The End of One Fellowship Year Marks the Start of the Next

August 01, 2012

It’s that time of year! Our 2011–12 fellowships and grants recipients are moving on to new ventures, and we’re excited to welcome our new class of fellows. AAUW is providing more than $4.3 million in funding for more than 278 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2012–13 academic year. To learn more about our incoming class, check out our updated online directory. We are sure that they are going to do great things during their award year!

The confidence we have in these new fellows and grantees is not unwarranted. When we look at everything that our outgoing group has accomplished, we do not doubt that these AAUW alumnae will continue to succeed. Reading their final reports always proves to be an extremely fulfilling experience for us because we learn about their personal passions and their appreciation for both AAUW and the AAUW members who have made the generous contributions that fund these awards. The outgoing class had some great things to say about their fellowship year!

“I feel so incredibly privileged to now be a part of this community. AAUW is an incredibly supportive organization. I clearly see that this support will not end with the fellowship. Instead, this seems to be a community family in which people are involved throughout their years in different capacities.”
Toby Jenkins, American Fellow

“I know that the AAUW staff is always available via e-mail for any questions or concerns. I have also had a great relationship with the AAUW branch in Philadelphia. Because of this, I have joined AAUW national as a student member. I am so grateful for what AAUW does and for the voice it gives to women who would otherwise have no voice.”
Melody Collins, Career Development Grantee

“Thank you for believing in this new program that was merely a concept a year ago. As with many new programs, there are challenges and adjustments along the way, and AAUW supported us through the changes we submitted for approval. You helped us grow Girls in STEM, which will now enter its second year, and an after-school program for boys and girls that now has funding for the next five years.”
Erica Nishinaka-Lacey, Washington Pavilion Management Inc., Community Action Grantee

“Thank you for everything! Without this scholarship, it would have never been possible to continue my graduate study in the United States.”
Anju Devkota, International Fellow

“We have debated how to show our gratitude … given the distance between Abidjan [Côte d’Ivoire] and Washington, D.C., this might not be possible for now, but maybe someday soon. Thank you and thank you again for all that you do.”
Patience Ogele, International Project Grantee

“As a returning adult student, it can be much harder to balance work, life, and school. This opportunity made it easier for me to pursue my degree and research without having to worry about working all the time in order to support myself and my expenses.”
Natalie Abts, Selected Professions Fellow

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This post was written by AAUW Fellowships and Grants Intern Bianca Zhang.

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