Thomsen-Baker-Telfer STEM Scholarship

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Current News  – From March Newsletter

Wow, how the Fund has grown! The Fund was created in 1994 to honor Theodore E. Baker, son of Arlene Baker and William G. Telfer, son of Carol Telfer. Arlene and Carol each donated $1,000 to begin the fund. For a number of years $200 scholarships were awarded to 3 students, one each from Alief ISD, Houston ISD, and Spring Branch ISD. Today, the Thomsen-Baker-Telfer Scholarship Fund has $68,388,57 in CD’s and the checking account. This June we will give $3,500 to each of the 3 students. We will also pay for their meal and one guest to attend the June Luncheon.

Our thanks go to the many members who have made donations this year. Each donation is a commitment to educating young women in STEM.

This month the Fund had many notable happenings. Leon and Pat Thomsen made another $10,000 donation to the Fund. Mike Dach, who is retired from Chevron, made a donation for the Dach family (Pat). He then reached out to Chevron for the corporation’s matching donation. To receive the donation, paperwork was completed so the Thomsen-Baker-Telfer Scholarship Fund could be listed on the Blackbaud giving site. This is a world-wide site that is used by many corporations. Please contact Carolyn Morris if you need any help with matching donations. We have also discovered that many financial institutions offer matching grants. This spring, the Scholarship Fund will be setting up a committee to advise the Fund on how best to invest our endowment funds. We are looking for West Harris County members who are interested in being on this committee. Please contact Brenda Moss or Carolyn Morris if you are interested.

Sponsored by AAUW West Harris County Branch

Scholarship Purpose:  Encourage female high school seniors to pursue collegiate study in the STEM fields, i.e. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  A one-time scholarship per recipient of $3,500. Three (3) scholarships will be awarded. One to a female student in each of these districts: Alief I.S.D., Houston I.S.D. and Spring Branch I.S.D.   The online scholarship application will go live on February 1st this year.  Check back on this webpage for a link to the application.  The application period will end on April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

The committee will send e-mails to the College Readiness Counselors in Alief ISD, Houston ISD, and Spring Branch ISD.  Please share this webpage with your friends and female high school seniors.

Contribute to the Fund:  Each year the scholarships are funded from contributions by members, businesses, churches and others in the community.   The amount awarded is decided each year based on contributions.

AAUW members may donate in memory of loved ones,  to celebrate special events or just to support the girls.  Contributions are tax deductible under IRS Code 501(c)3. If you would like to contribute, write a check to the Thomsen-Baker-Telfer Scholarship Fund. Checks can be mailed to Carolyn Morris, 11159 Riverview Way, Houston, Texas  77042. If you prefer to give electronically, we accept Zelle. Enter the email address

This webpage was last modified: February 28, 2024