Category Archives: Scholarship

Anything related to our AAUW Sacramento scholarship activities.

Scholarship Committee Updates by Susana Mullen, Scholarship Co-director

Scholarship Committee members met on Saturday, March 17. There were 10 eligible applicants, at least seven of whom would have won any other year. The competition was very steep. All three nursing recipients have GPAs between 3.84 and 4.0 and received excellent references from Chemistry and Anatomy professors. The first alternate is a Civil Engineering student at California State University, Sacramento, raising three children on her own.

Athena Avila

Athena Aviles, 42, Sacramento City College Nursing Major, will transfer to CSUS in Fall 2018, hopefully in the Nursing Program.

 

 

 

Brianna Delaney

Brianna Delaney, 25, SCC Nursing Major, will also attend CSUS in Fall 2018, hopefully in the Nursing Program.

 

 

 

Sidra Awais

Sidra Awais, 31, is finishing her AA at SCC and will transfer to CSUS in Fall 2018, majoring in Accounting. She is married and has two children.

 

 

 

Emily Wirth

Emily Wirth, 28, was also a recipient last year. Her husband is also studying nursing on the GI Bill. They have two children. She is an SCC Nursing Major who will transfer to CSUS in Fall 2018, hopefully in the CSUS Nursing Program. Last fall, her husband was selected as the veteran recipient of a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento home build. She has invited our members to the Habitat Veterans Day event in November to see the home they are building.

2017-18 Scholarship Recipients by Susana Mullen and Anna Storey

The 2017-18 Scholarship Recipients will receive their awards formally and be introduced to the membership at the Fall Showcase on September 23rd. They are:

  • Dannesha Lewis, a CSUS student majoring in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Information Security and Computer Forensics
  • Christina DeOllos, a CSUS student majoring in Civil Engineering. This will be her second award from us.
  • Emily Wirth, a Sacramento City College student preparing for a nursing career specializing in Labor and Delivery
  • Jessica Zwane, a CSUS student majoring in Child Development

AAUW Scholarships Awarded by Anna Storey


scholarshipThe AAUW Sacramento Scholarship Committee awarded $2,000 scholarships to three outstanding students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Maha Haidairi is a civil engineering student currently studying at Sacramento City College. She will be attending California State University, Sacramento in the fall.  In addition to her engineering studies, she has given many hours of her time volunteering both in her field of study and in the community.   Her goal is to become a civil engineer focusing on transportation so she can help improve California’s infrastructure.  And she hopes to show other women in the community that with determination one can succeed in any field. She has been awarded a branch scholarship.

Christina Ibarra is studying speech and language pathology at California State University, Sacramento. A single mother of two teenagers and the first in her family to attend college, Christina’s goal is to earn a master’s degree and work with special needs children.  Her academic career has been notable for her high achievement: she has consistently maintained a 4.0 cumulative average.  She has been awarded the Kit Mahnke Scholarship.

Brandi Veal is studying business administration at California State University, Sacramento.  She has maintained a 3.85 cumulative average at CSUS and is Vice President of Student United Way on campus. She is passionate about business and literacy and hopes to use her degree to work with libraries in order to create a rich learning environment for people of varying backgrounds. She has been awarded the Mary and Donn Random Memorial Scholarship.

 

Two Scholarship Winners graduate from CSUS in December by Donna Holmes

Sharay and Donna Holmes

Sharay and Donna Holmes

Sharay Robinson, awarded three scholarships by our branch, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Health Care Administration from California State University, Sacramento. Sharay was attending American River College when she received the Gloria Eriksson Scholarship for 2012-2013. She then transferred to CSUS where she received the Dalma Godt Memorial for 2013-2014 and the Donn and Mary Random Memorial Scholarship for 2014-2015. She is 30 years old and a single mother of three children. She had her first child at 14. I sent her a card and letter of congratulations when she graduated on Dec. 20. Here is what she had to say in response:

“There are not enough words to express my gratitude. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to complete my dreams of earning my degree. At the time when I applied for the 2nd scholarship, I felt like giving up because it was getting extremely hard. But, once I received the letter about being awarded it gave me so much hope. I want to thank you and your family for everything. Love, Sharay & God Bless”

Thanh Ho

Thanh Ho

Thanh Ho, awarded two scholarships by our branch, graduated with a 3.6 GPA from CSUS with

a BS in Health Care Administration. She immigrated to Sacramento from Vietnam eight years ago with her mother, brother, and sister. For the last 20 years, she has been the caregiver to her mother, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Thanh is currently working as an intern with Covered California. We received the following note from Thanh:

“I am so happy to have finally finished my BS degree, which has taken almost 8 years to complete. Your mental and financial support has given me more strength to overcome the many hardships and obstacles of my long journey. So please consider my achievement is also yours because, without your support, I might not have been able to finish on time. I am so proud to be a part of the Sacramento AAUW Chapter. I hope you will continue to provide support for other women who struggle to attain their educational goals while facing many difficulties in life.”

The Scholarship Committee will meet in March to select four 2016-2017 scholarship awardees. If you know any potential applicants, the application can be downloaded from the Scholarships webpage of the AAUW Sacramento website, or you can email Scholarship Co-Chair Anna Storey at mikeandamo@gmail.com with the applicant’s contact information and she will send her the announcement and application form.

 

Scholarship Thanks by Molly Dugan

We are honored to have served as AAUW Sacramento Scholarship Co-Chairs and want to thank everyone who supported scholarships this year. Your generous donations have helped deserving young women pursue an education and a better life for their families.
We’d also like to thank those who contributed their time and energies to the scholarship committee. The scholarship co-chairs depend on the committee members to select winners, promote the scholarships on local college campuses and arrange events. Your hard work and devotion to the cause is greatly appreciated.

This year’s scholarship winners are Christina DeOllos, the recipient of the Kit Mahnke Scholarship; Thanh Ho, winner of the Donn and Mary Random Scholarship; Christina Ibarra, and Rachel Jahnsen. Check out the April newsletter for more information about these inspiring young women.

We welcome the new scholarship co-chairs for the 2015-2016 year, Susana Mullen and Anna Storey. We look forward to their leadership as we embark on a new branch year.

Thank you again for all your support.
Molly Dugan & Donna Holmes, scholarship co-chairs, 2014-2015

Scholarships Awarded by Molly Dugan

The AAUW Sacramento Scholarship Committee awarded $2,000 scholarships to four outstanding students for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Christina DeOllos, 25, is majoring in Civil Engineering at CSUS, and is the first in her family to attend college. She currently works as a Program Assistant for the MESA Center at Sacramento City College, volunteers as a math and science tutor and serves in leadership roles in several academic and professional organizations. She plans to graduate in May 2017.

Thanh Ho, 27, is a second-year AAUW scholarship recipient in her junior year at CSUS where she is studying Healthcare Administration. Thanh works as an In-Home Supportive Services caregiver for her family and a campus library assistant. She also volunteers for the CSUS Multicultural Center. She moved to the United States from Vietnam 7 years ago.  Thanh will be receiving the 4th Mary and Donn Random Memorial Scholarship funded by Donna Holmes in memory of her parents.

Christina Ibarra, 39, is studying Speech and Language Pathology at American River College, and will transfer to CSUS this fall. A single mother of two teenagers and the first in her family to attend college, Christina plans to earn a master’s degree and work with special needs children. Since enrolling at American River College, she has maintained a 4.0 grade average.

 Rachel Jahnsen, 39, is majoring in Theater Arts and English at CSUS and plans to use drama education to help special needs children with communication and teamwork skills. A single mother of three, she was inspired to teach theater by her eldest son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. She also works as an after school drama instructor at Carnegie Middle School.

The committee had exceptionally qualified applicants this year, making it a joy to give these awards.  Thank you to all our committee members who posted scholarship information, evaluated applications and made this a wonderful year.  Thank you also to everyone who donated – you are making a difference for these deserving women.

 

 

Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” on March 15 & Help Support Our Branch Programs

Are you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon?

unsinkable.mollyWell, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible.

This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year, so it’s critical that we sell as many tickets as possible.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

As already stated, we need to sell this performance out in order to raise as much money as possible for our local programs. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier found here with your check or purchase tickets online using the Eventbrite program (click on the orange button below). This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

We hope to see you there!

 

Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” March 15 Fundraiser by Cherril Peabody

unsinkable.mollyAre you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon? Well, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible. This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

We need to sell lots of tickets in order to make a profit, so encourage your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier, found either online here or in the hard-copy newsletter, along with your check or purchase tickets online here by clicking the orange “Buy Tickets” button below. This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

We hope to see you there!

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

“Scholarship Updates” by Molly Dugan

Andrea Weathington and Thanh Ho, two of our four scholarship recipients for 2014-2015, spoke at the holiday luncheon on Dec. 13. The other two recipients, Venice Nguyen and Sharay Robinson, will speak at an upcoming branch event to be announced.

AAUW Sacramento is now accepting applications for 2015-2016 scholarships. If you know of anyone who is interested in learning more, please contact scholarship co-chairs Molly Dugan and Donna Holmes at madugan@hotmail.com. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.

Thanh Ho, 26, is studying health care administration at CSUS. She wants to help low-income people better access health care services. Ho grew up in Hue, Vietnam, and moved to the U.S. six years and began studying English. She works as an In- Home Supportive Services caregiver for her mother and grandmother, and is active in the CSUS Multi-Cultural Center and plans to join the CSUS AAUW chapter.

Thanh Ho, 26, is studying health care administration at CSUS. She wants to help low-income people better access health care services. Ho grew up in Hue, Vietnam, and moved to the U.S. six years and began studying English. She works as an In- Home Supportive Services caregiver for her mother and grandmother, and is active in the CSUS Multi-Cultural Center and plans to join the CSUS AAUW chapter.

Andrea Weathington, 30, is studying Communications at Sacramento City College after a 10 year hiatus from school. She planned to be a drug and alcohol counselor, but "fell in love" with Communications after taking a General Education class. She plans to transfer to CSUS in the fall to complete a bachelor's degree, and is considering pursuing a master's degree. She is mom to Mackenzie, 10, and just got engaged to be married.

Andrea Weathington, 30, is studying Communications at Sacramento City College after a 10 year hiatus from school. She planned to be a drug and alcohol counselor, but “fell in love” with Communications after taking a General Education class. She plans to transfer to CSUS in the fall to complete a bachelor’s degree, and is considering pursuing a master’s degree. She is mom to Mackenzie, 10, and just got engaged to be married.