Scholarships and Awards


gradThe LPD AAUW Local Scholarship Foundation is a project of the Livermore-Pleasanton-Dublin Branch of the American Association of University Women. The Foundation awards scholarships to qualified applicants each year who will be either juniors or seniors in college during the upcoming academic year.

The LPD AAUW Local Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3). Most fundraising is done within the branch through an annual non-event. We have already raised $4200 for 2016 scholarships thanks to our generous donors.

Scholarship Fundraising

Each year we have a non-event fundraiser, giving you the opportunity to donate to a good cause without purchasing a ticket, buying a new outfit or leaving your home. The themed fundraiser letter offers suggested donation amounts based upon activities or interests you might actually want to purchase or bid on if you were attending an actual fundraiser. Anyone can donate. Membership is not required! Donations should be made to AAUW/LPD Local Scholarship Foundation. Contact our fundraising event co-chairs to make your non-member donations.

2016 Recipients

The AAUW L-P-D Foundation for Education has chosen three outstanding local women as recipients of their annual scholarships.  The scholarships are available to women who have attended local high schools or are residents of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, or Sunol, and are of junior or senior standing in college.  This years awardees are:

photo: Laura Morgan

Laura Morgan

Laura Morgan, attended Amador Valley High School and Diablo Valley College, and is now a junior at UCLA majoring in sociology.  Inspired by a mission trip to Mexico during high school Laura was challenged to understand, and be of service, to others.  Volunteer work with the National Charity League and the American Cancer Society only increased her passion for service and guided her toward sociology.  It was during her summer internship with a social media agency that she realized how the power of social media could raise awareness and funding regarding various issues.  As a result of that experience Laura has focused her career goal to be a Social Media Manager for non-profit organizations.

Photo: Jenae Poffenbarger

Jenae Poffenbarger

Jenae Nicole Poffenbarger, attended Amador Valley High School and Saddleback College and is currently a junior at Azusa Pacific University.  Jenae chose a career in physical therapy after sustaining a sports injury and working with a physical therapist during her rehabilitation.  While attending Saddleback College she worked as an athletic trainer and later for a private physical therapy practice.  When she graduated from Saddleback last June she had earned three A.A. degrees in Athletic Training, American Sign Language and Liberal Studies.  At Azusa Jenae will be majoring in Exercise Science with the goal of continuing her education at the post graduate level to become a physical therapist specializing in pediatric sports medicine.

Photo: Claire Williams

Claire Williams

Claire Williams, graduated from Amador Valley High School and is beginning her senior year at USC with a double major in Business Administration and Communication.  Since January Claire attended the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester in England and this summer has interned with KPMG in their Internal Audit division.  While in high school Claire created a program known as ‘Read to a Teen’ that assisted elementary aged children with reading and comprehension skills.  She also created and coordinated a book drive called ‘I Am Grateful I Can Read’.  Working with the Pleasanton School District and local girl scout troops the book drive collected over 8,000 books.  As a result of her efforts Claire was honored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce with a Community Service Award.

At USC Claire is a member of the Marshall Women’s Leadership Board, is co-vice president of the Order of Omega, a Greek honor society, a member of the  Gamma Phi Beta sorority and a delegate on the Undergraduate Student Government.  With the goal of working for a multinational corporation, Claire continues to increase her skills by pursuing internships and coursework that will allow her to successfully compete in our global economy.


Each year our branch honors a student graduating from Las Positas Community College and transferring in pursuit of a bachelors degree with the LPD Tribute to Excellence Award. The award recognizes significant academic excellence, completion of 60 units, and community involvement. The award winner is chosen by the Las Positas faculty.  Our branch has been giving it since 1990.

Our 2016 recipient is Jennifer Sarkany. Read about her on page 5 of our June/July/August 2017 newsletter.