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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.

Some of our 2018 Scholarship recipients at the Wildflower Run with Dr. Kathleen Rose, President of Gavilan Community College

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.

For an application and further instructions:

Live Oak High School – Go to Common Scholarship Application
Ann Sobrato High School – Inquire at the Counseling Office
Central High School – Inquire at the Counseling Office

2018 High School Seniors Receiving College Scholarships

Julia Arenas Central High School Cosmetology / Business
Ariana Berumen Live Oak High School Sociology & Education
Valery Coritreros Live Oak High School Sociology
Jenna Fields Ann Sobrato High School Agriculture
Lyssa Fuentes Live Oak High School Political Science / Law
Kelsy Pike Ann Sobrato High School Nursing
Anmol Sandher Ann Sobrato High School Neuroscience
Arabella Williams Live Oak High School Biology

College Scholarships for Re-Entry Students

AAUW Morgan Hill annually awards several scholarships to students re-entering school after a break in their education.  These “Re-Entry” scholarships are awarded to students 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 Hill

  • Plan to continue their education at a four year institution

  • Have genuine financial need

Students may apply for consideration for a Re-Entry Scholarship through their Community College Financial Aid Office or,  preferably,  complete our College Scholarships for Re-Entry Students Application. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The AAUW Morgan Hill Scholarship Committee will review the applications and make the final selections.

2018 Students Receiving Re-Entry College Scholarship

Anita Alvarez Gavilan Community College Psychology
Michelle Castro Gavilan Community College Spanish & Communications
Diana Ochoa Zapata Gavilan Community College Business

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.

Please complete our Lauren Jenkins Healthcare Scholarship Application. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The AAUW Morgan Hill Scholarship Committee will review the applications and make the final selection.

In 2018 we awarded four Healthcare Profession scholarships.

Rebecca Ayala Gavilan Community College Nursing
Paulina Beltran Gavilan Community College Nursing
Maria Marin Navarrete Gavilan Community College Nursing
Rosemary Sanchez Gavilan Community College Nursing

Enrollment Verification

All scholarship money for the above scholarships is paid, after enrollment is verified, directly to the college that the student is attending. See Student Enrollment Verification Form.

Keeping In Touch (KIT) Grants

Previous scholarship winners who are currently undergraduates have the opportunity each year to apply for supplemental grants.

Please complete our KIT Grant Application. Applications are due February 1, 2019. The AAUW Morgan Hill Scholarship Committee will review the applications and make the final selection.

2018 KIT grant recipients:

Jordyne Atkins  Agricultural Business
Michaela Austin UC Santa Barbara
Lindsay Baker Nursing
Jacquelyn Cook Gavilan Community College Nursing
Diana Fuentes  San Jose State University  Sociology
Raya Kavosh  Political Science
Shelby McDonald California Baptist University Sociology
Shannon Mortela CSU Monterey Bay Social Work
Lydia Riojas San Jose State University Business Administration
Lifen Shi  Bio-Engineering
Melissa Vasquez UC Santa Barbara Physical Therapy
Tiffany Ziegelman Gavilan Community College  Dental Hygienist

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.

Please complete our NCCWSL Application. Applications are due February 15, 2019. The AAUW Morgan Hill NCCWSL Committee will review the applications and make the final selection.

2018 NCCWSL scholarship recipient:

Julianna Cisneros Gavilan Community College Administrative Justice