Del Mar-Leucadia branch of AAUW awards Tech Trek scholarships to local middle school girls

The Del Mar-Leucadia branch of the American Association of University Women recently presented six local middle school girls with scholarships to attend Tech Trek, an AAUW-sponsored science and math camp for girls completing the 7th grade. The week-long residential camp will be held at University of California San Diego. Each camper has been recommended by a teacher with final selection made by the local AAUW branch through applications, essays, and interviews.

The 2013 recipients are Grace Wesson of Carmel Valley Middle School; Carolyn Knapp and Olivia How of Earl Warren Middle School; and Daniella Lumkong, Valerie Zerfas and Magdely Benitez of Oak Crest Middle School.

The goal of Tech Trek is to provide a fun yet educational week that will expand the minds of middle school-age girls who attend. Campers experience hands-on activities and field trips related to math and science, live on a college campus, get acquainted with other girls who think science is fun, and meet female role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career fields. Ten Tech Trek camps are held on eight college campuses throughout California. All girls attend the camps on scholarships provided by a local AAUW branch.

Membership in the American Association of University Women is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch reflects the varied interests of its members with informative, educational monthly meetings and special interest groups such as Gourmet, Great Decisions, Book Groups, Gadabout, and Theatre. Information: 760-815-8644 or