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!
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.
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.
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.
I am a a recipient of an AAUW 2010 Career Development Grant. I am using it to complete my MBA so I can move forward with my career as one of the few female pipe fitters in the mechanical construction industry.
Receiving the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship allowed me to focus on completing my Ph.D. and begin working in the field of teacher education. As a woman of color, the perspective I offer in the field of teacher education is lacking and thanks to AAUW's support of my doctoral work I am able to participate in helping to develop future teachers.
I was awarded an AAUW fellowship. This fellowship gave me the opportunity to continue pursuing my PhD degree. Additionally, my university offered me a tuition waiver because of the fellowship. I would never been able to continue my studies without their support.
I was awarded a fellowship that enabled me to take time off from teaching and finish my book manuscript. Without their support, I couldn't have accomplished this career goal. Because I teach at a university with a high teaching load, I was making progress...but slowly. They gave me the time to focus, and the results are outstanding.
AAUW is a leader in supporting women in academics. I was a recipient of the doctoral dissertation grant, which provides women one year of support to complete their dissertation. This type of funding is scarce and particularly important for women who have caregiver roles in the family. It allowed me to complete my PhD and play an active role in my family without having to worry about an additional paycheck.
The AAUW was a tremendous help in allowing me to complete my dissertation and finish my PhD in Anthropology. Because of this fellowship, I was able to complete my degree and begin a postdoctoral program that will make me a very competitive candidate on the academic job market.
I received a doctoral dissertation fellowship from AAUW. Funding opportunities can sometimes be limited for international students in a Ph.D. program. A lot of funding is for US citizens only, and visa restrictions means it is hard for international students to get work teaching as adjuncts in nearby colleges. The Fellowship enabled me to spend a year concentrating on my dissertation, and the overall experience with the organization has truly increased my appreciation of the work that such nonprofit organizations do.