Scholarships and Awards

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

2015 Recipients

In 2015, the L-P-D Branch presented three college scholarships amounting to $4,000 to local women entering their third year of college.  The scholarship winners were Claire Williams, Rebecca Rodriguez, and Annie Geasa.

Claire Williams has a goal to become a teacher and eventually a district level administrator. She has had extensive experience working with children and supporting the reading programs at the library. In sixth grade she started working with Kid Power in the library to support the summer reading program as well as becoming a Book Buddy to elementary students. In high school funding to those programs were cut so Claire began the Read to a Teen program. She coordinated the program with the library’s teen librarian and school superintendent, recruited other teens, and marketed the program which grew from a summer reading program to its current year round status.

Claire also created a book drive to provide books to under privileged children working with the school district and Girl Scouts to gather 8,000+ new books that were distributed through the pediatric unit of a local free health clinic. She ended her personal statement with this, “I do this because we can’t wait for a better world. It is up to each of us to go out and help create that world, one story at a time”.

As a youth Rebecca Rodriguez joined the Girl Scouts and went on to earn a variety of awards including the ultimate, the Gold Award. Along the way she accumulated the skills for each individual event, learned organization, delegation and was teaching others.

Teaching has also been part of her life as she is a green belt in Kajukenbo and began teaching the children’s classes. Her instructor told her that teaching others will reinforce her skills and she took that to heart sharing her knowledge with others. Rebecca also teaches at a Chinese after school program – Red Dragonfly Learning Center – for the past three years. This work has provided an academic setting that is teaching Rebecca that students all learn at different rates and her teaching must accommodate them for greatest impact. Influenced by some very good history teachers has influenced Rebecca in her choice of major and she’s had additional experience as a TA in several history classes.

Annie Gaesa is entering university as a Journalism major.  She found that she wanted to broaden her experience after her freshman year and entered a dual major program as a sophomore. Her motivation was the thought that journalists serve to inform but there was a lack of knowledge on the part of the general public about science. She’s motivated to convert scientific research into digestible information for the public. With her dual major Annie aims to pursue a career in science journalism in order to facilitate the flow of information between the science community and the rest of society.

Next semester Annie hopes to participate in some research opportunities on campus. She currently works as a lifeguard in the campus Fitness and Recreation Center and she runs for the Boston University Club Cross Country and Track team.

Apply for a scholarship

The application period for 2016 scholarships will open in Spring 2016. Scholarships are open ONLY to students entering their junior or senior year of college.

Scholarship Fundraising

Each year we have a non-event fundraiser. A flyer is mailed to members and donors can select a level of support for a virtual event. The 2015 event has concluded, but donations are ALWAYS welcome, not limited to the few months that we promote our annual fundraiser. Anyone can donate. Membership is not required! Donations should be made to AAUW/LPD Local Scholarship Foundation. Contact Carolyn for details.

AWARDS

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 2015 recipient is  Jamie Atchinson. She has a 3.68 GPA and plans to transfer to a university and ultimately receive a medical degree and would like to work with Doctors Without Borders.

This goal indicates what kind of person she is. She has spent many hours volunteering both on the campus of Las Positas and also in the community. She has been involved in many activities for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society and was elected student trustee of North California. Jamie has spent 92 hours volunteering for Las Positas College, including participating as a volunteer on College Day In the Bay Area community she volunteered with Kaiser Permanente and the American Red Cross in the Military Supply Drive to supply items useful to our service people. Jamie was responsible for a drive to collect school supplies for under-privileged children and she was the chair of a drive to collect warm coats for Shepard’s Gate. She does all this while keeping up her GPA!