Since filling out fellowship applications, gathering up transcripts and following up on letters of recommendation last autumn, I’ve been waiting to hear if I’d been awarded any of these highly competitive fellowships. Finally, I received some good news: I’ve been selected as one of the AAUW’s American Fellows for the upcoming academic year!
The AAUW is one of the greatest supporters of women’s education. According to their website, The American Fellowship is “one of the largest sources of funding for graduate education for women” providing “more than $90 million to upwards of 11,000 fellows and grantees since awarding its first fellowship” in 1888. Other women to receive this fellowship include the late astronaut Judith Resnick, Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC and Tulane University, and the late writer Susan Sontag (who happened to be a classmate of my grandmother’s at North Hollywood High).
It is truly a great honor to be selected for this fellowship and humbling to consider the company in which it places me. Many thanks to the AAUW for their faith in my work and for their generous and ongoing support of women’s education!