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Scholarship Recipients

Jun 27, 2016 12:00PM ● By Elena Hutslar

At the Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW June brunch, college scholarships and Tech Trek camp awards were presented to nine students from local schools. It is the mission of AAUW (American Association of University Women) to break down barriers for women and girls by promoting education and supporting their personal and professional growth.

Four deserving high school seniors were recognized, not only for excellent grades but also for community service and leadership ability. Each was awarded a $1,000 AAUW scholarship in recognition of their achievements. This year’s recipients are Laura Maule and Taravat Lakzian from College Park High School, and Amy Moran and Joyce Figueroa from Alhambra High School.

Laura is interested in neuroscience and will attend UC Berkeley. Amy is headed to Cal Poly with a liberal studies major in elementary education. Joyce will attend San Diego State University to study speech-language pathology. Taravat is off to UCLA and would like to go into physiological sciences.

Tech Trek, a program of AAUW California started in1998, is a science and math camp that encourages girls entering eighth grade to consider careers in science, math, engineering, or technology. The camp features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on a variety of university campuses throughout California. Campers are exposed to programs in fields such as astronomy, engineering, chemistry, marine biology, and environmental studies to enhance their learning and introduce them to a variety of potential careers.

June 19-25, five girls from Martinez and Pleasant Hill attended the Tech Trek camp at Sonoma State University campus. The following outstanding seventh graders were chosen because of their passion for math and science: Julia Beaty and Lexi Alford (Martinez Junior High School), Isabella Martinez and Isabella Triana (Sequoia Middle School), and Jazmine Cano (Valley View Middle School). 

The Pleasant Hill-Martinez branch of AAUW has raised money for these scholarships by holding several events, including the Italian Festa at Viano Winery, a fundraiser at a local Tahoe Joe’s restaurant, and a Silent Coffee Klatch. The Martinez Kiwanis Club also granted money to the Tech Trek Program. Congratulations to all of these exceptional young women!