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AAUW Awards Nine Science Grants

Rotary Club is top donor in 2010

AAUW’s Tech Trek scholarship recipients: front, Malia Helms, Lilly Tabrizi and Lauren Thunen; back, Iman Berri, Hannah Neill, Molly McMillen, and Skye Hendricks; inset, Hailey McCullough and Kaitlan Armstrong.

For the past four years, the American Association of University Women Laguna Beach Branch has appealed to the community to help fund scholarships for female students of Thurston Middle School to attend AAUW’s Tech Trek summer science camps on college campuses.

This year, thanks in part to a grant from Laguna’s Rotary Club, which sponsored two young women, AAUW-LB awarded a record number of scholarships last month. Other sponsors were the UCI Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, Beach Cities LeTip, the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society, and members Patricia Griggs, Barbara Hamkalo, Elaine Lawson and Bana Hilal.  The balance of the scholarship funding was from proceeds of AAUW fundraising events. 

Malia Helms, Lilly Tabrizi, and Lauren Thunen will attend the UC San Diego camp July 10-16;  while Kaitlan Armstrong, Iman Berri, Skye Hendricks, Hailey McCullough, Molly McMillen and Hannah Neill will attend camp at UC Irvine July 17-23. 

The one-week residential camps offer hands-on science experience in a university setting and a chance to interact with like-minded incoming eighth-graders and professional women. 

Follow-up surveys show that the Tech Trek experience influences the number of AP courses students are likely to take in high school.

For more information about Tech Trek visit www.aauw-lagunabeach.org or call Barbara Hamkalo at 494-4185.

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