Welcome to the Greater Rochester Area (NY) Branch!

January2015DinnerBRANCH LUNCH – January 10
REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING

MLKAs we approach Dr. King’s birthday on January 19th, I am reminded of his speech “Where Do We Go From Here?,” delivered at the 11th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga. In his speech, Dr. King says, “first the line of progress is never straight. For a period a movement may follow a straight line and then it encounters obstacles and the path bends. It is like curving around a mountain when you are approaching a city. Often it feels like you are moving backwards and you lose sight of your goal, but in fact you are moving ahead and soon you will see the city again closer by.”

The 2014 events and the obstacles we witnessed nationally and internationally
seemed to make the path Dr. King hoped for us seem almost impossible to
reach. In Rochester, we chose Community!

A movement to build community around Facing Race and Embracing Equity
led by the Democrat and Chronicle has begun this journey to build an inclusive
community. Here at GRAB AAUW and in keeping with our mission of “diversity
and inclusion” we are also participants on this journey to build a community
where all are welcomed and included.

Our speaker this month will be Karen Magnuson, Editor and Vice President/News
of the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group, who will discuss this very topic and
Unite Rochester. “In taking on racial disparities, both the challenges and the rewards
are great!”

Special Thank You to Cynthia Herriott, VP of Public Policy at GRAB AAUW and
Unite Rochester Chair of the Justice Committee, for securing our speaker.
This promises to be an inspiring, rewarding and most timely conversation. Join us
and bring a fellow member and a friend! Let’s move us “closer so we can see that
city again.”

Gaynelle Wethers, Programs VP


American Association of University Women

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014-15 academic year. Due to the long-standing, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.

1)   Community Action Grants

Eligibility: Individuals, AAUW branches and states, and nonprofit organizations to fund innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls

  • Funding: One-year grant, $2,000–$7,000
    Two-year grant, $5,000–$10,000
  • Deadline: January 15, 2015

2)   Career Development Grants

Eligibility: Women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period

  • Funding: $2,000–$12,000
  • Deadline: December 15, 2014

3)   Selected Professions Fellowships

Eligibility: Women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business and medicine

  • Funding: $5,000–$18,000
  • Deadline: January 10, 2015

Contact: aauw@scholarshipamerica.org
Website: www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/


WHEN WOMEN succeed AMERICA succeeds, Seneca Falls, NY.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. 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.

GRAB Vision
GRAB AAUW Is a World Class lifelong Learning & Teaching Center for all generations of Women & Girls and seen as a key Community Resource and a Driving Force for any and all Women’s Issues in the Greater Rochester Area.

GRAB Diversity Statement
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.