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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

2019 High School Seniors Receiving College Scholarships

Shirley Antonio Arriaga Live Oak High School Bio medical Engineering
Alyssa Gonzales Live Oak High School Biology
Lindsey Hillesland Live Oak High School Political Science
Julie Muzzi Live Oak High School Agricultural Business
Linh An Sobrato High School Biology
Katelyn Lemieux Sobrato High School
Tiffany Nguyen Sobrato High School Biology
Sruchi Patel Sobrato High School Film and TV
Sandra Zamora Saldana Gavilan College Photography

Re-Entry/Deferred Entry Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by AAUW to women who have attended, college, taken a break and chosen to return to complete their education; as well as students who delayed starting college immediately after high school graduation.

Women may apply for consideration for a Re-Entry/Deferred Entry Scholarship by completing the College Scholarship application for Re-Entry/Deferred students. Applications are due June 1.

The AAUW scholarship committee will review the applications and make the final selections based on the following criteria:


  • Re-entering college after a break or having deferred entering college after graduation from high school

  • 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

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.

In 2019 we awarded five Healthcare Profession scholarships.

Kaleasha Acevedo Gavilan College Nursing
Marisol Cervantes CSU Stanislaus Nursing
Izamary Ibanez Gavilan College Nursing
Morgan Kissinger CSU Monterey Bay Marriage/Family Therapist
Xuan-Uyen Nguyen CSU San Diego Neo Natal 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 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.

2019 KIT grant recipients:

Jordyne Atkins CSULA Admin. of Justice
Anita Alvarez CSU Monterey Bay Psych.
Lindsay Baker Gavilan Allied Health
Ariana Berumen UC Berkeley Sociology
Lyssa Fuentes CSU Monterey Bay Pre Law
Raya Kavosh UC San Diego Data Science
Shannon Mortela CSU Monterey Bay Sociology
Shelby McDonald Calif. Baptist Univ. Psych.
Lifen Shi Cal Poly San Luis Bio. Med. Engineering
Arabella Williams Cabrillo Psych.