
- Have a connection to Morgan Hill, either having attended a Morgan Hill school or as a past or present resident of Morgan Hilll
- Plan to continue their education at a four year institution
- Have genuine financial need
2017 Student Receiving a Re-Entry College Scholarships
|Mia Lugo||Gavilan Community College|
Lauren Jenkins Healthcare Profession Scholarship
Lauren Jenkins was a geneticist and branch member who was actively involved in Tech Trek and who founded GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science). Her passion for education and girls’ engagement in STEM fields lives on through this scholarship.
In 2016, we awarded our first $2000 to a Gavilan College RN student.
In 2017 we awarded two Healthcare Profession scholarships.
|Michelle Nguyen||University of Alabama||Pre-med|
|Tiffany Ziegelman||Gavilan College||Dental Hygienist|
Keeping In Touch (KIT) Grants
Previous scholarship winners who are currently undergraduates have the opportunity each year to apply for supplemental grants.
2017 KIT grant recipients:
|Jacquelyn Cook||Gavilan Community College||Registered Nursing|
|Julia Leal||Stanford University||Earth Systems|
|Shelby McDonald||California Baptist University||Sociology|
|Shannon Mortela||CSU Monterey Bay||Social Work|
|Naromy Ramirez||San Jose State University
||Child & Adolescent Development|
|Lydia Riojas||San Jose State University||Business Administration|
|Heather Sjostedt||Savannah College of Art & Design||Visual Effects & Animation|
|Whitney Waller||CSU Sacramento
|Diana Valderrama||San Jose State University||Sociology|
|Melissa Vasquez||UC Santa Barbara||Physical Therapy|
National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Scholarship
The Morgan Hill branch of AAUW typically awards a scholarship to this national conference, held annually near the end of the school year. The scholarship includes conference registration and travel expenses. If we are not able to identify a local candidate meeting our criteria, we will pass the funds on to AAUW’s national organization who will provide the scholarship to a worthy candidate.
2017 NCCWSL scholarship recipient:
||UC Santa Barbara|