Funds & Scholarships

There will be a push to complete the Ann Richards Fellowship, which will allow it to move to the $200,000 level at which Fellowship Grants can be awarded.

Beginning September 1, 2017, every dollar donated to the Ann Richards Fellowship will be matched dollar to dollar by AAUW Texas. The fellowship supports women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Keep this in mind as you consider donating, especially for the Harvest Moon Ball. It will continue to be matched until the 2018 AAUW Texas Convention next April!

Hazel Chahar & Nancy Ennis, AAUW Funds VPs

Congratulations to the Baker-Telfer Scholarship winners for 2017:

left-right: Arlene Baker, Pamela Ortiz Hernandez, Anma Tanveer & Carol Telfer

Three local high school seniors were presented as the recipients of the 2016-2017 Baker-Telfer scholarships at the Spring Luncheon on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The young ladies, who are self-nominated for the scholarships, will pursue degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Their applications were selected from those received by Baker-Telfer chair, Pat Dach, and her committee. Each of the awardees received $1200 to help in defraying their college expenses. The recipients are:

Angelina Ossimetia from HISD-Bellaire High School, who will attend Brown University

Paula Ortiz Hernandez from SBISD-Spring Woods High School, who will attend Texas A&M University-College Station

“I just wanted to share my recent summer experience. I’m attending a Summer Bridge Engineering program at A&M University–where I’ll be able to advance in my math course, and overall get an early taste of the college experience! It’s quite exciting, and I’ve been enjoying my stay here. I’ve made tons of friends, and I’m learning new things every single day regarding my major (Mechanical Engineering) and other branches of engineering; as well as Aggie traditions.

I would also like to share with you that I’ve been able to almost completely cover my first year at A&M, and I am so overwhelmed with happiness. Thank you so much for being a part of what made my dreams come true. I will be forever grateful”.

Amna Tanveer from Alief ISD-Hastings High School, who will attend the University of Texas-Austin

The Baker-Telfer Scholarship Fund is funded by our members and each year we award three scholarships to young women graduating from HISD, SBISD and Alief ISD who plan to begin college studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. This is a thank you note from one of our 2017 scholars from SBISD, Spring Woods High School.



Pamela Ortiz Hernandez

Funding of the Baker-Telfer scholarships is through branch member donations.

Scholarship funds are obtained through donations by members who want to commemorate various events such as birthdays, anniversaries, or donations in memory of a loved one or friends. Contributions are tax deductible and may be sent to Pat Dach, 6014 Ballina Canyon Lane, Houston 77041. Checks should be made out to the Baker-Telfer Scholarship.

Pat Dach, Baker-Telfer Scholarship Chair

Spring Style Show

And a great time was had by all! You would know, if you were at the annual Style Show at Talbots in Town & Country on Sunday, May 7th. What fun it was with our eight wonderful members modeling not one, but two separate outfits for those in attendance. They strutted beautifully and after the modeling, many members purchased items for themselves. With ticket sales of over $850 and 10% of our Talbots purchases going to the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund, the fund raiser was a great success. If you missed it, be sure to watch the newsletter for next year’s show! Many thanks go to our models: Laura Cahill, Lillian Care, Barbara Cook, Nancy Ennis, Pat Farnell, Cindy Hickok, Martha Inskeep and Carolyn Stoffel.

Legal Advocacy Fund #3999

The Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Resources range from community outreach programs to backing of major cases.

Sex discrimination today takes a variety of forms: unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which can affect both women and men. LAF addresses these barriers by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change.

LAF is involved with a number of gender related issues. Women workers denied promotions at Wal-Mart, military veteran survivors of sexual assault, and college/university staff who are experiencing unfair pay are some of the plaintiffs AAUW assists through the case support program.

More information can be found by clicking the following link.

Mary Kain & Hazel Chahar, Funds Vice-Presidents

Ann Richards American Fellowship Fund (4324)

AAUW-Texas established an Educational Opportunities Foundation fellowship fund in honor of former Governor Ann Richards. In October, 2008, the AAUW National Board approved the Ann Richards American Fellowship and assigned fund number 4324. Most of us remember the silver-big-haired governor. She was an outspoken advocate for women and minority rights. The Fellowship is fully endowed at $200,000 and as of end of April, $74,000 is needed to reach endowment. Donors of $100 (or more) will receive a commemorative pin of a Texas lone star on a field of red, white and blue and philanthropy recognition for their Branch

Local Scholarships: Baker Telfer Scholarships

This scholarship fund was established in memory of the sons of Arlene Baker and Carol Telfer. The awards are given to graduating female students who plan to continue college with a major in the field of mathematics or science.

West Harris County Branch AAUW supports this scholarship fund that awards $1500 to one female graduate from each of these three districts: Houston ISD, Alief ISD, and Spring Branch ISD. The awards are given to those girls who exemplify scholarship in their studies in mathematics and science. They must be planning to go to a four year college with a major in math or science. Presentation of the awards is highlight of the June branch meeting/luncheon.

Scholarship funds are obtained through generous donations by members and fund raising events.

National Scholarships: The AAUW Educational Foundation

The AAUW Educational Foundation, which is the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers and those professions where women are underrepresented. The Foundation funds:

  • groundbreaking research
  • fellowships and grants for outstanding women from around the globe
  • special awards
  • vital community action projects
  • symposia, roundtables and forums

The Foundation’s cornerstone has always been the remarkable energy and commitment of AAUW members, other individuals, corporations, and foundations that make contributions and help raise money for the Foundation’s work.

Your contribution to the AAUW Educational Foundation will promote educational opportunities for women and girls through out the nation and the world. The AAUW Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible for federal income purposes.

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