Philanthropy 2020-08-05T22:59:13+00:00

AAUW Morgan Hill Philanthropy:

Your Donation Makes a Difference!

AAUW Morgan Hill’s Wildflower Fund, funded by our annual, highly successful Wildflower Run, enables AAUW Morgan Hill to generously support AAUW programs at the national, state, and local levels.  We would like to thank our corporate sponsors, our members, and the Morgan Hill community for the support that you give our run, enabling us, in turn, to give back to our community.

Read about individuals and organizations we have funded since the inception of the Wildflower Run in 1984.

Community Action Grants

New in 2015, this program awards grants to local non-profit organizations for specific programs or projects that are in support of AAUW’s mission of equity for women and girls. In 2018 we awarded seven grants: to St. Catherine Parish (Community Closet), Learning and Loving Education Center, BookSmart Community Advantage (Gift of Reading), Discovery Counseling Center (Bold Journey), South Valley Science Fair, Future Women Leaders’ Conference, El Toro Health Science Academy (Yearbook Club).. Additional previous recipients include Community Solutions, Central High School, and San Martin Gwinn Home & School Club. Click here or contact us for more details.

Leadership Programs for Women and Girls

Young Women Leaders’ Conference

First held in 2018, this full day conference for local middle and high school girls is coordinated by AAUW branch members and run by local high school students. Highlights include a keynote speaker, break out sessions on a variety of leadership topics, and a panel of local women leaders including Gavilan College president Dr. Kathleen Rose and Morgan Hill City Manager Christina Turner.

Leadership Morgan Hill

AAUW Morgan Hill encourages our members to expand their contributions to–and leadership within–the Morgan Hill community. Each year we sponsor branch member participation in this community leadership development program. Contact us for more details.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) Scholarship

AAUW Morgan Hill annually awards a local college student a scholarship to this national conference. The scholarship, worth approximately $1,500, includes conference registration and travel expenses. Click here or contact us for more details.

Speech Trek

This AAUW California program begins on the branch level with a speech tournament for local high school students and culminates with three top statewide finalists performing their speeches at AAUW California’s state convention. Morgan Hill’s top three competitors are each awarded cash prizes and the winner’s speech is submitted to the state tournament for consideration. Click here or contact us for more details.

National AAUW Programs

Nationally, AAUW provides educational opportunities and equity for women and girls through research and support of fellowship and grants programs. In particular, the Morgan Hill branch recently created a new national endowment: The Morgan Hill Wildflower Run Research and Projects Grant Endowment was begun in 2014 and when completed will fund community action and career development grants. AAUW also advocates in support of a member-determined public policy platform, funds legal action in sexual discrimination court cases, and provides leadership programming.  Click here or contact us for more details.

We are proud that, while Morgan Hill has only 40,000 residents, the Morgan Hill branch of AAUW is consistently one of the top 20 branches nationwide in its financial support of AAUW’s national programs.

Scholarships & Grants for Local College Students

We are delighted to be able to offer a variety of scholarships and grants to local students aspiring to complete their higher education. These awards range from scholarships to students graduating from high school to students who choose to return to school to grants to previous scholarship recipients to some specifically targeted scholarships. Click here or contact us for more details.

College Scholarships for High School Seniors

AAUW Morgan Hill annually awards five $1000 scholarships to young women graduating from local public high schools.

College Scholarships for Re-Entry Students

AAUW Morgan Hill annually awards several scholarships to women re-entering school after a break in their education.

Keeping In Touch Grants

AAUW Morgan Hill awards about $8,000 annually to previous college scholarship winners.

Lauren Jenkins Healthcare Profession Scholarship

New in 2016, this $2000 scholarship is awarded to a student in a healthcare program. Our first recipient was  a Gavilan College student enrolled in the RN program. Depending on the number and quality of applications, the funds may be provided as a single scholarship or divided among multiple recipients.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Opportunities for Girls

Tech Trek

is an AAUW California program that sends middle school girls to attend a summer math/science camp.  Morgan Hill is one of the most active branches in California in this program.  Each summer, we send eight girls from local public middle schools to a one-week camp at Stanford University.  Morgan Hill branch members have also participated as Tech Trek camp directors, dorm moms, and guest speakers. Each year, we also provide additional funding to the Stanford camp for field trips or special projects. Click here or contact us for more details.