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Scholarship and Tech Trek Recipients

Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW Tech Trek girls from left to right: Jade Watson (Valley View Middle School), Bianca Lewis (Martinez Junior High), and Alison Stewart and Lilian Schrempf (Sequoia Middle School), Emilia Costa (Pleasant Hill Middle School) Avery Greenwood (Sequoia Middle School), and Diane Coventry (AAUW Tech Trek chairperson and Co-Director of Tech Trek Camp Sonoma, the camp our girls will attend).

Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW Local Scholarship recipients from left to right: Brianna Griffin (Alhambra High) and Rachel Snyder (Alhambra High), Tayler Hall and Carly Steele, (College Park). Not pictured: Jessica McCauley (Alhambra High).


Scholarship and Tech Trek Recipients

Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW Awardees


At the Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW (American Association of University Women) June Brunch, scholarship awards were presented to local High School seniors and middle school girls. College scholarships were awarded to five students from local high schools, and six girls from local middle schools who will attend the AAUW Tech Trek camp. Each recipient was honored by members, family, and friends.

Five very deserving high school seniors were recognized for excelling in their high school years, not only with excellent grades, but also in community service and leadership ability. They were each awarded a $1,000 AAUW scholarship in recognition of their achievements. This year’s recipients of Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW scholarships are Tayler Hall and
Carly Steele from College Park High School, and Jessica McCauley, Brianna Griffin and Rachel Snyder from Alhambra High School.

In the Fall, Tayler is going to Boston University with a major in biology, and Carly is headed to San Diego State majoring in sustainability.  Jessica will attend Oregon State University and will be studying chemical engineering.  Brianna is off to UC Santa Barbara, majoring in mathematical sciences, and Rachel will attend UCLA with a major in biochemistry/chemistry.

Pleasant Hill-Martinez AAUW strongly supports the Local Scholarship Fund in many ways with several fundraisers including their Silent Coffee Klatch, AAUW/Macy’s Fashion Show, proceeds from attending a DVC musical performance, and their grand Slammer Bridge group as well as individual member donations.

Tech Trek STEM Science and Math camp for girls, a program of AAUW California, was established 21 years ago and aims to encourage girls who will be entering eighth grade in the fall to consider careers in science, math, engineering, or technology. It features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on a university campus where camps are held. Campers will be exposed to evening programs in fields such as astronomy, engineering, chemistry, marine biology, and environmental studies to enhance their learning experience and introduce the students to a variety of potential career areas.

They have chosen the following girls from the local Pleasant Hill and Martinez schools:

Bianca Lewis from Martinez Junior High, Emilia Costa from Pleasant Hill Middle School, Jade Watson from Valley View Middle School, and three girls from Sequoia Middle School, Avery Greenwood, Lilian Schrempf, and Alison Stewart. Congratulations to these girls.

The Tech Trek program is supported and funded by members and local organizations which include grants from Shell Oil, the Martinez Kiwanis Club, and the Martinez Rotary, as well as fundraising events such as Bowling Blast,  AAUW/Macy’s Fashion Show and proceeds from attending a DVC play performance and individual member donations.