The 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. In the past few years awards have ranged from $500 – $2,000.

Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to:

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

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

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic progress
  • Financial need
  • Description of goals
  • Volunteer activities
  • Letters of reference

Applications for 2019 are now open.  All applications are due no later than April 9, 2019.  The application form for 2019 scholarships can be downloaded here: AAUW ScholarApp 2019 copy

We suggest consulting these Tips for Successful Scholarship Applications before you complete this or any other scholarship application. They are based on feedback from reviewers of scholarship applications in previous years.  Download the tips here: scholarapptips

For further information please contact Mary Alice Chisholm, or Suzy Reynolds , Scholarship Co-Chairs.


The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Atascadero AAUW awarded two scholarships in 2018. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for these two recipients to continue working toward their educational goals.

Mary Alice Chishom and Suzy Reynolds,  Scholarship Co-Chairs

Our annual scholarship was awarded to Mary Lopez-Isidro, a former Tech Trek camper who is a fourth year student in microbiology at UC Santa Barbara. Mary was also a 2017 recipient of this scholarship.

Our second award was a one-time scholarship in honor of Margaret Doherty, specifically designated for an applicant studying Early Childhood Education. The recipient for this “Margaret Doherty Scholarship” is Uzma Jahanzeb, who is in her second year at Cuesta College, studying Early Childhood Education.