AAUW Astoria 2022 Scholarship Award Announcement

This year the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Astoria has
awarded Rowan Fay a $3000 scholarship. Currently, she is a sophomore at
Oregon State University working toward undergraduate degrees in Ecological
Engineering and Sustainability. Her grade point is 3.84.

This past summer Rowan volunteered for Operation Wallacea an international
conservation organization whose goal is to conduct research that can be used to
pass legislation that protects natural resources. In a Mexican jungle, Fay
researched the impacts of severe droughts and flooding on the fauna and flora.
Then she snorkeled in Akumal Bay, a popular tourist destination, to determine
how the bay’s ecosystems benefitted from the lack of tourists during the
This summer Fay has secured an internship at Shenandoah National Park in
Virginia, working with the National Parks Service and the Ecological Society of
America to study the effects of climate change on populations of cold-water
trout. Her research on this topic will be presented at the Ecological Society ‘s
annual conference to be held in August. Fay has also worked with the Willamette
Watershed Council on a stream restoration project.

Rowan wants to work in the field of water restoration at the U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation or the Environment Protection Agency.



In 1958, the Educational Foundation was officially established to administer AAUW’s fellowship and grant programs, advancing educational and professional opportunities for women. The foundation also became the source for AAUW’s landmark research reports and more recently, the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund program.

Formerly, with a contribution of $500 or more to this fund, a branch could recognize members with a “named gift.”  In 1971, the branch recognized Josephine Swanson, Vera Gault, and Marjorie Halderman, who, as owners of the historic homes,  made the home tours possible.  In later years, the branch recognized Edna Packard, Jan Wellman, Barbara Engbretson Campbell, Phyllis Reuter, Bobbi Brice, Carol Barth, Toni Ihander,  Janet Weidman, Elaine Heck, Sandra Reinebach,  Arline LaMear,  Susi Brown, and Joanie Weatherly.

Local Scholarships

Beginning in 1992, the Astoria branch has given annual scholarships.

Prior recipients include Leah Johnson, Marty Barrows, Caroline Bricheux, Cindy Huddleston, Linden, Summer Lind, Debra Stewart, Yamilet Garcia, Veronica Russell, Nicole Pietka,
Evie Alburas, Crystal Earl, Julie Stumph, Kristine Murry, Allison Mattila, Betsy Barnes,
Sarah Salmonson, Laura Waight, Aellana Konstantinitas, Naomi Galbraith, Rosabel Perez,
Mary Ellen Thomas, Natalie Thomas, Jana Godwin, Jennifer Cerf, Rayna Goodwin, Kelly Wiegart, Jessica Hoffman, Amanda Bentley, Mykhol Estrada, Katelyn Bogh, Heidi Roberts.
Melanie Lessard, Bria Frech, Shelby Lofton, Abigail Zimmerman, April Eckhardt, Holly Eckhardt, Raylene McGuire, Mary Byes, Rebekah Cave, Darby Cullen, Liliana Diaz, Preciado Lyon,
Alex Lyon, Haley Werst, and Maritza Casarubbias.

In 2021 AAUW Astoria scholarship winners awarded $3000 each were
Amanda Arrington (Clatsop Community College) and Maggie Blaser (University of Oregon).