The Anacortes Branch of the American Association of University Women was chartered April 26, 1956 with twenty-two members. At that time, membership rules stated that a member must have a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. At the first meeting, which took place in a member’s home, it was stated that one of the main purposes was to keep its members informed on local, national, and international affairs. They pledged to support the National AAUW Fellowship Fund which provided scholarships for both national and international students. Their early fundraisers were children’s plays and profits went to both National AAUW and to a girl graduating from Anacortes High School. Other early activities were a Mother/Daughter tea held at AHS for junior and senior girls – the speakers were recent graduates of Washington’s five major colleges, with the purpose of encouraging the girls to attend college.
At the present time, we have about forty members. Our monthly meetings are open to the public, and we feature speakers who keep us informed of local, national and international affairs. During the summer we have casual events in lieu of general meetings.
We offer scholarships to local women who are attending college and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) awards to Anacortes High School girls who plan to pursue a STEM career. Our branch also solicits funds from local business donors to send girls from area middle schools to Tech Trek Camp.
Every year we organize fundraisers to generate money for scholarships, STEM awards and Tech Trek. In 2021 we organized a Mermen Contest to select 12 local mermen to ride on a float in the 4th of July Parade and appear in a calendar. In December we will offer a Jingle All the Way Scavenger Hunt.
Since 1988 we have awarded over $92,000 in scholarships and almost $29,000 in STEM awards for a total of $121,500.
We also sponsor candidate forums, and we attend the Washington State AAUW Convention every other year to keep up with what is happening at the State level.
Membership is open to anyone with a two-year associate’s degree or higher. To inquire about joining AAUW contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or fill out the membership application:
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Student Affiliation is open to anyone who does not already hold an undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a two-or four-year regionally accredited educational institution.
College/University Partner Membership is open to regionally accredited educational institutions, including two-year or community colleges.
AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
Because AAUW is a 501(c)(4) charitable membership organization, most of your national dues are tax deductible on your personal federal income tax return. Our branch is affiliated with the Anacortes Schools Foundation in order to offer tax deductions for scholarship donations.
Current dues are $90 per year allocated for the national ($62), state ($10) and local ($18) levels to support our goals and activities.