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WKU graduate student receives AAUW Career Development Grant

AAUW has awarded a 2010–11 Career Development Grant to Bonita Tyler of Louisville, who is pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics at WKU.

AAUW originally designed Career Development Grants to offer “encouragement” funding to AAUW members seeking to renew or resume academic work for credit toward career or employment advancement. Through the years, the grants have helped hundreds of women pursue their educational goals and achieve professional success. Currently, the grants assist women preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce.

When notified she had received a 2010-11 Career Development Grant, Tyler said, “I believe receiving this grant is a privilege and an honor and trust its benefits will be far reaching into the academic lives of my current and future students.”

Tyler teaches developmental mathematics classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College-Southwest in Louisville. She also has taught algebra classes to home school students. Committed to helping students achieve their academic goals, Tyler challenges them to reach for their individual dreams and overcome any obstacles that hinder their learning. After completing a master’s of arts in mathematics, she will continue to teach and mentor students, incorporating more technology in the classroom as an aid to learning.

“Through our Career Development Grants, AAUW opens the doors for women and helps them realize their full potential at a time when we’re seeing an unprecedented number of women in the workforce as breadwinners,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW director of fellowships, grants, and international programs. “When you help a woman, you help the community. AAUW has been doing just that for more than a century. We stand on a rich history of philanthropy.”

The 2010–11 Career Development Grant recipients are an impressive group of women representing a diverse range of career interests and fields of study, including public administration, environmental health, mathematics, nursing, psychology and industrial design.

About the grant program

AAUW offers one of the largest funding pools available for graduate-level women. Since 1888, AAUW has provided more than $80 million to 11,000 fellows and grantees. Click here to read the press release about this year’s awards.

To view the directory of fellowship and grant recipients, visit www.aauw.org/education/fga/fellows_directory/index.cfm.

To reach an award recipient, contact AAUW at (202) 728-7602 or fellowships@aauw.org. For information about sponsorship and endowments, contact development@aauw.org.

To apply, visit www.aauw.org/education/fga. For application questions, contact aauw@act.org.

About AAUW: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding more than 128 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections. Take a virtual tour of the AAUW Experience and visit the new AAUW website.

Contact: Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org, (202) 785-7738

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