AAUW Awards $4.3 Million in Fellowships and Grants

August 01, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org
202.785.7738

 

Since 1888, More than $90 Million Has Gone to Support Education and Programs

WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will award $4.3 million to nearly 300 women scholars and programs that promote education and equity for women and girls. Since awarding its first fellowship in 1888, AAUW has become a leading source of funding for graduate women, providing more than $90 million in fellowships and grants to thousands from around the globe. That’s in addition to the local scholarship programs that AAUW branches across the United States offer to undergraduate women.

“AAUW started providing monetary support at a time when institutions blatantly discriminated against women. In 1888, the prevailing thought was that educating women would negatively affect their health,” said AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “But our founding leaders knew that education was a gateway to a better life for women and their families. That thinking still inspires our work today.”

The 2012–13 fellows and grantees join a prestigious circle that includes trailblazers such as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie and novelist Susan Sontag. It also includes many of today’s leading thinkers and innovators, such as television host and author Melissa Harris-Perry, youth expert and author Rosalind Wiseman, economist Heather Boushey, and social entrepreneur Jane Chen.

“We truly have an outstanding group of women scholars who will have an impact across multiple disciplines,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW director of fellowships, grants, and international programs. “The AAUW fellowships and grants program is an ongoing, vibrant legacy of the incredible generosity of our members and donors, whose contributions allow us to remain one of the largest funders of graduate-level women’s education.”

This year, AAUW awarded

    • 63 Career Development Grants,
    • 32 Community Action Grants,
    • 25 Selected Professions Fellowships,
    • 89 American Fellowships,
    • 63 International Fellowships, and
    • four International Project Grants.

To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202/728-7602 or e-mail fellowships@aauw.org. To apply for an AAUW fellowship or grant, visit www.aauw.org/fga.

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