Wildflower Run
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Additional Information

Visit the AAUW MH web site for more information about our local:
- high school and
community college

- middle school Tech Trek scholarships

- Speech Trek winners

- Community Action Grants

Support local scholarships for women and girls by making a tax deductible donation now
34th Annual Wildflower Run – Sunday, March 26, 2017!

We are a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, with all proceeds from the Run supporting the American Association of University Women's (AAUW's) mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. In 2016, the generosity of our business sponsors and individual donors, in addition to runner registrations, enabled us to allocate almost $49,000 in support of education for women and girls. Funds raised in 2016 went to the following uses:

Scholarship Recipients

Provide scholarships for local graduating high school girls.

Caitlyn CruiseAnn Sobrato High SchoolAg Services/Education
Dora JimenezAnn Sobrato High SchoolComputer Engineering
Julia LealLive Oak High SchoolBiology
Shelby McDonaldAnn Sobrato High SchoolEducation
Tiana OrtizCentral High SchoolNursing
Lifen ShiLive Oak High SchoolBio-Engineering
Rhyleigh ThompsonLive Oak High School

Provide scholarships to women reentering college after a gap in their education.

Sandina DalyGavilan Community College
Melissa VasquezGavilan Community College

Provide a (NEW) Lauren Jenkins Health Care Profession Scholarship to a Gavilan Community College nursing student.

Jacquelyn CookGavilan Community College

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

Former high school scholarship recipients:

Alejandra CruzUC Santa BarbaraSociology & Chicano Studies
Mireya Avila UC Santa Cruz Political Science
Whitney Waller CSU Sacramento Psychology
Heather Sjostedt Savannah College of Art & Design Visual Effects & Animation
Diana Fuentes Valderrama San Jose State University Sociology

Former re-entry scholarship recipients:

Anika MathewsonPsychology at Gavilan College, with plans to transfer to CSU MB
Lydia RiojasBusiness Administration and Accounting at San Jose State University

Tech Trek Recipients

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

Ines Bouissou Jackson Academy of Math & Music
Taylor Conely Martin Murphy Middle School
Danielle Hobbs Martin Murphy Middle School
Cristin Huffman (Alternate #1) Charter School of Morgan Hill
Asia Mathaw Martin Murphy Middle School
Abigail Pina Martin Murphy Middle School
Soraya Reyes Britton Middle School
Madison Reddy (Alternate #2) Jackson Academy of Math & Music
Vanessa Torres Britton Middle School
Allison Webenbauer Britton Middle School

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

  • Learning and Loving Education Center - QuickBooks software and supplies for immigrant women students
  • Community Solutions - Teatro Vision theater outing for at risk MHUSD students
  • Friends of the MH Library/BookSmart - Gift of Reading books for MHUSD elementary school students
  • Discovery Counseling Center - Bold Journey (youth mentoring) for MHUSD elementary school students

Support Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS), a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) after school enrichment program, sponsored by AAUW-MH and consisting of monthly field trips, lectures, and other programs. GEMS is free and open to all girls in Morgan Hill in grades 8 through 12.

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.

  • Nikhita Gopisetty (1st) Oakwood School
  • Kelsey Valentine (2nd) Ann Sobrato High School
  • Lindsey Hillesland (3rd) Live Oak High School

Sponsor a college student from Morgan Hill to participate in NCCWSL, an annual national leadership conference for college women. In 2016 we were not able to select a suitable local candidate and donated the registration fee to AAUW nationally; they will use the funds to send a student to NCCWSL.

Sponsor branch member participation in the Leadership Morgan Hill class of 2016.

  • Margaret McCann - AAUW-Morgan Hill branch member
  • Kathleen Sullivan - AAUW-Morgan Hill branch member

Underwrite national AAUW priorities including employment discrimination lawsuits and graduate fellowships

In addition, we added 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 was completed in 2001. It funds an annual fellowship for a graduate student.