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.  During Covid we have an online presentation for the Jr Girl Awardees.

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


 AAUW Gwen Fletcher Memorial Senior Scholarship Award 

Jordyn Manning of Sumner High School 2021 Scholarship Recipient


2020 Recipient  Lydia Tarekegh of Puyallup High School



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.

2019-2020 Innovative Teaching Grant
Puyallup High School Biology teachers Rocquel Stanley and Katie Coats were awarded the 2019-20 AAUW Innovation Teaching grant to expand their microplastics lab for at least four years. This allows them to reach upwards of 1000 sophomore biology students.   Microplastics are the microscopic breakdown of plastic trash in the water.  The teachers encouraged students to bring tap water and bottled water to class; while she provided additional items that may contain microplastics. Seagull excrement was tested to detect plastics consumed directly or through the food web. Puget Sound sand and ocean beach sand were tested to see if there are microplastics reaching our shores from ground up plastics in the ocean. Every item they tested showed at least one piece of microplastics per 500ml/g of substance. The largest density of microplastics was in the Seagull excrement. The Grant recipients are looking forward to a return of in-person classes and continued testing for microplastics in our environment and working with students to devise plans to reduce plastic waste.

2020-2021 Innovative Teaching Grant. John Shula, a Digital Media teacher at Fife High School is the 2020-21 recipient of the Innovative Teaching Grant.  The Grant was used to purchase equipment to enable “vlogging,” or video blogging, a form of communication that engages an audience in a personal fashion (and for some individuals, can be financially lucrative).  The COVID Virus and virtual teaching has presented special challenges and delayed the start of this project.  We are looking forward to viewing Vlogs produced by the students at Fife High School

Patty O’Malley Pictured with AAUW Member Florence Vining