About AAUW

The mission of the American Association of University Women is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

AAUW Puyallup Valley Branch supports this mission by partnering with AAUW and our local school districts to identify outstanding young women in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and to provide them with public recognition and reward for their achievements through the following programs:

Teck Trek is a week-long science and math summer camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in middle school girls from our area who are interested in STEM: science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  The goal is to encourage young women to continue with STEM studies in high school and hopefully advance into STEM careers.

High School Scholars Project  gives recognition to female High School Juniors from Bonney Lake, Chief Leschi,  Emerald Ridge, Fife, Orting, Puyallup, Rogers and Sumner for outstanding achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  One will be awarded $1000 this year as the Gwen Fletcher scholarship.  A reception held in May gives these students an opportunity to thank their mentors and families and to receive recognition from their peers and our AAUW membership.

2019 Junior Girls High School Scholars Award Recipients in Math and Science


Dharma Shah 2019 AAUW Gwen Fletcher Memorial SeniorScholorship Award Recipient Pictured with her parents and AAUW Member Sandy Goelzer


The Innovative Teaching Grant for 2018-19 was awarded to the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. The grant rotates each year so all our schools benefit. Patty O’Malley, a STEM Instructional Specialist, submitted a proposal to fund 5 Pocket Labs for use in the 9 Sumner elementary schools (K-5). The Pocket labs will be used within the district’s STEM Specialist Classrooms. The STEM specialists work with all the students in a school building including special education and developmental learning center students.  The pocket labs can be used in all grades to explore a multitude of topics, activities, and investigations.

Patty O’Malley Pictured with AAUW Member Florence Vining