Scholarships

The Napa County Branch AAUW Scholarship Foundation was established to raise money and award scholarships to deserving local women pursuing a college education.  Besides personal contributions from our membership, each year we hold fund-raising events to raise funds for these scholarships. Last year we raised just over $26,000.00.

We typically award $1000 scholarships to each of our local public high schools, as well as a scholarship to a student at Napa Valley Community College planning on continuing on to a four year school. Last year we offered three additional scholarships to high school graduates.

Our Mary Lyon Scholarship is awarded to a student attending a 4 year college or University.

AAUW Tech Trek program sends 7th graders to science and math camp for one week. In 2016, we awarded scholarships to eight girls to attend camp at Sonoma State and UC Davis.  Scholarships are $900 – $950 per camper.

Napa County Branch works with our local county public high schools’ and the Napa Community College scholarship committees to review and select scholarship recipients. Students should apply for scholarships through their Napa County public high school or Napa Valley College scholarship committees. Students cannot apply directly to our branch for a scholarship.

To donate to our Scholarship Foundation, please send your check, payable to Napa County AAUW Scholarship Foundation to Sue Hill, 3252 Swiss Court, Napa, CA 94558.  If your donation is in honor of someone, please let us know the details so we can acknowledge your gift properly.  Your donation is 100% tax deductible.  Thank you.

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Scholarship recipients for 2016:

  • Kayla Hughes and Joanne Calinog – American Canyon
  • Kaory Verduzco – Calistoga High School
  • Ashley Johnson and Yesenia Garcia – Napa High School
  • Ariel Wodarcyk – New Technology High School
  • Yaritza Lucia Cruz – St. Helena High School
  • Layla Alkema – Valley Oak High School
  • Kara Poon and Yazmin Dominguez – Vintage High School

We awarded a $2,000 scholarship to each of the following Napa Valley College Students:
Sarah Castorena and Ruth Gamez (Ruth’s scholarship was in honor of Donna Reid Connell)

Please see your 2016 – 2017 Member Directory for the names of the eight Tech Trek Campers.

2016 Authors Forum Fundraiser

Our 2016 Authors Forum Fundraiser event, benefiting the Napa County AAUW Scholarship Foundation, was held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa. We raised over $17,000 for local scholarships.

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Scholarship Recipients for 2015

    • Monica Nguyen – American Canyon HIgh School
    • Stefani Lopez – Calistoga High School
    • Rose Ballantine – Napa High School
    • Sandra Correa Saenz – New Technology High School
    • Estefani Gomez Carrillo – St. Helena High School
    • Keila Goncalves – Valley Oak High School
    • Areli Hernandez – Vintage High School

We awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the following Napa Valley College Student:

    • Julie Perkins

The Mary E. Lyon Scholarship Recipient of $1,500 for 2015:

    • Jessica Bennett-Roberts

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2015 Literary Loop Fundraiser

Our 2015 Literary Loop Fundraiser event, benefiting the Napa County AAUW Scholarship Foundation, was held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa. We raised over $12,000 for local scholarships through ticket sales, donations, raffles, table decoration raffle and book sales.

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Esther Hessong, Tech Trek Science and Math camp alumni and Shontaine Brayton.

Esther Hessong, Tech Trek Science and Math camp alumni and Shontaine Brayton.

We awarded $1000 scholarships to the following high school students:

  • Jesha Le – American Canyon HIgh School
  • Jasmine Pochini – Calistoga High School
  • Emma Stevens – Napa High School
  • Wei-Wern Ooi – New Technology High School
  • Madeline Duckhorn – St. Helena High School
  • Natalie Miller – Vintage High School

We awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the following Napa Valley College Student:

  • Lucero Elena

The Mary E. Lyon Scholarship Recipient of $1,500 for 2014:

  • Shontaine Brayton

DoItFortheGirls-12013-14 “Do It For The Girls, Again” Fundraiser

AAUW branch members Linda, Sarah, Mary, supporter Michael, Paula, Judy and Keeta.

AAUW branch members Linda, Sarah, Mary, supporter Michael, Paula, Judy and Keeta.

Thanks to all our generous donations for this fundraiser, our branch raised over $10,000 for local scholarships. Lucky winners of the 5 Napa gourmet restaurant gift certificates were Diane Gandara, Pat Hitchcock, Julie Yocum, Marlene Zimmerman and Sallyann Berendsen. A thank you, celebration brunch was held in May 2014 at the Hanna’s with many of our members attending.

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Our 2014 Literary Loop Fundraiser event, benefiting the Napa County Branch AAUW Scholarship Foundation, was held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa. We raised over $3,200 through ticket sales, raffles, table decoration raffle and book sales. The Tech Trek camp alumnae served refreshments. Nine Bay Area authors participated in lively discussions about their books with over 75 attendees. It was so successful we are already planning for next year. Put February 5, 2015 on your calendars!

Scholarship Recipients for 2013

Pat Hitchcock, Scholarship Committee Chair with Elizabeth Shown, speaking.

Pat Hitchcock, Scholarship Committee Chair with Elizabeth Shown, speaking.

We awarded $1000 scholarships to the following high school students:

  • Linda Phorth – American Canyon HIgh School
  • Betsy Lourdes Avila – Calistoga High School
  • Kathryn Johnson – Napa High School
  • Elizabeth Shown – New Tech High School
  • Jessica Hernandez Bernal – St Helena High School
  • Deanna May – Valley Oak High School
  • Taylor Silleman – Vintage HIgh School

We awarded a $2,000 scholarship to the following Napa Valley College Student:

  • Rachel Sturm

The Mary E. Lyon Scholarship Recipient for 2013:

  • Shontaine Brayton

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We awarded $1000 scholarships to the following high school students:

  • Lauren Rudd – Vintage High School
  • Emaya Chavez – Valley Oak High School
  • Kristina Ericson – St. Helena High School
  • Genesis Garibay – Calistoga High School
  • Caela Brazelton – Napa High School
  • Willow Newcomb – New Tech High School

We awarded $2,000 scholarships to the following Napa Valley College students:

  • Shontaine Brayton
  • Tara Ledezma

Scholarship Recipients for 2011

We awarded $1000 scholarships to the following high school students:

    • Hannah Tiberend – Napa High School
    • Mary Lynn Williams – Vintage High School
    • Cristina Avina – St. Helena High School
    • Consuela Amezcua – New Tech High School
    • Lucero Jiminez – Calistoga High School

We awarded $2,000 scholarships to the following Napa Valley College students:

    • Elizabeth Corro
    • Karla Gomez

AAUW Funds

Each year our branch makes a contribution to the AAUW Funds’ Educational Opportunities Fund #4336.

This fund supports, just to name a few, fellowships and grants to women pursuing advanced degrees, participating in community action projects, and receiving career development grants.

For each $750 that is contributed, one person can be honored from our branch as an important contributor to the life of our branch. These people are also recognized in our membership directory.

2016 Honorees: Sallyann Berendsen,Pat Parker, Mona Humpert, Toby Mitchell, Beth Bywater, Aletha Silcox, Marlene Zimmerman, and Kay Lewis.
2015 Honorees: Claudia Hanna, Sherry Hanson, Mary Kay Kaltreider, Bernice Sousa-Carden, The Table Volunteers, and John Gordon
2014 honorees: Jean Haight, Linda Dietiker-Yolo, Barb Pahre, Carole Keiner, and Ev Vogt
2013 honorees: Jean Haight and Joan Hildebrant
2012 honorees: Beth Bywater, Kim Smith and Julie Yocum

In October 2012, our Napa County Branch hosted an AAUW California Fellows luncheon. Three American Fellows, three Career Development Grant recipients and one Community Action Grant recipient were honored and spoke about the projects they were doing in their communities or the programs they were studying at California colleges and universities. It was an inspiring program and lots of fun in the organizing for our committee of 12 talented branch members. Here are some photos from the event. Click on the photos to enlarge and view captions.