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!
I attended the National Conference for college Women Student Leaders and it was an absolutely awesome experience. I enjoyed hearing from other women who have made it and are still making a huge impact in our world. I am a mentor, an advocate and a missionary and attending this conference has solidified everything I have been doing. I am inspired to go on and continue to fight for the rights of women and human rights in general. I am grateful and I thank all of the women who attended as well, especially the key note speakers. They took the time out to come and share there great accomplishments, for that I am thankful. YOLANDA
AAUW helped me gain confidence in my leadership skills, provided opportunities for networking, and encouraged my continued success as a senior college student!
For many years, the AAUW Erie Branch has supported our organization, Environment Erie. The members have graciously awarded us numerous grants for educational programs geared towards undeserved girls in our community. The members however take funding to the next level by becoming personally involved in the programs and making a positive impact on the girls served!
For instance, this past year the AAUW Erie Branch funded a program that offered four field trips for girls age 11-14 that created an awareness and generated an interest in green collar careers. The four field trips took place during after-school hours and included a snack and light supper prepared by member of AAUW. Members also presented during the dinner hour; interacting with the girls, sharing personal experiences and career advice.
Each week, the girls left the program with heightened energy and a renewed since of self confidence and ability! I often see the same girls at different events and they always ask if they will have the opportunity to once again be part of the AAUW after school program.
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.
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 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.