In 2016-17, we distributed $49,000 from the Wildflower Fund (Wildflower Run registrations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations) in support of education and equity for women and girls. Funds raised were allocated to the following:
Scholarship recipients and award winners helping at the 2017 Wildflower Run
Sponsor a college student from Morgan Hill to participate in NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders).
NCCWSL is an annual national leadership conference for college women. Funding includes travel expenses plus conference registration.
Support Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS), a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) after-school enrichment program.
GEMS is sponsored by AAUW Morgan Hill and consists of monthly field trips, lectures, and other programs. GEMS is free and open to all girls in the Morgan Hill Unified School District in grades 8 through 12.
Sponsor branch participation in the Leadership Morgan Hill class of 2017.
Sponsor a local speech competition as part of Speech Trek, a state-wide AAUW program.
First, second, and third place winners each received cash prizes. Our first place winner also went on to win the state contest.
Tech Trek campers helping at the 2017 Wildflower Run
Provide an additional lump sum grant to the Tech Trek camp at Stanford University.
Uses may include extra capital needs such as technology upgrades or additional enrichment such as more field trips.
Offer a “Lauren Jenkins STEM Workshop” to local high school students.
This workshop is funded through individual donations in memory of AAUW member, geneticist, and GEMS founder Dr. Lauren Jenkins and is offered in collaboration with Anaerobe Systems.
Underwrite national AAUW priorities. These include graduate fellowships for women, community action grants, pioneering research, public policy advocacy, legal advocacy, and leadership programs.
Add to our “Morgan Hill Wildflower Run Research and Projects Grant Endowment.”
This $75,000 endowment was established in 2014, to be funded by proceeds from the Wildflower Run. When completed, the endowment will support community action and career development grants.
Another branch endowment, the $100,000 Blaine/Cate Endowment for Graduate Fellowships (#1802) was completed in 2001. It funds an annual graduate or postgraduate fellowship.