Seaside AAUW first began offering a $300 scholarship to women in 1990. In 2005 we applied for and were granted 501(c)3 status through the state and federal governments. Since we first started, more than 35 women and girls have been recipients of scholarships through our branch totaling over $30,000 and growing every year. Currently we offer three types of scholarships honoring local women or girls and those helping to break traditional barriers for women.
At the present time, we offer one or more scholarships each year (up to $2000) to a local female returning to school after an absence of five years and who is enrolled in a two or four year program. Applications are available on the web-site or through Clatsop Community College.
For the past two years, we have provided the June Stromberg Scholarship of $1000 to a graduating Seaside High School student who is the first female in her family to go to college.
Applications for this scholarship are available through the counseling office of Seaside High School.
This past academic year we also awarded a $500 ”Breaking Barriers Award” to a graduating female who demonstrated her ability to break barriers for women and girls through academia, community service and by achieving unique goals. Plans are underway to continue the recognition of a student, community member and/or educator who has broken barriers or helped students to achieve beyond the ordinary. Criteria for this award is listed on the Breaking Barriers Award Nomination form.
Fund raising events are held throughout the year. For example, we plan to repeat last spring’s successful Fashion Show honoring the local “Breaking Barriers Award” winner, showing current styles, featuring local women and girls, and recognizing businesses in the area who cater to the fashion and clothing needs of women and girls.
We accept tax-deductible donations throughout the year. If you would like to help us with this important work, checks may be made out to Seaside AAUW Scholarship Foundation and mailed to PO Box 693, Seaside, OR 97138.