2017 DAW-AAUW Local Scholarships

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Local Scholarship Recipients.

Five outstanding applicants will be receiving scholarships at the June 8th Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Installation and Awards Reception. Each recipient will receive $2,500, and one, pursuing a medical career, will receive additional monies donated to the Jane Trittipo Scholarship. Funds for the Creative Endeavors Scholarship were included in the total from the raffle of a quilt at the annual AAUW Holiday House Tour. The quilt was handcrafted by Mary Mix, an AAUW member. Congratulations to each of the five recipients this year.

Sydney Corona has always been motivated by challenges, and when she was a chemistry student in high school she found a field of study that inspired her and that she loved. She graduated from Monte Vista High School in 2012 and went on to complete a BS in Chemistry with a math minor at St. Mary’s College in 2016. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. She also has worked in research institutions at Yale and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab where she branched out from multiple paths in chemistry to the interdisciplinary approach of materials science. Some of her goals include developing improved materials to reduce our environmental impact, increasing longevity of medical devices, and strengthening shielding for space exploration. She hopes “to make the lives of the next generation easier, more efficient, safer, and more exciting,” a challenge for which we wish her success!

Erin Delker is currently earning her PhD in Public Health at UCSD-SDSU jointly. She graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 2007 and George Washington University in 2011. Her primary career goal is to be an independent investigator conducting research on the social determinants of health. Her research so far has provided her with a deep understanding of epidemiology methods, and she plans to use her skills to continue to address how early life experiences, particularly related to stress, lead to health problems later in life. She also hopes to seek out a teaching position and conduct research at an academic institution. Presently she is collecting data for the 2016-2017 Health Kids Survey for ten schools in San Diego to explore how the school connection can play a positive role in children’s lives and health. (Jane Trittipo Scholarship)

As a graduate of San Ramon Valley High School in 2012, Melissa Fife earned a degree from Utah State University in Communicative Disorders in 2016. Currently in a Master’s Program at the University of Utah, she is passionate about the Speech-Language Pathology field and is working with behavior analysts at a research lab there to broaden her scope. In addition, she is a clinician at a multidisciplinary center for people with autism. She recognizes the importance and value of working with other fields as she pursues her goal, and is hoping to collaborate with other specialists and complete a medical internship prior to graduating. She has been offered a position at Primary Children’s Hospital next spring, which augments her career path to becoming a Speech- Language Pathologist.

Since she was twelve years old Rebecca Medwedeff knew that she wanted to become an art therapist. She started out at UC Santa Cruz after graduating from Monte Vista High School in 2012. After attending other colleges and searching for the right environment to achieve her dream, she found Marylhurst University and is pursuing a BA in Art and a Minor in Psychology. After graduation she plans to go on to Drexel University to actualize her goal of receiving a Masters in Art Therapy and sharing the therapeutic power of the artistic practice with at-risk youth and those involved with the justice system. She passionately believes that the art community and theater, in particular, which was integral in expanding her horizons at a crucial time in her life, can provide at-risk youth with ” the opportunity they need to succeed, and the support and compassionate structure they may otherwise lack.” (Creative Endeavors Scholarship)

Anna Vojvoda, a graduate of San Ramon Valley High School in 2015, is a second year Electrical Engineering student at Cal Poly. She plans to complete her BS in Electrical Engineering in four years as well as study abroad at a Cal Poly partner institution in Munich, Germany in her junior year. She is currently very involved in the SWE (Society of Women Engineers) as a board member and the Outreach Chairperson. Her membership in SWE has given her the opportunity to travel to several conferences across the country, and due to her attendance she was able to seek out and participate in two internships in her field. This summer she will be an intern with Boeing Corporation in California, where she will work on and test electrical components of F-18s. She plans to use her scholarship to help cover her tuition and living expenses while she is studying in Germany.

Jarilyn Jennison, Scholarship Chairperson

2017 Local Scholarship Eligibility Guidelines were:

1. Scholarships will be offered to local women. Applicants must have either:

Resided in the Walnut Creek city limits or unincorporated area of Walnut Creek boundaries during high school, and/or currently reside within the Walnut Creek city limits or unincorporated area boundaries.

Graduated from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, or during high school resided in the district while attending a private school, and/or currently reside within the San Ramon Valley Unified School District boundaries.

2. Undergraduate applicants must be entering into their junior standing or higher, at an accredited 4-year college or university, no later than the fall of the upcoming school year after which they apply for the scholarship.

3. Applicants pursuing an advanced degree – masters, doctorate, or post-doctorate – must be accepted at an accredited college or university graduate program for their course of study. Recipients must start and/or continue in their program no later than the fall of the year in which the award is given.

4. Applicants from all fields of studies and disciplines can apply.

5. Desirable applicants must have an above average academic record, be actively involved in school and/or community activities, and possess a desire to pursue educational and career goals.

6. In support of the AAUW mission, awards are granted to females, but are otherwise granted without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

7. The recipient of the Jane Trittipo Scholarship will be selected from applicants in a medically related field of studies. Undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and post doctorate level students qualify as long as they meet other eligibility criteria for the year in which they are applying.

8. The recipient of the Creative Endeavors scholarship will be selected from applicants in visual art fields that create works such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film-making, and architecture. Also included are the applied arts, such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, and decorative art. Applicants must also meet other local scholarship eligibility criteria for the year in which they are applying.

9. Scholarship recipients are selected on a competitive basis with consideration of the applicant’s academic record, leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, awards, work experience, educational and career goals, and letters of recommendation.

10. Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all required information, including recommendations, in one packet. Applications are evaluated based on the information supplied. Applicants must complete and submit the application along with all required supporting documents as specified in the application.

11. The application package must be sent to the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW Local Scholarship address on the application, and be received within one week of the date specified on the website and application for the current year. Late submissions (i.e., applications with postmarks after that date) or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

12. Each Letter of Recommendation must be signed twice by the person recommending the candidate, once at the bottom of the letter and again across the place where the envelope is sealed. In this way, all letters can be included in the one packet mailed by the applicant to the Local Scholarship Chairman.

13. Recipients will be awarded a scholarship in the minimum to maximum dollar range as specified on the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch website for current year.

14. Scholarship payments will be made in a lump sum no later than June 30 following the notification of award. Checks may be either presented in person to recipient or designate, or mailed to recipient’s home address. Checks will be made payable directly to the student.

15. Use of scholarship funds are intended for educational pursuits.

16. Scholarships are determined on a competitive basis. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as a recipient.

17. Recipients will be awarded a scholarship on a one-time only basis and are not renewable.

18. Applicants not previously selected for a scholarship may reapply in a subsequent year, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria for the year in which they are applying.

19. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

20. Recipients are required to notify the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW branch of any changes in address, school enrollment/planned enrollment, or other relevant information that might affect selection and receiving a scholarship prior to the award being granted.

21. The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek branch reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

Need more information: Contact Jarilyn Jennison at jmjennison@astound.net and put AAUW Local Scholarship Question in the subject box.

The application packet must be mailed to:

Jarilyn Jennison, AAUW Local Scholarship, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507 and consist of:

1.  Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

2.  Official copy of current class schedule.

3.  A typed statement up to 500 words covering your educational and career goals.

4.  Two letters of recommendation:

One from a faculty member such as a professor, advisor or administrator

One from a community member such as an employer, minister, or youth group leader

The letters should be from a non-relative of the applicant. Letters of Recommendation should be returned to the student in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature over the seal by Friday, March 17, 2017.

5.  Completed packets must be postmarked by Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Guidelines are listed below.  Click here for an application and click here for the history of Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Scholarships and a list of available Honorary Scholarships.