Funds & Scholarships

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.

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Mary Kain & Hazel Chahar, Funds Vice-Presidents


Alondra Martinez, a 2016 recipient, with her guest and Carol Telfer, one of the Scholarship founders.

The Baker-Telfer Scholarship annually awards scholarships to three young women graduating from Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD and Alief ISD who plan to begin college studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. The award ceremony takes place at the Spring Luncheon in June. A selection committee considers financial need, teacher recommendations and academic aptitude. Last year the committee was made up of Hazel Chahar, Ann Sanders, Pat Dach, Marie Helmy and Jeannie MacKenzie.

If you would like to serve on this committee please contact Pat Dach,

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

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.

We are very pleased to announce the 2016 Baker-Telfer Scholars:B_Tscholars16

Khanh Long  – Taylor High School; Alief ISD
Maribel Paredes – Northbrook Senior High School; Spring Branch ISD
Alexa Hale – Bellaire High School; Houston ISD


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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