Tech Trekker Alumnae STEM Scholarship

The Antelope Valley Branch sends middle school girls to a one-week summer residential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) camp, called Tech Trek. See the Tech Trek section.

In order to continue to encourage Tech Trekkers to major STEM subjects and to consider a STEM related career, in 2013 we began offering a $1,000 scholarship to previous Antelope Valley Tech Trekkers, who

  • have just graduated from high school and have been accepted at a college or university to major in a STEM field, or
  • have finished their freshman year in college and are majoring in a STEM field.

2020 AAUW CA AV Branch Tech Trek Scholarship Recipients

CANDICE GELUZ – 2020 Tech Trek Grad

  • Scholarship funded by the Kiwanis of Palmdale West
  • 2015 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • Graduated from Palmdale High School Health Careers Academy
  • Will major in Animal Health Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

KAITLYN McCHRISTIAN – 2020 Tech Trek Grad

  • Scholarship funded by Assistance League Antelope Valley
  • 2015 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • Graduated from Quartz Hill High School
  • Will major in Biology & Physiology at San Francisco State University

PAOLA SANCHEZ – 2020 Tech Trek Grad

  • Scholarship funded by Lockheed Martin
  • 2015 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • Graduated from Quartz Hill High School
  • Will major in Biology & Physiology at San Francisco State University

TIFFANY BENEVIDES – 2020 Tech Trek Grad

  • Scholarship funded by Lockheed Martin
  • 2015 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • Graduated from Quartz Hill High School
  • Will major in Chemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

 

2019

 

CINDY ELIZABETH PINEDA – 2019 Tech Trek Grad

  • Scholarship funded by the Kiwanis of Palmdale West
  • 2014 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • Graduated with honors from Antelope Valley High School
  • Will major in Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis

KAYLEEN MOUA – 2019 Tech Trek Grad

  • Scholarship funded by Assistance League Antelope Valley
  • 2014 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • Graduated with honors from Eastside HS
  • Will attend AV College, then transfer to a university
  • Will major in biology

2018

ASENIQ SHAHID-WILLIAMS

  • 2013 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • graduated from Pete Knight High school
  • was a junior and senior counselor for several years at three Tech Trek camps

Will attend UCLA and major in forensic science

 

ANNA PEDERSEN

  • 2013 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker
  • graduated from Quartz Hill High School
  • was a junior counselor several years at UCSB
  • Will major in applied physics at UC Santa Barbara

eventually get her PhD

 

 

SOPHIA QUIROZ

  • 2013 UC Irvine Tech Trekker
  • graduated valedictorian from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy
  • was a junior counselor several years at UC Irvine
  • will attend UCLA for pre-med studies

will become a medical doctor

 

 


2017

Rthura Cevallos, a 2012 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker. She graduated from Pete Knight High School. She will attend UC Irvine to major in Biological Sciences.

Samara Suzette Imbeah, a 2012 UC Irvine Tech Trekker. She graduated from Quartz Hill High School. She will attend Cornell University to major in Mechanical Engineering.

 


2016

Tiffany Benavides 2016Tiffany Benavides, a 2011 UC Santa Barbara Tech Trekker, is the 2016 Antelope Valley Tech Trek Grad scholarship recipient.

She has made the Dean’s list at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, and was accepted into an Honor Society.

 

 


2015

2015-Tech-Trek-Graduate-Scholarship-Susan-ChorSusan Chor, a 2010 Tech Trekker at Whittier College, is the 2015 scholarship recipient.

She is a pre-med student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her goal is to become an epidemiologist and do research at the Center for Disease Control.

 


2014

PhoebeCoyThe 2014 scholarship recipient is Phoebe Coy. She was a Tech Trekker at Cal State Fresno in 2009.

She is beginning her freshman year at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is majoring in mathematics.

 

 


2013

JessicaPfefferThe first recipient of this scholarship is 2007 Whittier College Tech Trekker Jessica Pfeffer.

I graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. While I attended Georgia Tech I interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Denver, Colorado. I remember touring JPL as a Tech Trek field trip! I started a full-time job as a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company about six months ago. I work in our Deep Space Exploration division and I work on the Mission Operations teams for the MAVEN and Juno spacecrafts. I really enjoy my job so far. I am continuously grateful for my Tech Trek experiences and how much it encouraged and inspired me to pursue an education and career in a STEM field. While in college I was actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers chapter at Georgia Tech and would often volunteer at middle and high school outreach events similar to Tech Trek.