As an AAUW major donor, I'm confident that my contributions are used wisely and effectively to advance equity for women and girls. I highly recommend giving your time, talent, and treasure to this powerful organization!
AAUW, for over 130 years, has improved the lives of all women and girls through a focus on equity and education. AAUW’s voice and member involvement at national, state, and local levels has long influenced the public debate and policies on critical social issues from women’s suffrage and child labor, to Title IX and civil rights, to today’s focus on pay equity.
Our nearly 100,000 members study issues and act through community projects and advocacy. AAUW “walks the talk” when it comes to making a difference for all women and girls and through them we make a difference for our society in general.
At the recent national convention, we were taught how to lobby congress. I got to go talk with my congressmen's staff about issues of importance to me.
AAUW believes the same issues that I do arre important.
AAUW is an organization that has consistently promoted equity for women and girls through education, and advocacy. It has done this through providing financial aid and support as in the Lilly Ledbetter case.
Its research projects such as "Why so Few" have provided information and impetus to promoting change in education for all students. The organization has been a strong supporter of Title IX. It is an organization that I have been proud to be involved with for over 40 years.
AAUW is an organization that, since its beginnings, has been founded on the principles of gender equity and education. Its mission has changed somewhat over the years, but remains dedicated to the needs and aspirations of its members, and of women everywhere. I am particularly acquainted with the Legal Advocacy Fund, which defends the rights of women to equal treatment under the law inside and outside education settings. Their political stance is nonpartisan, but activist in the best sense of that word.
During past decades when many historic women's organizations became more formality than substance, AAUW never lost sight of its mission - to advocate for women - for equity - for opportunity - for justice. I found my participation in AAUW over many decades meaningful and thus satisfying.
Today I am an active member of AAUW's Lobby Corps. As we visit Congressional Offices weekly advocating for pay equity, for educational opportunity, for the dream act, for social network protections for women, I feel a special pride in AAUW and in my volunteering.
AAUW appears to be one of the very few - perhaps the only - national organization headquartered in the nation's Capitol, which sends volunteer advocates to Congressional offices week after week after week to carry out the organization's mission. The skill with which it does this with very limited resources is a visible testament to its commitment and its perseverance.
The dynamism and commitment of AAUW converted me from volunteer to Board member. AAUW stands courageously for public policies that favor equality and justice in education and on the job. As AAUW has grassroots power in communities all over the country, we also have political power on the Hill and at the White house. AAUW empowers!
I have been an AAUW Lobby Corps volunteer since 1981. We meet on Capitol Hill to lobby every Thursday that Congress is in session. We can lobby on a wide range of topics that are of concern to women and girls - educational issues, health issues, social justice issues, etc.
AAUW has been an important part of my life for many years. It is an organization where the mission of advancing equity for women and girls is in the forefront. We work in raising awareness and influencing legislation.
There are community action projects that include raising college scholarship money, helping those less fortuate, and supporting sports equity.
Volunteering for AAUW is the career I never had. In addition to working for increased equity for women and girls I had opportunities to learn leadership, public speaking, and dealing with people skills. I have a host of friends nation-wide with whom I can interact regularly.
AAUW is an organization that empowers women to take action in their local community, state and country. Education and equity for women and girls are the key themes and focus areas. AAUW is a powerful voice for women and women's issues in the congress.
AAUW chapters across Arkansas have been instrumental in helping the Women's Foundation of Arkansas's Girls of Promise program introduce girls to women role models for over 10 years. We're thrilled to continue to receive financial and volunteer support from these women who are wonderful role models themselves!
I am a 50 year member of AAUW. Throughout this time my closest friends have been members of AAUW. I think that having a college education is so important for women and AAUW helps many of them achieve that goal in several different ways . . . . mentoring, scholarships, fellowships etc.
AAUW was my introduction to my new community in 1972. Through its study groups I continued learning, through its community projects I learned about organzing and publicizing, and through participation on the Board I learned about teamwork and meetings. It gave me the groundwork and confidence for participating in many aspects of community life. I'm especially proud of the hundreds of thousands of dollars our Branch has raised for Fellowships and Scholarships.
I belong to a great AAUW branch of less than ten women who struggle in this small community to get new members. We are a super group of friends and know how valued our successful community efforts are. Although few in number, together we accomplish amazing goals. Our branch currently is involved in the following local projects: Awards two $1,000 scholarships annually; sponsors the local residency of the Missoula Children’s Theatre; sponsors the Shakespeare in the Parks performance; promotes Eating Disorder awareness & education; donates to local organizations such as CNADA which fights domestic abuse, Food Bank & Soup Kitchen. The bulk of our funds come from sponsoring the annual Christmas Market which is a craft fair where >70 venders have a table to sell their items.
I am a new member as I worked 10-hour days. However, after retirement, I was thrilled to be useful in AAUW.
Our chapter's book sale helps women reach their degrees. I love working on it.
I've also tutored recent immigrants; one attained citizenship.
Having been an active member in four different AAUW branches since 1968, I have been nurtured and inspired by many wonderful women leaders. Some of them have become valued friends. I have appreciated the "grass roots" structure of the organization, allowing our communities to contribute to the mission and goals of the organization. Branch activities have not only strengthened me as an informed and caring person, but they have also contributed to the well being of numerous women, college students, and children who have benefitted from our various community projects. AAuw is still an important part of my life.
My Aunt Eula personifies AAUW for me. I wear her engagement ring from the fiance who died in World War I. She went on to achieve Phi Beta Kappa and teach school in Milwaukee, WI. She married late and I remember she always referred to her husband as “Dear Albert”. Aunt Eula valued her member ship in the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Association of University Women so highly that I joined AAUW soon after my own graduation in 1948 and am a dual member in two California Chapters today.
For the past two years, i have served as an appointed member of the board of the Palm Springs Branch. My position of communications chair has consisted of writing articles for the newspaper, The Desert Sun, telling about the speakers for our monthly luncheons, the work with Speech Trek. Tech Trek, Tyke Trek and other activities of the Palm Springs Branch.
This work has entailed learning how to get our articles and pictures in the paper,working both with the education editor and the weekly calendar editor. This has been a learning experience for me.
AAUW has been a wonderful experience for me. The Long Beach California branch just held its 8th STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career conference for middle school girls to encourage them to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
I belong to the Cabrillo-Diego chapter of AAUW and we raise runds from the membership each year to send girls to Tech Trek, the summer technology/science camp. I'm very proud of our members' response to our appeals for donations. We have grown fro funding a few girls to this year being able to send 8 girls to camp, well on our way to 9. The girls tell us the experience is life changing, opening doors to them they never dreamed of, giving them a glimpse of what they can be, what they can do in the fields of science and technology. We encourage our members to consider this their charitable donation of the year and experience the joy of changing a young woman's life. It's the best feeling in the world!
I was honored to be a recipient of the AAUW's prestigious Education Fellowship. Having this fellowship provided financial support for finishing my doctoral research on what undermines women from sustaining physical activity motivation and participation. The year I had the fellowship, I traveled around my state and spoke to a handful of local AAUW groups to share my dissertation findings.
The dedication and passion that AAUW members have was evident and I enjoyed learning more about AAUW in the process.
One thing I did learn that was concerning to me was that most college-aged women I spoke to at my university had never heard about the AAUW.
My hope for AAUW is that they are able to hook into the younger generation on college campuses to further strengthen the group.
My research, partially funded by the AAUW, has been a platform for my professional success! I feel very fortunate.
Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH
A few years ago, i applied for and received a Community Action Grant from AAUW to help support a women's lobby day at the South Dakota state legislature. This grant helped us bring two busloads of women and men to the capitol for our legislative day. Most of these people would not have (or could not have) attended without this opportunity for transportation from our two largest cities. 191 people registered for the event and received training in grassroots lobbying, so we made quite an impression on our legislators and, we believe, a lasting impact on the women and men who attended.
I love AAUW and their commitment to women and girls. AAUW follows through with scholarships for all girls regardless of race or color. KUDOS to AAUW and keep up the good work!!!When you educate a girl you educate a natiion. Peace
I received a generous AAUW International Fellowship for my graduate study at Case Western Reserve University, which provided me with a comprehensive training. As a result, over the years, I have been able to serve Girls and Women along with their families as an educator, administrator, and a licensed clinical social worker in hospitals, schools and now private practice in mental health services. Higher education and training for women and girls empower them in a very fundamental way to bring changes to the world for better. I appreciate what AAUW continues to do globally.
AAUW is tirelessly working for empowering teen women in our area. An exciting project is Reality Store, an economic excercise at local high schools. H.S. juniors get paychecks based on their future careers of choice and spend them with AAUW volunteers at booths for housing, clothing, food, transportation and anticipated monthly expenses of these "now-age 25" people. Reality living is an economic eye opener for many high school students.
I've been a member of AAUW for many years. Over the last 7 years I have been taking students to the Dominican Republic on humanitarian/cultural experiences. My branch of the AAUW (Sussex County, New Jersey) has been generously given money from fundraisers so female students can attend the trip.
In graduate school, I applied for AAUW fellowships for my dissertation year. As a young faculty member, I applied for AAUW summer publishing support. As I grew in my field, I created a feminist conference on my campus for our women's studies students and more--showcasing that what seemed to be a small college in a seemingly un-feminist space was actually full of passion and engaged people. I spoke at the AAUW in Huntsville as their monthly program and worked collaboratively with the group.
I left academia and Alabama for a job in Milwaukee, WI. New to the area, I knew this would be my home and wanted to forge connections and make friendships immediately. My first call was to the local AAUW Milwaukee Branch--one of the oldest women's organizations in the STATE--and began my membership. It meant I had to bravely walk into a room of strangers and meet many people at once for each monthly meeting, but they were so welcoming and eager and we all already had things in common--Feminism, AAUW, Education and more.
I used AAUW as my linchpin from place to place.
I give back to AAUW through my leadership (I'm often a program speaker, am currently Vice President of Programming and President Elect and begin my two year term as president in June.
We're philanthropic within our community, we're nestled among many institutions of higher learning, we have long-tenured members who share fantastic experiences and we're the perfect forum to never stop learning. Our programs are diverse, exciting and reach out to groups and organizations that need publicity and attention.
This organization, particularly the Milwaukee Branch, has the potential to be a leader in the community and we are steadily on our way there.
AAUW is a great educaitonal organization with like-minded, friendly women. It is wonderful to attend meetings and meet old and new members alike.
Our annual book/author lunheon at a local country club is the highlight of the year, where authors come to speak and their books are available for purchase.
I've been an AAUW member since my early 30s, and have benefitted so much from this organization. As a middle school science teacher, I received their Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship and $15,000 to have a wonderful afterschool science club for girls. They continued as confident and science loving high school and college students! I also taught in the first CA Tech Trek for Girls at Stanford. This was Marie Wolbach's dreamchild of a week of classes and meeting women with interesting professons on a college campus for deserving middle school girls. It grew to 8 other college sites and I've taught at the San Diego campus and the Whittier campus for 5 more years. AAUW has made a tremendous difference in my life as a teacher and as a woman.
Volunteer, Grant Awardee, National Committee Chair, National Committee Member, Branch President, and now State Funds Development Chair, this organization has evolved to focus its mission more closely on women and girls.
We've grown into supporting STEM and Expanding your Horizons, now in it's 30th year and continue to explore new ways for young women to explore career development opportunities in math, science and technology.
Finally, as a woman who has moved around the country, AAUW has always been a presence in every state where I lived . . . it's a great organization for women on the move.
Needing to follow our daughter, whose husband suffered a stroke, in order to be of assistance, I have moved to three different cities in five years. When moving to a new town I immediately locate a local AAUW branch which allows me to meet like-minded women, and gives me the opportunity to participate in worthwhile activities. I, also, make sure that I participate actively, which is always very fulfilling since each branch of AAUW offers unique opportunities to serve the new community where I've moved.
As a high school senior in 1967, I was a recipient of an AAUW scholarship that paid my tuition at a state college for four years. I vowed that some day, if I lived in a community with an AAUW branch, I would join and give back to the organization that had done so much for me.
As a result, I have been an active member (and occasional officer) for the past 26 years. In an era when most of us feel the tug of too many competing responsibilities, I continue to make AAUW my one organizational priority. AAUW is a voice for equity for women and girls through advocacy, emphasis on education, and groundbreaking research.
I have appreciated the opportunity that AAUW gives me to share my expertise as a technical professional with young girls. What I wouldn't have given to have similar opportunities as a young girl.
At the end of my first year of teaching elementary students, I was awarded a scholarship that allowed me to complete half of my masters degree. This gave me incentive to complete my masters program. That allowed me to meet the state's requirement of obtaining a masters level degree within 5 years of receiving a teaching certificate.
I also found using a member in transit status allowed me to quicky connect with a local branch when I had to relocate. I quickly met new people and connected smoothly into the new community.
I joined AAUW 2 years ago. I have been actively involved in fundraising to provide scholarships to high school seniors and women returning to school. I cannot think of anything more important for our future than to have more educated women. And let's face it. Education is expensive!
I joined AAUW as I was completing my MA as a member at large, in 1980. Since that time I've been an active member and officer in both Ohio and Texas. The various fundraising efforts in all the branches I've belonged to are focused directly on helping other women achieve their higher educational goals. Everytime I hear one of the women speak who received AAUW assistance to achieve her goals, I'm so gratified that I belong to a national and local organization that can work so hard to make donations that will make such a difference in so many lives.
AAUW is making a difference in the community by encouraging its members to participate in programs that utilize the skills and talents of its members.
I have been a member for over a year. This is an amazing group of women. They welcome new members and offer a wide variety of opportunities to help women locally and internationally. Lots of fun and social ways to make a difference!
I wanted to do networking for my business and I was able to create an AAUW professional women's networking group. Members of AAUW were so supportive and helpful .
I found AAUW in Delaware just about the time my youngest child turned 2. It was a group for me that stretched my mind and gave me an adult activity that was worthwhile and challenging. I have now been a member in three branches and 2 states, always growing, always learning. I haven't found a better way to find new friends and serve my community at the same time.
In 1990, I received a Project RENEW grant from AAUW to return to school for a Master of Public Health degree in health education. Two decades later, I am proud to be an AAUW member--helping give someone else the opportunity for continuing their education.
I had just finished the first year of my MBA, and the rug had just been pulled from under my feet. I probably would not be able to complete that MBA I had been longing for for over a decade now - thanks to changes in our family income. All else had failed, and I wrote to the AAUW. Help arrived in the form of a modest scholarship (the AAUW selected professions fellowship). The rest is history - being able to complete that MBA was a turning point my life life, and my family's as well. I owe my professional success and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to the AAUW.
Until last fall, was president of our local branch for four years. I joined AAUW some years earlier primarily for my high school daughter's sake. I wanted to be part of this old and wonderful organization that was founded to promote opportunities and education for women. I was intrigued by the founders' commitment to use their education and opportunities for the benefit of other women. I continued to believe as president that we women who had an opportunity for education beyond high school had an obligation to be good stewards of our good fortune and share it with other women here in our community, in our nation and in our world.
Thank you, all members of AAUW, for your commitment, your work and your money.
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I first heard of AAUW from my college professors of women's studies. I was forwarded an email and signed up for their mailing list. I began getting emails from AAUW on all types of issues going on in the federal government of interest to women. I discovered that through my affiliation with AAUW I was given a quick, easy way to stay abreast of important legislation and have my voice in these matters with congressional representatives. AAUW has one primary purpose--to aid and empower girls and women.
AAUW has provided me a life time of leadership opportunities that eventually lead to my career as an Executive Director of a Foundation supporting youth development. For nearly 20 years I was a stay at home mother doing volunteer service activities, but with 2 or my 3 sons in college, it was time to go back into the work force. The leadership skills learned at the community and state level in AAUW opened the door for me at the University. We often say volunteers can go back to work after being out of the workforce for extended periods of time. In my case it is true. As a result I have included AAUW in my estate plan.
As a young woman from a rural state, AAUW's community provided me with the key leadership training I needed to be successful in my career - skills not taught in colleges & universities at the time. I learned the leadership skills which today's vocabulary calls collaboration, listening, networking, coalition, negotiation, assertive behavior, and role modeling. As a result of my personal experience with AAUW, I've strived through my career to support and encourage other women to assume leadership positions in their communities. I've been a member of AAUW for over 40 years and AAUW is yet today providing the cutting-edge leadership training women need to "be all you can be."
AAUW is funding my first year of graduate study in Systems of Justice: Human Rights. When I finish my degree in 2012, not only will I have a Master's degree, I will be fully bilingual (my school is in Puerto Rico and all my classes are in Spanish) and a certified conflict mediator. The AAUW grant is facilitating an enormous leap forward in my professional development, and helping me to better help others in my future career. Thank you!
Tell your story here and help others understand this charity American Association of University Women is an extraordinary organization. This past spring, I was awarded a Career Development Grant, which is helping pay for my Master's Degree in Social Work. I am hoping to work in the future with Latina women and their families and AAUW's Career Development Grant is helping me reduce the amount of loan money for graduate education, which will in turn allow me to work at a not-for-profit dedicated to this population up on graduation. I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received from AAUW, as well as the amazing communication I have had with staff members who work there!
AAUW is an amazing organization that is greatly supportive of empowering women and girls through education. It is through the Fellowship I was awarded that I was able to attend graduate school and pursue a Masters of Art in Sustainable International Development. It has been a great opportunity to gain education to further advance social justice for vulnerable women and girls particularly in my home country Kenya.
I am a former international postdoctoral fellow of AAUW. This year, I got a position as an assistant professor in a university in Argentina. I would like to thanks the foundation for supporting me in my career, your support has been appreciated and used in the right way. Also, I would like to thank also the existence of this organization because it engenders strength and independence in young women; it helps them embrace their dreams. Specially the fact that an international fellowship exist, giving the possibility to women coming from developing countries like mine to have also the opportunity. As soon as I arrived to US I have been looking for postdoctoral fellowship to apply and I have to say that AAUW is the only foundation where I was eligible, most of foundation have some nationality requirement that makes almost impossible for international scientist to apply for support. I am absolutely grateful to AAUW and I wish this organization to be recognized as one of the top nonprofit organizations striving to provide education initiatives and programs. Natalia de Miguel
I am a Career Development Grantee for 2010-2011. I cannot adequately express here how grateful I am for this support in creating gender and cultural equity in children's media. Advancing careers can be costly, time consuming and daunting and this grant has been able to focus my energy and getting the most out of my professional education so that I can make a difference in the lives of others.
A year and a half ago I decided to leave the business I founded back in 1999. I began a small consulting business, still within my area of expertise, when I soon realized that my passion for that worked had truly waned. I needed to learn some new skills, but was not earning enough money to afford to go back to school. I began an internet research prject to find grant programs for which I might qualify. I found the AAUW site and its Career Developmetn Program. It was a perfect fit for a woman seeking to change careers in her 40's. The application process was very straighforward. The online application was easy to complete and the award letter came in time for me to register for Fall classes and begin my graduate education in Counseling. I am very impressed with the individuals I have worked with at AAUW and will be forever grateful for the opportunity they have provided me to begin a new career.
On state tests, only one third of our state’s minority students are meeting standards in math and science. Our most recent state assessment test, the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP), shows serious deficits in student achievement, particularly for minority students. We created an all girls FIRST LEGO League team. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotic competition developed for middle school age students. Our goals are to inspire female students to take an interest in science and technology and begin considering these fields as a career. AAUW Funded our organization Clevergirlz to learn to compete building robots and solving a problem. As a result we gained national recognition, and placed in our state competition. This girls have become interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition, the girl members are peerducators in this year's program. We thank AAUW for making a ddfference.
I appreciate this organisation ever since I was awarded a scholarship. I was in the US as an alien, moved to support my husband who was in school there and had a scholarship. I later enrolled into graduate school but had no funding. so I applied to this organisation and at that time, there was no hope of continuing, as the money that had supported me had dried out and the proffessor who was supporting my husband had transfered, and the department did have any sort of assistantship. It seemed that my dream was coming to an end, not only a dream but a career because in the University where I wanted to join accepts only PHD gradutes. So this time when I applied and prayed, I was pleasantly supprised to recieve this money as it covered a big cunk of my tuition. I implore this organisation and pray that it will stand in the gap to help the girls with dreams realize them particularly marginalized ones in the different societies.
I just completed a documentary project title Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII. This film shares the little known story of female mathematicians who did secret ballistics research for the US Army during WWII, a handful of whom went on to serve as the programmers of ENIAC, the first electronic computer. The AAUW grant allows me to travel with the documentary this fall, visiting museums, schools and art cinemas. I administer a survey that identifies girls or college-aged women interested in being mentored with professional women interested in mentoring. Then in the spring I'll use this information to create a teaching guide for the documentary that will include 'best practices' for community mentoring of girls in the areas of math, science, engineering and computer technology. The hope is that this will result in more girls pursuing careers in these fields.
In 2009, I was the recipient of an American Fellowship from AAUW. That fellowship allowed me to complete revisions to my manuscript which are required as a condition of my employment as a university professor. AAUW supports women in academia at all career states, from graduate study through the professoriate, and women working outside the academy in their local communities. Support from AAUW provided me, in turn, time to work with students and support them in their studies. AAUW is widely recognized within the academy for its commitment to excellence and service. I am proud to be associated with them.
AAUW is an amazing organization that helps women when otheres won't. AAUW is willing to believe and bet on women redefining themselves, after stepping off other career paths or taking time to parent young children. I found very few other organizations that would be that supportive of the goals of a person at my stage in the game. For example, the Soros foundation only helps new Americans under 30 years old. I really believe in this organization and hope you will support it.
AAUW is wonderful--it has helped me pay for my first year of medical education, which I would otherwise have had to taken lots of loans for. It's wonderful to be recognized and rewarded for my accomplishments in a way that really helps me advance my career and lets me focus on what's really important: studying, rather than worrying about how to pay for my education. AAUW selflessly wants to help women succeed in the professional world--they've given me money without asking anything in return.
Our school has received a grant from AAUW for encouraging, supporting, and nurturing high school girls that plan to enter a STEM career. We have just begun our activities and the participants selected are so excited about the project. We began at our first workshop with a pre ACT math test. Some of the girls were lamenting their scores. I told them that is one purpose of the grant, to help them work on these skills - you should see the smiles and relief on their faces.
As a single mother living on an Indian Reservation there isn't much opportunity for advancement. If I want to advance or continue my education I have to move away from my family and uproot my children. I have always dreamt of attaining a Masters Degree in the Environmental Field. AAUW has given me the opportunity to change that dream into a reality.
During my graduate study, my husband got a position across the country from my graduate school, and I began a 'commuting' Ph.D., doing my research on the west coast and all of my writing and computer work on the east coast. Living apart was never an option because we have a young child. The biggest limitation to finishing my Ph.D. was funding - I couldn't take advantage of most funding options because they required me to be on the west coast (teaching, helping professors there with my research). AAUW saw my potential and granted me a fellowship to fund my final year of graduate study. Now, our son likes to tell everyone how he 'saw his mom become a doctor'. AAUW provides the funding and support for women like myself that are juggling priorities, including children, spouses, and careers!
In the midst of the current financial crisis, my desire to complete a career change by going back to school would have very likely gone unrealized were it not for AAUW's generous financial support. The organization's mission to support women like myself takes away some of the uncertainty, and much of the risk, of pursuing our dreams regardless of financial circumstances. Beyond individual support, AAUW's grants inspire recipients like myself to continue the chain of goodwill...often following career paths that are altruistic and service-minded. In this way, the social returns on AAUW's financial investment are manifold and self-perpetuating. I look forward to completing my MA in 2012 and beginning the next stage of this journey.
I am currently attending grad school. AAUW helped make this possible by providing me with a fellowship to help pay for my education.
Been bilingual (spanish/english), a mother of 4 and working at the Head Start program, I realized the huge need my community in Green Bay had for a bilingual Counselor, but not having enough funds to cover for my education. I applied for the Career Development Grant and was selected as a grantee to cover my first year of Master's Degree in Professional Counseling. Being in my first semester of the program I'm very thankful and blessed of received this grant to give me the opportunity to prepare myself to serve the people who needs me in my community. This dream would not happen ever without this impacting opportunity AAUW gave me and eventually provided for this community. Thanks from the deepest of my heart!
I received a grant to help pay for my tuition at Goucher College in Maryland, where I am pursuing a master's degree in creative nonfiction. It meant the world to me to have AAUW choose me from thousands of applicants because not only did the grant cover nearly one year's tuition, thereby cutting my school costs in half, but more importantly it was confirmation of my idea to change careers. I am a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, and jobs are disappearing all around me. An MFA would make me eligible to apply for a full-time position where I currently teach writing part-time at Mills College. It also is getting me on my way to writing my memoir. My thesis for my MFA program is a 150-page manuscript. I am guided by my professors, and I am taking what I am learning and applying it to the next generation of female writers at Mills College in Oakland, an all-women's private college, and also my alma mater. I would have had to go into debt to put myself through school, but with the AAUW grant I am able to pay for school without worry. It is extremely expensive to live in San Francisco on a newspaper salary, and the grant is helping me reach my goals to become a full-time professor and book author. That an outside agency believes I can do it makes all the difference.