AAUW Longmont’s Scholarships

Since 1952, our Branch has awarded $76,805 in 93 scholarships.  Our giving started with one $50 scholarship to one Longmont High School graduating senior girl and has continued to grow …

Today, the purpose of these scholarships administered by the Longmont Community Foundation is to provide funding to encourage women to pursue higher education in order to increase their ability to have a positive impact in their field and community, including women returning to school to update.

For information contact Bev Schrenk, 303-772-7987, beverly.schrenk@comcast.net.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

AAUW Longmont is pleased to announce $3,000 has been awarded to 2 outstanding college students.

Ashley Livingstone is pursuing a degree in Construction Management at Colorado State University and was awarded a  $1,500 scholarship this year.  She is a recognized leader in Women in Construction programs as well as her sorority and really wants to make a difference in her community.  She recognizes this scholarship as a vote of confidence to make that happen. “Being a woman in a male dominated field is incredibly hard but having supporters in my corner encouraging me make it easier to persevere.”   Ashley’s thank you message gives more insights to her programs and challenges.

Mohika Nagpal was not able to join us at Spring Fling this year because she was finishing up her 1st year of medical school at the University of Michigan.  She received a $1,500 scholarship.  Many of our members met Mohika at last year’s Spring Fling and found her to be a very inviting young women.  In Mohika’s thank you letter, she shares that “receiving this scholarship from the AAUW Scholarship Fund  aligns very strongly with my motives for entering medicine in the first place: to empower and support women in higher education …        I  feel grateful to still be engaged with my hometown and receiving opportunities like this reassures me that my home team still has my back.”

2022 Scholarship Recipients

AAUW Longmont is pleased to announce its scholarship recipients for the year.  Together they received $3,500 in scholarships.

Sreeya Kairamkonda is currently a Junior at Colorado State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences.  After graduating, she hopes to go to medical school and become an OBGYN.  Throughout her time at CSU, Sreeya has been heavily involved with different activities on campus including working in a lab focused on DNA replication and creating Club Heartbeat whose members play music for residents in hospitals and retirement homes.  She is passionate about creating safe and welcoming STEM environments for everyone.  Sreeya is involved in Sigma Pi Meitnerium, a national organization for women in chemistry and involved in their scholarship, mentoring and diversity dialogues focused on high school girls and those in marginalized communities.  She is dedicated to reaching her goals and focusing on her passions.  Sreeya was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Emmelia Ashton the Colorado School of Mines and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.  She is active in the Undergraduate Student Government, Society of Women Engineers, Colorado School of Mines Materials Advantage Chapter, and plays Women’s Club Rugby.  Emmelia is a research associate on the Transdisciplinary Nanostructured Materials Research Team, where she is a project lead on a research project involving Iron-Nitrogen magnetic nanomaterials.  She currently works with a team of engineers to design and implement a projector system utilizing a Raspberry Pi4B interface and solar power to bring enhanced educational tools into refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, promoting educational equity for women.  In her free time, she enjoys being active outside, reading, cooking, the arts, and finding ways to help others through volunteer service.  Emmelia received a $1,000 scholarship.

Emily Sanchez is a Junior at Harvard University studying Integrative Biology and Global Health and Health Policy.  She is involved in conducting research on health disparities of rheumatic diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and is the leader of the Pre-College Research Institute and the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference with Harvard’s Latinas Unidas.  Emily is passionate about mentoring first generation low income and underserved high school students through organizations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Harvard pre-orientation First-Year Retreat and Experience program.  Emily previously interned for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and will be working full-time as a global health consultant for McKinsey and Company after graduation with the ultimate goal of attending medical school.  As a Colorado native, Emily enjoys being outdoors, hiking, running, and biking for fun.  Emily was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 AAUW Longmont scholarship recipients, each receiving a $1,500 award.

Sydney Bell currently attends the Colorado School of Mines and is working toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She strives to be an example for girls to pursue careers in underrepresented fields and recorded a video to promote Energy Academy at Mead High School.  Sydney is a regular volunteer at OUR Center in Longmont and has worked as a lifeguard at the Longmont Recreation Center and King Soopers, where she filled and delivered orders for customers not comfortable shopping after the pandemic shutdown.  In her spare time, she loves to waterski and be outdoors.  She is involved in the Society of Women Engineers as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  

Aurora Rangel is a graduate of Frederick High School where she excelled in the Biomed Science Academy.  Her mother’s struggle with cancer solidified her plans to attend Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles to study nursing. She considered attending medical school but prefers the contact with patients and their families and making a difference in their lives.  Aurora’s volunteer focus has been significant.  During the pandemic, she created a free, after school math tutoring program for the Frederick K-8 and middle schools and previously had created literacy kits for low-income preschoolers, designed the slideshow for Boulder County’s Relay for Life and much more.  Aurora serves as a counselor at Camp Kesem which serves children of parents with cancer and routinely raises funds for vaccination and first-responder programs.    During high school, she also participated in volleyball, Key Club, National Honor Society, and Link Crew.


In our recipients own words …

Sydney Blackburn, “I have always wanted to be a teacher and find unimaginable joy in being able to influence …”

Annie Birkeland, I want to “be an advocate for linguistic minorities and marginalized persons in society.”

Kendra Brown, “My goal is to become a DNA analyst, not only to solve crimes but to continue to change the stigma that science is only for males.”

Elizabeth McNichols, “Inspired by my mother’s loss of hearing”, I’m pursuing my doctorate to help others avoid what me family went through.