American Association of University Women awards SkillSet $10,000

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October 5, 2021

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Mary Hickey (hickeym@aauw.org)  202.785.7748

AAUW Awards Fellowship to UNC Asheville STEAM Studio Scholar 

Programs aim to tackle barriers women face in education

WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2021-22 fellowship to a scholar at the UNC Asheville STEAM Studio. Recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

  • Sara Sanders, a recipient of a Community Action Grant, is currently pursuing her community project, SkillSet Expansion.

AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education. Since 1888, it has awarded more than $115 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 13,000 women from 150 countries. For the 2021–22 academic year, AAUW has awarded a total of an unprecedented $5 million through its fellowships and grants programs to 260 scholars as well as to community projects and programs that promote education and equity for women and girls.

“We’re proud to support the work of these outstanding scholars,” said Gloria Blackwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Programs Officer. “This year’s recipients are making valuable contributions in a wide range of fields, but with a common goal of improving life for all of us. We’re impressed by what these scholars are doing and excited about the great things they’ll accomplish throughout their research and careers.”

Educational funding is especially important for women since they are disproportionately burdened by student debt.  The burden is exacerbated by a lifelong pay gap that affects women in nearly every profession. The pay gap widens over time and has negative impacts on all aspect of a woman’s financial life, from paying college tuition to saving for a comfortable retirement. AAUW’s awards help to alleviate the burden of student debt so women can focus on their education and academic pursuits.

Applications are currently being accepted for 2022-23 grants and fellowships. Deadlines vary by program. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory.

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s fellowships and grants have helped scholars and activists overcome barriers to education and advancement for 130 years. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.

UNC Asheville STEAM Studio
821 Riverside Dr. Ste 140
Asheville NC 28804
skillset@unca.edu

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