Funds & Scholarships


Thanks go to all those who donated to the Harvest Moon Ball this year!

The response to completing the Ann Richards Fellowship was especially generous, with WHC branch itself donating $700 from the proceeds of last year’s Style Show.

A total of $4290 was collected with the breakout as follows:

Fund No. Fund Name Total
4110     AAUW Funds $   215
4336 Educational Opportunities $     50
4324 Ann Richards Fellowship $ 2300
4282 Lois List Fellowship $ 1325
9170 Eleanor Roosevelt $   225
3999 Legal Advocacy $   175

Hazel Chahar and Nancy Ennis, Co-Vice-Presidents, Funds

Congratulations to the Baker-Telfer Scholarship winners for 2017:

left-right: Arlene Baker, Pamela Ortiz Hernandez, Anma Tanveer & Carol Telfer

The recipients are:

Angelina Ossimetia from HISD-Bellaire High School, who will attend Brown University

Paula Ortiz Hernandez from SBISD-Spring Woods High School, who will attend Texas A&M University-College Station

Amna Tanveer from Alief ISD-Hastings High School, who will attend the University of Texas-Austin

Angelina Ossimetha is one of our Baker-Telfer scholars for 2017. She is attending Brown University. I questioned why she chose an out of state school. This was her reply:

“Communication is very important in the medical field. I want to understand how people think, react and communicate. Through my interest in computational biology, I would like to do computational neurology research in order to understand why people think and react chemically and biologically by creating computer models and analyzing the human brain.

Brown’s open curriculum and world class professors like Sorin Istrail will give me the opportunity to do so. I am also interested in working with professors who focus on medical bioinformatics, genetics and pathways to help cancer diagnosis. Brown has paid research programs for undergraduates. Using undergraduate teaching and research awards and National Science Foundation’s REU program, I will continue to pursue my interest in computational biology research and psychology.”

She requested that her scholarship money be used for transportation because this was one of the things that her work study program did not cover.

I would also like to share with you that I’ve been able to almost completely cover my first year at A&M, and I am so overwhelmed with happiness. Thank you so much for being a part of what made my dreams come true. I will be forever grateful”.

The Baker-Telfer Scholarship Fund is funded by our members and each year we award three scholarships to young women graduating from HISD, SBISD and Alief ISD who plan to begin college studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. This is a thank you note from one of our 2017 scholars from SBISD, Spring Woods High School.

Funding of the Baker-Telfer scholarships is through branch member donations.

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

Spring Style Show

And a great time was had by all! You would know, if you were at the annual Style Show at Talbots in Town & Country on Sunday, May 7th. What fun it was with our eight wonderful members modeling not one, but two separate outfits for those in attendance. They strutted beautifully and after the modeling, many members purchased items for themselves. With ticket sales of over $850 and 10% of our Talbots purchases going to the AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund, the fund raiser was a great success. If you missed it, be sure to watch the newsletter for next year’s show! Many thanks go to our models: Laura Cahill, Lillian Care, Barbara Cook, Nancy Ennis, Pat Farnell, Cindy Hickok, Martha Inskeep and Carolyn Stoffel.

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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