College/University Membership Benefits Students
You want your students to have the best possible education experience, inside and outside the classroom. Joining AAUW as a college/university member is a great way to give them that. From scholarships to salary negotiation, AAUW can offer your students unique ways to act, lead, and connect with a community of more than 170,000 members.
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Don’t take our word for it — ask Laura Hernandez, a student at one of AAUW’s more than 800 college/university members.
As a member of the AAUW National Student Advisory Council, Hernandez had a hand in AAUW’s campus impact. From helping organize the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) to promoting our mission on Florida International University’s campus, Laura is making a difference and changing her campus climate. After an internship where she worked to end sex trafficking in her community, Hernandez followed her passion and gained real-world experience with AAUW as a public policy intern, where she attended hill briefings, wrote legislative updates, and lobbied for women’s issues. Thanks to AAUW, Hernandez’s résumé is ready to stand out!
Your students can follow in Hernandez’s footsteps by taking advantage of everything AAUW has to offer. Here’s a look at how we can help students on your campus:
Fund Their Education
The rising cost of tuition makes it hard for students to pursue higher education. We help women overcome this barrier.
- We invest $3.7 million each year in fellowships and grants for women students pursuing graduate and doctoral study.
- AAUW branches offer undergraduate scholarships to women in their communities.
- Students can also apply for local and national scholarships to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
Build Their Leadership Edge
Give your students the opportunity to learn new skills, network with each other, and hear from inspiring trailblazers.
- Send your students to the annual NCCWSL leadership conference that empowers women leaders from across the globe.
- Recommend students for a spot on our selective National Student Advisory Council. Each year, 10 students serve as AAUW ambassadors on their campuses and advise AAUW on the needs of college students.
Empower Them to Become Campus Change Makers
Encourage your students to put their ideas into action!
- You and your students can apply for up to $5,000 through Campus Action Project grants, which fund gender equity projects based on AAUW research.
- Students who want to host a campus event on unfair pay, sexual harassment and assault, Title IX, and other sex discrimination topics can apply for an AAUW Campus Outreach Program grant.
- Students can also join or start an AAUW student organization. AAUW student organizations offer a unique, global community for students who want to empower women by fighting for the gender equity issues they care about.
Help Them Gain Real-World Experience
Get them ready for graduate studies and the working world.
- Bring an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop to your campus to teach college women about negotiating salaries and benefits — a key part of solving the gender wage gap.
- Students can prepare for careers in public policy, communications, development, and more by applying for an AAUW internship.
- Keep an eye on our events page for the next (free!) AAUW Virtual Graduate School fair!
Connect Them with a Community
When your college or university joins AAUW, you connect students with a global community of 170,000 potential advisers, mentors, and supporters from all walks of life. You can give your entire undergraduate student body free e-student affiliation if you are an AAUW partner member institution!
Undergraduates at schools that are not AAUW college/university members can join for $17 a year. Current graduate students can join AAUW at a special anniversary rate of $18.81. Dues are tax deductible.
After graduation, students can go on to join a local AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force chapter. And of course anyone in our community can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to get involved and spread AAUW’s message!
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