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Local Scholarships and Grants

We award annual scholarships to local graduating high school seniors, women returning to college after an absence from education, and women who have taken a break from education after high school who are entering college for the first time, women in the nursing and health care fields and previous scholarship winners.

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

High School Seniors

Each spring, AAUW Morgan Hill awards several $1000 scholarships to 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

2020 High School Scholarship Winners

Name High School Planned Major or Field of Study
Abigail Brendlen Sobrato Art, marketing
Amanda Cummings Live Oak Business, Law degree
Crystal Mendoza Central Vet. Assistant
Emily Dinh Sobrato Business
Gillian McCaw Live Oak Aerospace Engineering
Hannah Slaybers Sobrato Psych/Neuroscience
Kassandra Shores Live Oak Nursing
Shalimar McGuiness Sobrato International relations

Re-Entry/Deferred Entry Scholarships

Our local AAUW branch invites women with a connection to the local community to consider applying for one of these scholarships. Only current or past Morgan Hill residents or students who attended school in the Morgan Hill Unified School District are eligible. We welcome your application if you have a Morgan Hill connection and meet these additional criteria:

Re-Entry Scholarship

  • You are re-entering college after a break or interruption in your undergraduate studies.
  • You are re-enrolling or already are enrolled at a community college and plan to continue at a four-year institution or you are re-enrolling or already are enrolled at a four-year institution at this time.
  • You are working toward an Associate or Bachelor degree on a part-time (6 units) to full-time (12 units) basis.
  • You are able to demonstrate financial need.
  • You are able to provide verification of enrollment for the upcoming fall and/or spring term in order to receive any AAUW scholarship funds.

Deferred Entry Scholarship

  • You are transitioning to college and entering college for the first time after a break or interruption after graduating from high school or obtaining GED equivalent.
  • You are enrolling at a community college or enrolling at a four-year college/university at this time.
  • You will be working toward an Associate or Bachelor degree or will be taking career training courses leading to a specific certificate program on a part-time (6 units) to full-time (12 units) basis.
  • You are able to demonstrate financial need.
  • You are able to provide verification of enrollment for the upcoming fall and/or spring term in order to receive any AAUW scholarship funds.

Women may apply for these specific scholarships by completing the appropriate College Scholarship application – the Re-Entry Application or the Deferred Entry Application due May 1, 2021.

The AAUW scholarship committee looks forward to reviewing applications in support of women striving to achieve their educational goals.

2019 Students Receiving Re-Entry College Scholarship

Kim Benjamin CSU San Jose Communications
Rishelle Zertuche Gavilan Nursing

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.
This scholarship applies to college based programs resulting in a healthcare license such as nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology etc. Awards range from $500 to $2,000.

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

2020 Lauren Jenkins Medical Scholarship Winners

Name College Major or field of study
Cristina Avina New York Univ. Occupational therapy
Abbey Pfefferien UC Davis Veterinary medicine
Golnesa Safavi Midwestern School of Medicine MD

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 AAUW scholarship winners who are currently undergraduates have the opportunity each year to apply for supplemental grants to support their continuing education.

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

2020 Keeping in Touch Grant Winners

Name College Major or Field of Study
Lindsay Baker SJSU Nursing
Alyssa Gonzales SDSU Psychology
Raya Kavosh UC San Diego Data and Cognitive Science
Morgan Kissinger CSUMB Psych. Communications
Sruchi Patel UCLA Film and Television
Rachel Sjostedt UCSD Aero space Engineering
Arabella Williams UC Santa Cruz Psychology
Rishelle Zertuchi SJSU Communications