New 2018 Scholarship Information



   The AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation, through our fundraising efforts, gives out yearly scholarships to students of

  • Laguna Beach High School
  • Dana Hills High School (new this year)
  • Saddleback College (designated for Women Returning to College)
  • Orange Coast College (also designated for Women Returning to College)
  • Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD)
  • UCI (designated for students in a STEM program).  

   This year we also gave out 3 scholarships for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) to students at Orange Coast College and LCAD.

Nancy Lawrence & Miriam Kranser, Scholarships Co-Chairs, with recipients.

Three graduating seniors were called to the stage to receive $1000 each for AAUW-LB scholarships on Friday, June 8, during the Laguna Beach High School Honors Convocation.

MAKENA AUGENSTEIN has dreamed of becoming an emergency room physician since childhood.  In her junior year, she enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician class, received the EMT national certificate and states “This was the most influential class I have ever taken.”  It focused her on her chosen career as did her many hours of community service at Mission Hospital and an elder care center. She finds ambulances and emergency rooms an exciting environment and wants to help people.

LINA GLEIZER is a scholar athlete with an interest in Law.  She has been fascinated with psychology and languages and grew up in a bi-lingual household.
She writes “My fascination with how people think, communicate and express themselves in different languages has inspired me to pursue a combined
degree in Psychology, Spanish and Russian.”  She hopes to attend Law school, with a possible concentration in immigration law.

ISABEL RICHES is planning to attend Brown with a major in Pre-Med and Spanish.  She holds dual citizenship with the UK and because she is recognized as an outstanding water polo player and will train in Europe for the European Union Youth World Championships. 

 Her sister, who also played water polo, was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes and longed to be able to continue the sport. To help her sister, Isabel designed a waterproof support for her life saving glucose monitor which allowed her to play water contact sports again and lifted her spirits.  It has been granted a provisional patent and is named Aquabetic CGM collar.


      Nancy Lawrence, Sophia, and Miriam

AAUW-LB is pleased to award our first scholarship at Dana Hills High School for $1000 to Sophia La Voie.  Our scholarship committee was impressed by her hard work, determination and positive attitude towards school and her future.  She credits her encouraging family and AVID, the Dana Hills High program which helps students overcome obstacles and prepare for college, with her being the first in her family to attend college.  She plans to go to Saddleback College.

   At the Senior Awards Night, which Nancy Lawrence and I attended, Sophia was recognized as a Scholar of Academic Distinction and also received the Capistrano Unified Seal of Bi-literacy given to students who are proficient in two or more languages.

by Miriam Kranser, Scholarship Co-Chair

  • Saddleback College Scholarship Winners





Nancy Lawrence, AAUW-LB Scholarships Co-chair, Angelica Galvan, Scholarship Recipient, Miriam Kranser, AAUW-LB Scholarships Co-chair
Colette Hance, Scholarship Recipient