Funds & Scholarships

In May, the Branch had a very successful Style Show at Talbots Town & Country. The net proceeds were over $700. At the August Board meeting it was voted that $400 would be donated to the Lois List Fellowship and $300 would be donated to the Educational Opportunities Fund.

The Lois List Fellowship is named after the mother of WHC member Priscilla List. With our contribution, the Lois List Fund is now completed and AAUW fellowships will be awarded from this endowment.

Nancy Ennis & Georgia Kimmel, Funds VPs

The Financial Review Committee met on Friday, July 20, 2018, to check the financial records of the AAUW Branch, EYH, AAUW Funds and Baker Telfer Scholarship. As stated in WHC Procedures and Local Policy, the treasurers reviewed books other than their own but were available to answer any questions.

These records were corrected if necessary and are now in good order.

Committee Members; Pat Dach, Margaret Carlson, Mary Kain, Diane Roberts, Nancy Ennis and Sharon Jorgeson.

Carol Telfer, Chair

Baker/Telfer Scholarship

At the Spring Luncheon on June 9, 2018, Marie Helmy introduced the recipients of the Baker-Telfer Scholarships. Each of the students received $1,000.

Madeline Moudy is from Memorial High School in SBISD. She is attending Baylor University.

Seemona Ahmed is from Alief Early College High School. She will be attending the University of Houston.

The scholarship is funded by generous donations from our members. It is awarded to young women who will pursue degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Last year $2,010 was donated by 22 members. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, you can mail a check made out to Baker-Telfer Scholarship to Patricia Dach. The Baker-Telfer Scholarship is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible.

The following is a note from one of our scholarship students from 2016-2017:

Howdy AAUW Members!

This year went by super quick at A&M, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was truly a great experience. I met so many bright people who changed my life, and even though the year was very tough– I managed through it, and did my best. I’m even going to be a Resident Advisor for the coming school year!

I was actually selected to participate in the National Leadership Conference for HSF this summer! And I’m also currently in Michigan doing another internship. I’m so happy with how everything turned out. I’m going to be a Mechanical Engineer, and I’m so excited!

Thank you so much once again, for not only contributing to my education, but for paving the path for me to follow my dreams.

I hope all of you have an amazing summer.

Gig ’em!
Pamela Ortiz Hernandez

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.

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