Local Education Scholarships

Local Education Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of our members and friends and sound fiscal management, the Northwest Valley branch is able to offer scholarships to local women enrolled, and in good standing as sophomores, juniors or seniors, at a two or four-year accredited institution of higher education.  The application process is competitive and draws quality submissions. Each student will receive $1,000 per semester renewable for two additional years.

Current branch scholarship recipients are:

Amanda Acuna ASU
Anaiah Craig Glendale CC
Alexandria Herring ASU
Holly McCutcheon Estrella Mountain CC/ASU
Karley Mellberg ASU
Trinity Morgan Glendale CC/NAU

Chyna Rendon                                              ASU

Bio of Anaiah Craig, one of our newest scholarship recipients:

As an early high school graduate in December 2019, I started my first semester of college at GCC- while my peers were working to complete their last semester of high school. To achieve this goal, I maintained a 3.6 GPA in high school and was accepted to Glendale Community College as an honor’s student. As an honor’s student and early high school graduate, I completed my first semester of college in May 2020 with a 4.0 grade point average. Further, I completed my first college summer session and maintained the 4.0 cumulative GPA. As a community volunteer, I have worked in early childhood development as Playologist for Phoenix Children’s Museum. Further, I have volunteered at the St. Mary’s Food Bank to pack food lunch boxes for children who qualified for free and reduced lunch at their summer programs. And finally, I have volunteered at the Thunderbird Park and Recreation Rio Vista to encourage physical activity for children.

Some of my goals are to maintain honor student status as a college student, obtain my Associates Degree in nutrition, and transfer to ASU to complete my bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Ultimately, I want to work as a Nutritionist in a child-centered facility like a Children’s Hospital or pediatric facility or school system.  As a child focused nutritionist, I will bring all my volunteer passions together: early childhood development, food adequacy and nutrition; and health activity for kids.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, traveling, or journaling. I also have a passion for dancing, I have been involved in dance since age two and it provides a creative and freeing feeling. I love to participate in dance classes or even make my own routines. Last, I have always been a creative person. Currently, I am trying to learn how to sew. I also make my own journals and scrapbooks. Overall, I am proud of what I have accomplished; and I cannot wait to see what I will achieve in the future!

Bio of Trinity Morgan, our other new scholarship recipient:

My name is Trinity Morgan and I am entering the nursing concurrent enrollment program at GCC and NAU. I graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in 2018 and immediately entered GCC on the President’s Honors Scholarship. My current academic goal is to graduate with my Bachelors degree in nursing and a certificate in language studies/Deaf studies. In the future, I hope to attain a master’s degree in either Anesthesiology or Nursing Administration and an associate degree in interpreting. I have always had a passion for health, wellness, and all things academic. It is my belief that learning never ends and that all knowledge should be applied to better improve our communities. These beliefs have lead me to pursue my passion for healthcare and language so that I can help to bridge the communication gaps between medical staff and the deaf community while working to improve the health of our community as a whole. Aside from academics and healthcare, I’ve been very active in politics since I was young.  I currently serve as a Maricopa County Precinct Committeewoman and I have worked for many campaigns and political groups as a data entry clerk and canvasser. Through my political efforts, I was also able to attend a leadership conference in Washington D.C. and personally meet some of our congressmen and women. Armed with a rich start on my experiences, I’m excited to see where my passion for knowledge and desire to help will take me.

UPDATE FROM AMANDA ACUNA

Last semester, as you know, we finished the academic year with virtual classes.  Lectures were given over Zoom (video conference).  It was helpful when professors had a sense of humor about it.  My Cognitive Neuroscience professor lectured about neural oscillations (brain waves) as a cartoon pickle:  apparently there is a filter in the software that superimposes your face onto different cartoon shapes.  I am unsure if I will be attending classes in person or via Zoom this upcoming semester.  We have been told that there are plenty of options, but specifics will come from the professors in the next few weeks.  I am also a student at Barrett, the Honors College and will be defending my thesis this upcoming semester.  My thesis explores some of the biological mechanisms underlying depression and how these mechanisms may be sex-dependent. 

ASU is taking student health and safety seriously so access to research labs is extremely limited, particularly to undergraduate students.  This makes completing a thesis project a bit more interesting.  I have completed enough to have a project to defend regardless but it has been quite strange to depart from the lab so abruptly!  I’ve been catching up on work this summer and probably eating far too many baked goods for my own good.  I’m looking forward to the challenge of this upcoming semester (my senior year!) even if it is going to be an exercise in flexibility and dealing with the unknown.

Thank you – and everyone at AAUW – for continuing to support us.

Best Wishes and Health,

Amanda

We maintain each scholar for three years, adding new scholars as openings occur.

Please contact Lu Marchese, AAUW NWV Scholarship chair for more information.