AAUW Funds Corner
Did you participate in The Mission Possible Celebration Fund Raiser?
If you did, thank you!
If not, it is getting to the time to review and make year end charitable contributions. It is also not too late to submit your donation to be counted as part of Mission-Possible.
Please consider a contribution to any AAUW Fund. Look on pages 4 and 5 of your WHC Directory to learn about the various AAUW funds and how to submit your donation. AAUW National is requesting donations for the Greatest Needs Fund for the flexibility to use your unrestricted donation when there is a funding need, but any fund donation is appreciated.
Our local AAUW initiative, the Baker-Telfer Scholarship, information is on page 5 of your WHC Directory including how you can contribute.
Watch for Mission Possible results in the December newsletter.
Georgia Kimmel and Laura Cahill,
AAUW Funds VPs
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.
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 $1000 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.
For more information, visit https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/.