AAUW Port Townsend to send three girls to summer tech camp
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Nonprofit branch to give scholarshipsPORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend branch of the American Association of University Women will hand out more than $20,000 in scholarships, including the $9,000 Elmira K. Beyer Endowed Scholarship, on Saturday.
The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Current and prospective members are welcome, and the public is invited to attend.
Recipients of the scholarships are women returning to college, graduating high school senior girls and high school students who excel in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — subjects.
The main focus of the program will be the presentation of the AAUW University Women’s Foundation Elmira K. Beyer Endowed Scholarship to one of four finalists.
All four are women who plan to return to an accredited educational institution in the fall.
In addition to the Beyer full-tuition scholarship, each of the three runners up will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.
One of the $2,500 scholarships will come from the endowment fund, the other two from non-endowed funds.
One graduating senior girl from each of the Chimacum and Port Townsend high schools will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Winners of the high school STEM awards are to be announced.
Each of the nine STEM award winners will receive a $100 gift certificate.
Middle school representatives of the Tech Trek weeklong summer camp will be introduced.
Proceeds from AAUW’s annual Kitchen Tour, which was held April 26, help fund the scholarships as well as AAUW programs in area schools.
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At Tech Trek at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma in July, incoming eighth-grade girls will learn about science, technology, engineering and math — career areas in which women are typically underrepresented, according to Carol Colley, spokeswoman for the Port Townsend AAUW.
Teachers at public schools have nominated girls who exhibit a particular interest in science and math.
The applicants will be interviewed. Winners selected for camp scholarships will be announced at the Port Townsend AAUW meeting Saturday.
Sixty incoming eighth-grade girls from throughout the state will be chosen for the camp sponsored by AAUW-Washington.
Research sponsored by AAUW shows that middle school girls who lack encouragement, challenge and role models in STEM subjects may not continue to pursue those areas in high school and college, Colley said.
As a remedy, Tech Trek was started in 1998 at Stanford University to serve 150 California middle school girls. The program has grown and now serves 800 girls a year.
The upcoming camp will be the second sponsored by the statewide AAUW, which is seeking tax-deductible donations to cover local scholarships.
A $10 donation pays for workshop/mini-lab supplies for one camper, $50 pays for all classroom materials for one camper, $100 pays for field trip transportation for two campers, and $1,000 would pay for a full scholarship for one local girl.
To donate, write a check to University Women's Foundation, or UWF, designating Tech Trek on the memo line and mail to AAUW/UWF, P.O. Box 644, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
UWF is the Port Townsend branch's 501(c)(3) tax-deductible public charity. A tax receipt will be mailed to all donors.
For more information, phone Jane Macnab Dow at 360-379-9325 or Elizabeth Crouch at 360-390-8645.
Last modified: May 13. 2014 5:49PM