Scholarships & Funds

Baker-Telfer STEM Scholarship

Due to Houston stay at home proclamation, and the closing of area school districts application deadline has been extended to April 15. We understand that with school districts shuttered, you may not be able to obtain an “official” transcript copy.  In that case, please submit the most up-to-date transcript available.

Applications are now being accepted. 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 science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Scholarship funds are obtained through generous donations by members and fund raising events.

Scholarship Objective: Encourage young women to pursue the fields of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics at the university level.

Application Deadline: Electronic submission by April 15, 2020

Applicant Requirements: Must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Female high school senior pursuing collegiate study in STEM fields with a combined
    score of at least 1050 in the reading and math portions of SAT or a score of 21 on
  • Must be an American citizen
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in Alief ISD, Spring Branch ISD, or Houston ISD
  • Must be applying to a four year college or university anywhere in the United States
  • Must provide FAFSA form that shows parents’ income and student’s FAFSA score
  • Student is ineligible for this scholarship if she has already received a full university scholarship that covers tuition, books, room and board, and transportation

Scholarship Award: A one-time scholarship per recipient of $2,000. Three scholarships will
be awarded: one from each of the school districts. Recipient is encouraged to attend and be recognized at an AAUW Awards Luncheon in May or June. Award money is sent directly to the College or University after proof of enrollment is received.

Scholarship Sponsor:  American Association of University Women,
West Harris County Branch,

Scholarship Selection Criteria:  An evaluation committee made up of board members receives the applications and selects one (1) recipient per year from each of the Alief, Houston, and Spring Branch ISDs. Winners will be notified by mail or email by the middle of May. Names of winners will be posted at

To access the online application, interested students will click the link below to open the
application in Survey Monkey. You must have the documents listed below ready to upload and in .pdf format. You must be able to complete the application in one session.

Before beginning, be sure you have a .pdf version of:

      • An official high school transcript – We understand that with school districts shuttered, you may not be able to obtain an “official” transcript copy.  In that case, please submit the most up-to-date transcript available.
      • Your SAT and/or ACT scores
      • Your FAFSA score
      • A resumé detailing your high school activities, including honors or recognitions you have received
      • An essay of no more than 250 words describing your educational goals and career aspirations for the future. This must be written before you start the application.

Completing the Application

Remember: You must be able to complete the application in one session. You must have all required documents created and in .pdf format ready to upload. In addition to those required .pdf documents, you must be able to enter the contact information for your parent/guardian, a list of any additional awards or scholarships you have recently received, and a list of all colleges/universities to which you have applied.
Click this link to start the application:

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.

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.

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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