Scholarships and Awards

Shown below are the April 2014 Awards Ceremony speaker, Dr. Marinda Wu, and the four 2014 scholarship recipients: a St. Mary’s College senior and three Lamorinda high school students. The Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette branch of AAUW awarded $11,600 in scholarships to these worthy young women.


praOn May 3rd our Scholarship Committee hosted a Princeton Review Assessment workshop at the Moraga Library. AAUW has partnered with Princeton Review to allow high school students to take a practice test which combines elements of both the SAT and the ACT. This allows the students to compare results and help them decide if they should take one test or the other when applying for college. This test practice also gives them a chance to increase their confidence in their test taking skills.

A scores-back strategy session was held on May 17, 2014, so that these test takers and their parents could pick up their scores, get answers to questions, and explore techniques to increase scores. Proceeds from the workshops go directly to AAUW’s Scholarship Committee to enable them to award scholarships every year to Lamorinda’s three high schools and St. Mary’s College. The group will sponsor its next assessment workshop in January 2015.

AAUW-OML Scholarships and Awards

The Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette branch of AAUW awards:

  • A $5000 scholarship and two $800 runners-up scholarships to senior women from the local high schools: Miramonte in Orinda, Campolindo in Moraga, and Acalanes in Lafayette
  • A $5000 scholarship to one senior woman from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga

The AAUW is dedicated to making a positive impact on our local and global community by promoting education, empowering women and girls, and by supporting personal and professional growth. Candidates should have demonstrated their commitment to our ideal. Recipients will receive recognition at the AAUW-OML Awards Celebration in April. Awardees will be expected to attend the meeting and give a brief speech about their accomplishments and aspirations. Scholarship checks are issued after proof of college registration is provided.

If you have questions, please contact the scholarship coordinators.

Gayle Uilkema’s Campaign Fund Donation
to AAUW-OML Scholarships for Women

The following is an excerpt from a letter from Carol T. Singer, Treasurer of long-time AAUW member and Contra Costa County Supervisor Gayle Uilkema:

Gayle Uilkema, Supervisor for District 2, Contra Costa County, passed away in May after serving on the Board of Supervisors for almost 16 years. In 2011 Gayle had announced her intention not to seek re-election to a fifth term on the board, beginning in January 2013.

Gayle had planned to take some time to pursue her personal life and perhaps then seek election to another office. When it became apparent that this would not happen, Gayle allocated her campaign funds to organizations in District 2. She was always very concerned about the needs of the people she represented, and she spent time considering where the funds might be most useful.

As Supervisor Uilkema’s campaign Treasurer, I am distributing her campaign funds in accordance with her wishes and with regard to State law governing the allocation of such funds. A check is enclosed to your organization. Gayle wished that these funds be used for local scholarships of $5,000 each for girls, graduate and undergraduate.

Carol T. Singer, Treasurer, Campaign to Re-elect Gayle Uilkema