Scholarship Fundraising Initiative

Welcome to the Hilo Branch Celebration of Members Fund Raising Initiative

The following Hilo Branch Members have been recognized and honored as outstanding members who have contributed to our local branch, to the National Branch, to our local community here on the Island of Hawaii and beyond. We invite you to donate to our Scholarship Fund as a way to honor these members and it isn’t too late to nominate anyone else you would like to honor. A great way to honor women in our community and contribute to a very worthwhile cause—the AAUW Hilo Branch Scholarship Fund. Please send in a check to AAUW, PO Box 6132, Hilo, Hawaii 96720. Contact Nina Buchanan at to answer questions you might have about this initiative.

Rosemarie Muller
Barbara Maguro

All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the donations to the AAUW Hilo Branch Scholarship Fund fund the scholarships students attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Hawaii Community College of Hilo. Mahalo for your contribution. Please address your questions to Nina Buchanan at


Many AAUW members go above and beyond in service to the Hilo community and beyond. I had a difficult time selecting just one person from our association to honor. Luckily, you can honor any member you choose.  I encourage you to do so.

Rosemarie Muller. Before settling in Hilo, Rosemarie was a medical technologist. After graduating from the University of Southern Florida she moved to Long Island, NY and earned a masters degree in transfusion techniques. She worked at a hospital on the eastern end of Long Island in the blood bank and eventually became the laboratory supervisor before retiring.

Like professional women everywhere, Rosemarie worked hard at home raising three daughters (Kelly, Jennifer & Megan), three granddaughters (Elina, Averrie & Adelyn) and two grandsons (Aaron & Christian). No wonder she was prepared to contribute so much to our community!!

I met Rosemarie when she became the AAUW Hilo membership chair. What a brave undertaking!! She hit the ground running and substantially increased our membership. Next she stepped up to become program chair and then president. Continuing her service to AAUW she chaired the scholarship committee and served on the public policy committee. Oh, not to mention she was a member of two of our book clubs and a political discussion group. But… that was just the beginning.

After the tumult of the 2016 election, Rosemarie stepped up and became the League of Women Voters president from 2017 – 2021. Wow!! She still had time and energy to serve as treasure of the United Nations Association Hawaii Island while also supporting women through her advocacy and scholarship committee work in the Zonta Club of Hilo.

Barbara Maguro