Career Launching Awards
AAUW’S CHATHAM WOMEN READY-TO-LEAD AWARDS
This career-launching grant was initiated in 2008 to assist up to 3 Chatham College seniors. These women students must to be in good academic standing, having majored in one of the non-traditional for women STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics), and in addition demonstrated their regard for the human condition. A written application to the Financial Aid Office would explain their need for financial aid to further help them in the next step in launching their careers. The Financial Aid office will determine the recipients. Our members look forward to following the progress of these young women as they continue to pursue the Chatham motto of being “World Ready Women”. Prior to 2009 Scholarships were awarded annually to Fox Chapel Area high School graduating senior girls who indented to pursue the study of math or science and/or have selected field of study or career path which is considered non-traditional for women.
Young Women’s Recognition Night (YWRN)
The Fox Chapel Area Branch held its first biennial event on March 14, 2006. It is designed to recognize and encourage middle school girls who excel in and show strong potential and interest in math and science. The evening also features a panel discussion by professional women presently working or studying in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, and information technology. The honorees have an opportunity to meet with panelists and see displays of STEM opportunities they may be interested in during the school year and the summer. The selection of the middle school honorees is made by each science and math teacher at Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District. The honorees, parents, teachers, administrators and school board directors are invited to attend this event. The next Young Women’s Recognition Night is scheduled for March, 2014.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Careers Achievement Night (STEM-CAN)
The Fox Chapel Area Branch held its inauguaral event on March 29, 2011. The biennial evening program recognizes sophomore and junior young women at Fox Chapel Area High School, nominated by their teachers, for enthusiasm and potential in the study of and possible careers in science, technology, engineering or math. A panel of five women professionals in these areas held roundtable discussions with the young women while parents, school district representatives, teachers and guests heard keynote speakers discuss why there are so few women in these fields and what can be done to encourage young women to continue to pursue them. The evening ended with a dessert reception and informal conversation. the next STEM-CAN will be schedules for March, 2013.
Friend of Equity Award
The Fox Chapel Area Branch of AAUW developed its Friend of Equity Award in 1992 and has presented this award each year since its inception. AAUW-PA adopted this concept and now awards a Pennsylvania Gateway to Equity Award annually and encourages branches throughout the commonwealth to do so as well. The Friend of Equity Award recognizes a person or group who show by action and philosophy the equal treatment of girls and boys in and outside of the classroom. Nominations for the award are solicited from AAUW members and the community.
AAUW Fellowships and Grants
One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Fund supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. These fellowships are awarded by the AAUW Educational Foundation and not by our local branch. Applications and more information may be found at http://www.aauw.org/fga/fellowships_grants/index.cfm