AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In support of this mission, the Atascadero Branch of AAUW awards scholarships, annually to women who have completed one year or more of college at an accredited institution.

Eligibility for the scholarships is limited to:

Residents of Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Templeton, or Paso Robles;                                        Members of Atascadero AAUW;  and                                                                                     Women who have graduated from one of these local high schools now living out of the area to attend school.

Applicants may be women at all levels of higher education. Women pursuing degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields are especially encouraged to apply.

The Application Form and instructions will be available on this page after September 15, 2015.

For further information please contact Jeanne Miller, Scholarship Chair –


Kaye Rasband, Scholarship Chair, would like to give a big thank you to Susan Miller, Kate Rikel and Jeanne Miller for serving on the committee that chose the two scholarship recipients for this year. The committee agreed to award two excellent candidates, Aline Deluca and Anita Jankovitz, $3000 each! The young women both graduated from Atascadero High School in 2013. They both have shown great dedication to their studies, volunteer activities, and achieved academic honors.

Aline Deluca AAUW Scholarship PhotoAline is studying at UCLA and plans on getting her BA in Sociology in 2017. She intends to go on for a law degree and focus her career on social justice issues. She is especially interested in being a human rights advocate for women and children. Aline is spending this quarter studying abroad – five weeks studying in Paris and five weeks studying in London!

Annie Jankovitz AAUW Scholarship PhotoAnita is completing her AA degree in Liberal Arts at Cuesta College this semester. She will transfer to UCSB in September 2015 and plans on completing her BA in Psychology in 2017. Anita was an intern for the Wellness Center at AHS during her senior year. While attending Cuesta full-time, she was hired as an intern by SLO County Behavioral Health Prevention Division, to work in a program for middle school youth.





The Scholarship Committee met and unanimously selected three, very worthy recipients for 2014-2015 awards. Two of the ladies selected, Kathrin Simpson and Angela Baca, are residents of Paso Robles. They are both working on obtaining an RN degree from Cuesta College. The third, Ellen Davis, a resident of Atascadero, is receiving a scholarship for the second time from our branch. A sophomore at UC Davis, Ellen is majoring in Product and Industrial Design. All three were very grateful to be chosen and appreciate the support from Atascadero AAUW! Many thanks to the thoughtful selection committee: Judie Magonacelaya, Marika Williams, Diane O’Neil and Shirley Summers.

Kaye Rasband — Scholarship Chair


Angie Baca

Angela is in her last year of the Nursing Program at Cuesta College and plans to graduate in 2015.  She is passionate about her nursing education and plans on becoming an RB.  Staying in the local area and giving back to the community is an important goal for her.  She wants to specialize in the areas of natural health and well being.

Katie Simpson

Katie is starting her second year as a nursing student at Cuesta College and reports that she is loving every minute of the journey.  Nursing will give her the opportunity to be a patient advocate and provide total patient care. Her career goal is to eventually transition into a Nurse Practitioner program.  She is a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society as well as the Golden Key Club.



ellen davis

Ellen, an engineering student, is beginning her third year at UC Davis.  She recently has decided to major in Product and Industrial Design.  In the field of design, she can work hands on in a variety of environments to improve existing products and create new ones.  She practices leadership skills by participating in many campus service projects and organizations.