AAUW seeks to encourage young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The Lewis County Branch supports this goal by giving scholarships to middle and high school programs in the local area, as well as hosting “Expanding Your Horizons”, a half-day conference for middle school girls that is held each October at Centralia College.
In 2018 and 2019, we provided $1000 for scholarships which allowed 20 girls to attend STEM day camp at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.
Since 2017 we have supported GeoGirls, a week-long camp sponsored by Mt. St. Helens Institute for girls graduating from 7th and 8th grade. GeoGirls explore the volcano in their backyard, the hazards volcanoes pose to human populations, and the technology scientists use to monitor and learn about them. The camp is free to the girls because of funding provided by organizations like AAUW. Several young women from Lewis County have attended each year.
High school mentors who have graduated from grades 10-12, and female middle school science teachers may also apply to attend.