American Association of University Women Community Service Scholarship Available Online, Deadline March 7

By Lynda Leonard

Attention Lamorinda parents and their daughters who are seniors graduating from Miramonte, Acalanes, or Campolindo High Schools: Applications for an AAUW-OML scholarship are available now online at the organization’s website, oml-ca.aauw.net. Three scholarships are offered each year to high school girls: one $5,000 award and two for $1,000 each. The deadline to apply is March 7, 2017. Additionally, a fourth scholarship of $5,000 is awarded for graduate work to a senior from Saint Mary’s College. The deadline for that application, also available online, is March 14, 2017.

The members of the Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch of AAUAW look forward each year to studying the submissions and to beginning the selection process. The focus of the application is on community service, and the applicant is asked to reflect on her experiences and achievements. It’s exciting to see how these young women live their lives and to learn about their interests, their choices of community service, and their academic achievements.

The applicants reflect on what they have learned from their experience. One girl wrote, “I had entered Girls Who Code believing the most important skills I would learn would be technical skills, but the importance of asking questions and engaging with my students became the defining theme of the club. I learned to adapt my plans and to focus on engaging with the girls.”

Another said, “Working with special needs children has taught me that understanding the painful place someone comes from can lead to healthier relations void of blind blame and hasty generalizations.” The world could use more thinking like that.

It’s tough selecting the best of the best among these talented young people, but it is rewarding ­– and very important – to recognize a young woman for her unique contribution to the Lamorinda community. We have some remarkable young women growing up amongst us, and we encourage them to continue reaching out, engaging with their community, and leaving their footprint! We will honor the recipients of the scholarships at an awards celebration on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

AAUW, established in 1881, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. It is open to everyone with an Associate Degree or higher and visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information, visit the website at oml-ca.aauw.net.

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