Focus on Scholarships

The AAUW-LB Scholarship Committee, chaired by Miriam Kranser and Nancy Lawrence, has been expanding. For many years both Miriam and Nancy have attended the scholarship ceremonies at Laguna Beach High School and Saddleback College to award the scholarships. The UCI scholarship for returning women is coordinated by Barbara Hamkalo. Recently the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) scholarship has been added, and Lesley Danziger coordinates it. Last year we sent a representative from LCAD and from Orange Coast College to this national leadership conference at the University of Maryland.

   All scholarships are funded through the AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, our 501c3 public charity.



Nancy Lawrence and Madeleine Peterson attended the Laguna Beach High School to award the AAUW-LB Scholarships.

Three LBHS seniors were each awarded $1000 AAUW Laguna Beach scholarships at the annual Convocation held June 9 at the Artists Theater.  The scholarships are based on financial need, academic effort, activities and goals.  The following were selected out of 30 applicants by our scholarship committee.  Their pictures are coming to our website soon.

KADEN MATHESON  – History has always commanded Kaden’s attention since she was first introduced to the subject. In high school she took every AP history class she could.  She became especially interested in women’s history, which inspired her to join Half the Sky Club, an organization dedicated to providing education to women in underprivileged countries.  Her goal is to pursue a career in law.

ISABELLA MUSIO – This student writes, “In ten years from now, I am going to be a trauma surgeon.”  As a youngster, Isabella was fascinated by cells, organs and anatomy.  She did not shy away from examining a pig’s brain in fifth grade as did some of her classmates.  She welcomed the opportunity to try out a career in medicine at a special summer program for high school students at UCI, which reinforced her decision.

OLIVIA VERA – A scholar-athlete, Olivia’s goals include earning a degree in mathematics and international relations.  Active in Half the Sky Club, she believes mathematics greatly impacts the effect of international relations.  She writes, “Living with a host family for a summer in France, studying Spanish for four years and participation in the Model United Nations high school program has inspired me to view the world from a global perspective.”

   Many thanks to our AAUW-LB scholarship committee:  Stephanie Cunningham, Barbara Goffman, Nancy Lawrence and Marie Tippets.

Submitted by Miriam Kranser, Scholarship Chair