2017 – 2018 Installation Ceremony, Scholarship Awards, and Appreciation Party

Thursday, June 8th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Carol Highton’s Garden

Please join us for an evening of friends and fun honoring our outgoing board, our incoming board, Scholarship Awards, additional awards, and our 3rd Annual Appreciation Party.


Carol Highton’s beautiful garden where the 2016-2017 installation was held.

The evening’s festivities will begin at 5:00 PM with:

  • Beverage service and mingling with friends
  • The awarding of Local Scholarships (see additional information below)
  • Installation Ceremony for the 2017-2018 Board
  • 50-year AAUW Member Recognition

The Appreciation Party will start at 6:00 PM and will Feature:

  • A Mexican fajitas buffet, appropriate libations, and fun, fun, fun!
  • AAUW Fund Branch Named Gift Honorees
  • AAUW Fund Contribution Recognition
  • Additional acknowledgments

RSVP: There is no cost to attend, however you need to RSVP, by Friday, June 2nd, to: Joanne Quijano jtq@sbcglobal.net  (925) 831-3023

RSVP Note: It is important for everyone to respond so our Hospitality Committee will know how much food to order, how many tables and chairs to order, etc.  Also, a late response is better than no response.

Location: 1933 Park Meadow Drive, Alamo CA

Name Tags: Please don’t forget to bring your name tag.

Scholarship Awards

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.

See this years guidelines.

Jarilyn Jennison, Scholarship Chairperson