Photo of graduate student Cleyana Mayweather, branch President Anna Marie Hoffman, Program Chair Louise Conti, and graduate student Anna Tariq at our April branch meeting. Both students have received grants from AAUW to further their education.
NORTH FULTON BRANCH GRANT AND DONATION PROGRAM
AAUW’s mission since 1881 is working for education and equity for women and girls. Nationally, AAUW funds have supported educational and professional opportunities for women through fellowships, grants, and awards and as well as combated sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Our members spent much time considering the best way to use the funds we earn from the annual Bookfair.
In 2017 our Branch donated:
->$ 4000 to National AAUW for use as unrestricted funds
->$ 4000 to AAUW’s 2017 NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) program and
->$ 1500 earmarked for donations to local educational projects.
Our branch sent the $1500 to Klaretta Young Jacobs for educational equipment needed in her kindergarten classroom. (See pictures below.) These happy kindergarten students returned to their classroom to find it filled with new educational equipment and materials donated by the North Fulton Branch of AAUW. According to their teacher, Ms. Jacobs, it was like they had a giant surprise holiday/birthday party. Ms. Jacobs was able to complete her Master’s degree thanks to a 2010 scholarship from the North Fulton Branch of AAUW. She went on to be voted Teacher of the Year at her school and to continue her branch membership. We are pleased to support the fine education she is providing for her students.
Teacher of the Year is: Klaretta Young Jacobs Receives 2017-2018 Teacher Of The Year Award from Dunwoody Elementary School.
Kindergarten class at Dunwoody Elementary receive educational equipment and material.
As a follow-up to our November 2017 branch meeting when Girls Who Code were our guest speakers, members of the North Fulton branch attended the Girls Who Code graduation day in May. Girls Who Code in North Fulton is part of a nationwide program. Girls learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, and apps. We bought T-shirts and gave them to the girls earlier in the year. At graduation the girls demonstrated their app and talked about what they learned. Certificates and awards were handed out. The website the girls have built is: https://gwc-homelessness.firebaseapp.com. Coming up is the Python Summer class for Girls in grades 6-10, an 2-day/8 week crash course in the Python Programming language.
As mentioned above, our branch sent $4000 to AAUW’s 2017 NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) program. NCCWSL is considered an essential experience for any woman serious about creating a meaningful impact on her campus, mobilizing her community, and preparing for personal and professional success after graduation. Our branch funding assisted two students to attend the NCCWSL Conference in 2017. Here are their letters:
Help homeless working families achieve stability by donating to Roswell-based HomeStretch.
By Joan O’Connell (Open Post)
November 3, 2015
HomeStretch/Housing Initiative of North Fulton was recently presented with a check for $2,500 from the American Association of University Woman (AAUW) North Fulton Branch as a Challenge for Georgia Gives Day. Funding will provide Life Skills Education and Family Contingency Funding to help working homeless families.
AAUW is challenging North Fulton to meet their donation for Georgia Gives Day and help HomeStretch reach a goal of $5,000. Georgia Gives Day is a 24 hour statewide giving event which takes place on Nov. 12, 2015 and is designed to support HomeStretch and other non-profits continue the work they do in the community. Any donation from now until Nov. 12 will count toward the Challenge.
Funding from AAUW will provide a facilitator for a Life Skills Education class plus Family Contingency Funding to cover emergency car repairs, transportation, medical and dental costs. The fund permits working homeless families continue to make progress with budgeting, debt pay-down and saving without interruption for unexpected expenses. Implementing financial literacy skills with the support a caseworker, mentors and Life Skills Education, in addition to housing, helps working homeless families create self-sufficiency and long-term sustainable change in the HomeStretch program.
North Fulton Branch Allocates Bookfair Proceeds for 2014-15
At our January 11, 2014 meeting we had a lengthy discussion regarding funds and their allocation. Members unanimously agreed on the following:
- Award a $3,000 scholarship to a female student at the Alpharetta Campus of a Georgia college or university. See recipient information under Scholarship.
- Keep a minimum of $1,000 in our bank account as reserve funds.
- Allocate $1,000 to Agnes Scott College for one student to participate in AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) program. Because of unforeseen delays, this could not be implemented this year. The funds will carry over to 2015.
- Allocate $119.88 to AAUW for website creation and management for one year.
- Allocate $4,000 to National AAUW through Fund #9110. This fund supports the programs that have the greatest need.
2014-2015 Branch Scholarship Winner
Michelle Herring is an Atlanta native and graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in Film and Video Production. After spending more than a decade in the beauty industry serving as a makeup artist for CNN studios in Atlanta and owning her own salon; Michelle decided to return to school to pursue her Masters of Art in Teaching through Reinhardt University. “Teaching really is my passion for this phase of my life,” Michelle says. “I’ve enjoyed so many blessings in my life,I can’t wait to give back.”
A mother of two young children, Michelle and her husband Mike enjoy traveling and annual family trips to Disney World. Michelle also uses her gifts in the arts through freelance graphic design and photography projects.
“I am so impressed by these women in the North Fulton branch of AAUW. They give back in so many ways and I am privileged not only to be this year’s recipient, but now a member among them.”
2013-2014 Branch Scholarship Winner
Anuja Whitaker is a student in the Professional MBA program at Georgia State University and is taking classes at the Alpharetta campus. Her concentrations are in Operations Management and International Business. She is a volunteer at the Drake House and is on the Board of Directors. She also volunteers with Bal Vihar, which she describes as being “dedicated to teaching children about the Indian culture and Hindi, its primary language.” In connection with that group, she and other volunteers founded a Hindi school, which now has 60 students from around the Atlanta metro area. She and her husband and two children live in Roswell.
2013 NCCWSL Award
Using funds obtained through 2012 Bookfair sales, the North Fulton branch awarded $1000 to Agnes Scott College to enable a student of their choosing to attend the 2013 NCCWSL Conference. Olivia Bello, a junior at Agnes Scott College majoring in biology and minoring in dance, was selected. Olivia started her journey at Agnes Scott in the summer of 2010 as a GEMS Scholar. Through the GEMS program, Olivia has grown as a student, a scientist and a leader. She has been recognized in the past two years as a Dana Scholar for her leadership roles in the Interfaith Cooperative and Tower Council. In her free time she enjoys dancing in the college’s Studio Dance Theatre company and sampling the local eateries in Atlanta with her friends. Olivia looks forward to her study abroad trip to France this spring and plans to apply for the Teach For America program in the fall.
2012 NCCWSL Award
Using $575 from the Alice Snead Memorial Fund and $425 obtained through 2011 Bookfair sales, the North Fulton branch awarded $1000 to Agnes Scott College to enable a student of their choosing to attend the 2012 NCCWSL Conference. Kristina Evans, a first-year math major at the College, was selected.
Kristina Evans is a first-year math major at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. Her activities enhance her growing leadership role on campus especially in the STEM disciplines and assist in self-discovery. The graduate of a small private school, Kristina held key posts and participated in a number of service projects that her school’s Beta Club and Rotary Interact Club hosted: from food drives to fundraising for international literacy to teaching refugee children phonics. As a leader in these clubs, Kristina learned organizational skills and how to be academically successful.
At age 16, Kristina applied and was accepted to Agnes Scott College and their competitive Generating Excellence in Math and Science (GEMS) Summer Scholars Program where she became a standout student. Throughout the summer, she spread the love of mathematics and camaraderie (she wrote a theme song for the 2011 cohort). Gaining confidence in herself as a leader and as an individual, Kristina continues to express herself by writing and performing original “country-folk” songs and in the Agnes Scott Collegiate Chorale. Likewise, she remains an advocate of the STEM disciplines and GEMS by tutoring other GEMS students in mathematics and championing the love of science and math with prospective students. This summer, Kristina hopes to participate in some form of mathematical research.
2012-2013 Branch Scholarship Winners
Samantha Stanford is pursuing her MBA in Finance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology in May 2005 from UGA. After spending 6 years in the social services industry with the State of Georgia, she decided she could best help and build communities with a new career path in business. She hopes to pursue a career in business strategy consulting or as a financial analyst.
Ms. Stanford commented, “The receipt of the North Fulton Branch scholarship will allow me to take part in opportunities that would not have been possible without the assistance. These opportunities will enrich my learning and build invaluable business experience I can apply in the real world. I am truly honored to have been selected and to become a part of this community that supports education.”
Kelly Coltrane shared, “I grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia with my parents and one younger sister. I graduated from Auburn University in marketing and earned my MBA in marketing from Georgia State University. After graduating, I dabbled in marketing research, editing, sales, and secretarial work. Within three years of marrying my husband, we wanted to start a family and decided that I would stay home with the children. Our deal was that when our youngest started kindergarten, I would go back to work. That time came quickly and soon I realized that I needed a career. First, I taught for 2 years at our church’s preschool and then I became a substitute teacher in elementary schools close to where we live in Fulton County (four years and counting). I loved it! After much prayer and many conversations with family and friends, I realized that I was called to teach. Last fall I enrolled in the MAT program at Reinhardt University and I will graduate in spring 2013. I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi and currently have a 4.0 GPA. My goal is to become an excellent teacher – one who is loving, challenging, and fair. I am very excited to begin this new adventure and I am so thankful to the AAUW for helping me reach my goal!”
In May of 2011 the North Fulton Branch awarded $2,500 scholarships to two local women pursuing their advanced degrees at area colleges for the academic year 2011-12. For the past several years, monies for these annual scholarships were secured by Branch members through their volunteer work before and during AAUW’s Annual Book Fair.
Aparna Rallabandi received her MBA at Reinhardt College’s McCamish School of Business, Alpharetta campus. She received her Master of Sciences in Telecommunications from the Illinois Institute of Technology. A part time student with a full time job and family, she plans to use the AAUW funds to help pay for tuition and books. Ms. Rallabandi said, “I know and will always remember that when I needed some financial assistance and asked for it, I was heard and helped and whenever and however I can, I need to give back so that this cycle goes on and the world is seen as a better place to live by more and more people. I see MBA education as another step in my pursuit for knowledge and continuous learning.”
Olga Petricevic is a Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. In a Joint Degree Program, she received both her Masters of International Business from Robinson College and her Bachelor of Arts in German (Summa Cum Laude) from GSU’s College of Arts and Sciences. She has now entered into the final dissertation stage of her Doctorate program and is working on building a comprehensive data set to test hypotheses developed in her dissertation. Ms. Petricevic said, “The AAUW scholarship will enable me to advance much faster in my research by providing the necessary funding for collecting and building a unique data set. I am so grateful and so honored to be part of the AAUW community and I am committed to actively continue AAUW’s mission of breaking barriers for women and girls, especially in higher education.”
In May 2010, the North Fulton Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded $2,500 scholarships to two women pursuing their Masters Degrees at area colleges. AAUW is proud to announce that in May 2011, both recipients received their Master’s Degrees.
Schnell Manson, a recent graduate of Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, received the AAUW – North Fulton Branch academic scholarship two years in a row. According to Ms. Manson “the awards have been a tremendous asset in helping to pay for my MBA graduate degree. Receiving these scholarships has made the rising cost of tuition and student fees less taxing”. Schnell graduated in May with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a 3.78 GPA. She is pursuing a career as a Senior Financial Analyst with a company in the North Fulton area. She plans to continue to work with AAUW. “I have really enjoyed being part of AAUW and I look forward to helping the North Fulton Branch recruit other scholarship recipients” said Ms. Manson.
Klaretta Young was also a North Fulton Branch scholarship winner for this past academic year. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Reinhardt University’s Price School of Education with a 3.95 GPA and is teaching at a local public school in North Fulton. Ms. Young is an active member of the North Fulton branch and was selected by the branch to receive a $500 scholarship to attend AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in 2011. Ms. Young commented that “It was an honor to have been chosen from among so many intelligent and deserving young women to receive the AAUW scholarship. The financial assistance allowed me to focus on my academic achievement and less on the financial details of attending school. I will be forever grateful to AAUW. To show my continued appreciation and to help pave the way for future recipients, I will continue to do my part by being actively involved in AAUW, North Fulton Branch.”