2018 DAW-AAUW Local Scholarships

For Scholarship Application, click here

2018 Local Scholarship Eligibility Guidelines are:

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 Liz Williams at aauwlizwilliams@gmail.com or (925) 389-0152 and put AAUW Local Scholarship Question in the subject box.

The application packet must be mailed to:

Kathie Hixon, AAUW Local Scholarship, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507 and comprise:

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 16, 2018.

5.  Completed packets must be postmarked by Sunday, April 1, 2018.

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


Here are our 2018 Local Scholarship Recipients

Five outstanding applicants received scholarships at the June 7th 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 Ellen Severson, an AAUW member. Congratulations to each of the five recipients this year.

REBECCA MICKELSON: Rebecca graduated from BYU-Provo in 2016 in Exercise Science. She is continuing her education studying Physical Therapy at Rocky Mt. University of Health Professions in Lindon, Utah. She volunteers at the Utah State Hospital working with teen girls. Rebecca is a student assistant at RMU. Rebecca is excited to make an impact in the world of healthcare especially with the Opiods crisis. She desires to use treatments and techniques that have shown decrease pain in the long-term better than medication. Rebecca is a 2012 Monte Vista graduate.

NATALIE OBERHAUSER-LIM: Natalie is currently in medical school at UCSD, class of 2021. Graduated UCSD 2015: Major: biology, Minor: global health. Her field of interest is a pediatric specialist; cardiology, neurology, and surgery as a sub specialty. Natalie worked one year as an Autism Specialist Para educator in the SRVUSD before entering medical school. In 2014 Natalie worked in Tanzania in the pediatric and maternity wards. She was a medical volunteer in Uganda in 2015 assisting with patient care, including prenatal care and infant vaccination. Natalie is a CAL High graduate in 2012.

DANA OUTCULT: Dana is currently studying at Ohio State University. She will graduate this spring in Anthropology with a triple minor in Business, History and Classics. She is enrolled at University of Cambridge (England) for the Fall of 2018. Her goal is to be a museum curator of social anthropology. She has published. Last summer Dana interned at the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History. She worked as an Assistant Director of Humanities for the Ohio Union activities and was membership vice-president for Gamma Phi Beta. Dana graduated from Monte Vista in 2014.

LISA ROBERTSON: Lisa graduated with a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2007. She has worked at PG&E in Land Management for the last 10 years. She is currently working on her MBA at St. Mary’s College. She is active in field related organizations. She is currently involved in a newly initiated forum “Women In Land Forum”, additionally she has been Educational Chair for the local San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of IRWA. The IRWA is the professional organization for those parties who secure rights to construct infrastructure within our communities. Lisa lives in Walnut Creek and graduated from Miramonte 2003.

Kathie Hixon, Scholarship Chairperson