2018-2019 Wildflower Fund Recipients

In 2018-19, we distributed $51,000 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:

Provide scholarships to high school girls graduating from Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) schools.

Some of our 2019 scholarship recipients helping at the Wildflower Run. Front Row L-R: Ariana Berumen, Anita Alvarez, Shannon Mortela. Back Row, L-R: MHUSD Superintendent Steve Betando, Sandra Saldana, Katlyn Lemieux, Sruchi Patel, Linh Am, Mayor Rich Constantine

Name High School College Major or Field of Study
Linh An Ann Sobrato High School
Shirley Antonio Arriaga Live Oak High School Biomedical Engineering
Alyssa Gonzales Live Oak High School CSU San Diego Biology
Lindsey Hillesland Live Oak High School University of British Columbia Political Science
Katelyn Lemieux Ann Sobrato High School
Julie Muzzi Live Oak High School Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Agriculture/Business
Tiffany Nguyen Ann Sobrato High School University of Rochester Biology
Sruchi Patel Ann Sobrato High School UCLA Film / TV
Sandra Zamora Saldana Central High School Gavilan College Photography

Provide “Re-Entry Scholarships” to local women reentering college after a gap in their education.

Name College Major or Field of Study
Kim Benjamin San Jose State Communication Studies
Rishelle Zertuche Gavilan College Nursing

Provide “Lauren Jenkins Healthcare Profession Scholarships” to college students from Morgan Hill who are pursuing a degree in a healthcare profession.

Name College Major or Field of Study
Kaleasha Acevedo Gavilan College Nursing
Marisol Cervantes CSU Stanislaus Nursing
Izamary Ibanez Gavilan College Nursing
Morgan Kissinger CSU Monterey Bay Marriage/Family Therapy
Xuan-Uyen Nguyen CSU Long Beach Neonatal Nursing

Provide supplemental Keeping In Touch (KIT) grants to previous scholarship recipients to support them as they continue in their field of study.

Name College Major or Field of Study
Jordyne Atkins West Valley College Administrative Justice
Anita Alvarez CSU Monterey Bay Psychology
Lindsay Baker Gavilan College Allied Health
Ariana Berumen UC Berkeley Sociology
Lyssa Fuentes CSU Monterey Bay Pre-Law
Raya Kavosh UC San Diego Data and Cognitive Science
Shelby McDonald California Baptist University Psychology
Shannon Mortela CSU Monterey Bay Sociology
Arabella Williams Cabrillo Collegy Psychology
Lifen Shi Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Biomedical Engineering

Sponsor a college student from Morgan Hill to participate in NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders), an annual national leadership conference for college women.

Funding includes travel expenses plus conference registration.

Janet Orozco Occidental College Critical Theory & Social Justice

Provide funding and mentorship for local teens to host an annual, all-day Future Women Leaders Conference, open to local middle and high school students.

2019 Margie Snively Future Women Leaders Conference

Provide Community Action Grants to local non-profit organizations for projects whose goals are consistent with AAUW’s mission.

Community Solutions Creative Powerful Women art therapy program for women who are victims of domestic violence
Learning and Loving Education Center Textbooks for ESL students
Discovery Counseling Center Bold Journey (youth mentoring) for MHUSD elementary school students
BookSmart Community Advantage Stop the Summer Slump program, providing books to Title I students at local elementary schools
South Valley Science and Engineering Fair
Future Women Leaders Conference
San Martin Gwinn School Uniforms and referees for middle school athletics

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 a local speech competition as part of Speech Trek, a state-wide AAUW program.

2019 Speech Trek winners. L-R: Sabrina Bohnsack, Diya Khandra, Sofia Ruster

Sofia Rustor (1st) Oakwood School
Diya Khandra (2nd) Ann Sobrato High School
Sabrina Bohnsack (3rd) Ann Sobrato High School

Provide scholarships to send MHUSD Middle School students to Tech Trek, an AAUW-sponsored one week math and science summer camp at Stanford University for middle school girls.

2019 Tech Trek campers helping at the Wildflower Run

Jaci Bolton Charter School of Morgan Hill
Rachel Fox Martin Murphy Middle School
Stella Gaudy Martin Murphy Middle School
Susan Kirchhoff Britton Middle School
Veronica Orozco San Martin/Gwinn Environmental Science Academy
Samantha Pelts Martin Murphy Middle School
Roma Shah Martin Murphy Middle School
Claire Tomasco Britton Middle School
Sofia Dombrowsky(Alt #1) Charter School of Morgan Hill
Sofia Barreras (Alt #2) Britton Middle School

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.

Sponsor branch participation in the Leadership Morgan Hill class of 2019.

Elizabeth Mandel AAUW Morgan Hill branch member

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. With its completion this year, 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.

Louise Ly UC Berkeley Ph.D., Gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, immigration, and family
Racialized Intimacy: Gendered Relations among Intermarried Asian Americans and Whites