AAUW SnoKing launches Elizabeth Sears STEM scholarship

Elizabeth Sears

The AAUW Edmonds SnoKing Branch on Monday announced the Elizabeth Sears STEM Scholarship for young women, available to high school seniors in the Edmonds School District or attending Edmonds College in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math.

The SnoKing Branch will be working closely with student support groups RISE and MESA to provide special recognition and networking opportunities for the scholarship recipients.

Elizabeth (Liz) Sears was an exceptional science teacher with a passion for mentoring young persons.  In 1963 she was recruited to help set up the science department at the new Meadowdale High School. Affectionately nicknamed “Mother Nature,” she was beloved by her students.

In 1975, she received the well-deserved honor of Washington State Teacher of the Year.

After retirement, Sears taught in Kenya and then China, where she was awarded Shanghai’s prestigious Golden Magnolia Award. Locally, she volunteered for the Edmonds Library to help English language learners, taught at the Edmonds College Creative Retirement Institute, and continued to be a strong voice for preserving the natural beauty of Edmonds.

Sears joined AAUW in 1960 and was an active member until her death in 2021. Her primary interest remained mentoring young women in STEM fields and providing scholarships.

Contributions to the Elizabeth Sears STEM Scholarship Fund can be made to the Branch 501c3 foundation:

Foundation A3E
PO Box 722
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Further information about the scholarship is available at esk-wa.aauw.net or by email: aauw.esk@gmail.com or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AAUWesk

  1. Mrs Sears was such a class act and a classy soul. I was a lucky one who had the honor of having her for zoology at MHS. She was all about teaching, and teaching she did – with focus and gusto. She was ahead of the crowd on one day when the class dissected squid. While we were carefully busy removing the beak, eye, internal shell, and other attachments, Mrs Sears left us to fetch some tools in her lab closet. She came back in carrying butter, flour, and an electric skillet, saying to the class, “It’s time to fry them up!” We did, and we consumed with glee. This was years before the word “calimari” ever reached my ears. I still enjoy eating them, always thinking about her and that unforgettable class. Thank you, Mrs Sears.

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