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2016-2017 AAUW Fellows in North Carolina

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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 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016-2017 academic year. Eleven grants went to those in North Carolina: seven American Fellowships, three Career Development Grants, and one Community Action Grant. Six universities – Duke (3), UNC – Greensboro (3), Appalachian State, UNC – Chapel Hill, UNC – Charlotte, and Wake Forest — and one nonprofit – Smart Girls Smart Choices, Inc. –  received awards.

American Fellowships:

  • Mary Jane CarmichalPh.D., Biology, Wake Forest
  • Erika Edwards, Publication Grant, History, UNC Charlotte
  • Ashley Farmer, Publication Grant, History, Duke
  • Harshita Kamath, Publication Grant, Religion, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Mecca Sullivan, Postdoctoral, Women’s Studies, Duke
  • Pauli Tashima, Language and Literature – Asian, UNC Greensboro
  • Michelle Wolff, Ph.D., Religion, Duke

Career Development Grants:

  • Adela Del Valle, M.P.H.,Health and medical sciences, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Cassie Pena, M.S., Psychology, Appalachian State
  • Richelle Suttle, M.S., Health and medical sciences, UNC Chapel Hill

Community Action Grant:

  • Smart Girls Smart Choices Inc., Brandy Burnette, Raleigh, NC

Donations from AAUW members in North Carolina and around the country have made these fellowships and grants possible. Here is how the endowments of special interest to North Carolina are being used:

  • Shirley S. and Karl S. Quisenberry endowment is partially supporting Erika Edwards
  • Ellen Black Winston and Elizabeth A. Colton endowments are partially supporting Michelle Wolff
  • NC Golden Anniversary and Beth Norris  endowments are partially supporting Adela Del Valle.
  • Stine J. Schaffmeyer and Charlotte Branch endowments are partially supporting Cassie Pena
  • Enola G. Retherford endowment is partially supporting Richelle Zick
  • L. Adelaide and M. Elizabeth Johnson endowment is partially supporting Smart Girls Smart Choices Inc.
  • Sandy Bernard/Alice Ann Leidel endowment is partially supporting Tara Prakash at NYU
  • Rosalynd Nix Gilliat International Fellowship is partially supporting Amna Tariq at Georgia State

For more details on the scholars, the projects or the history of support by the endowments, see the online directory of fellowship and grant recipients.

We are pleased to announce that the endowment honoring Ann Chipley reached stipend producing level in 2016, and the income will be used to fund American Fellowships and Selected Professions Fellowships starting in 2017-2018.

You’ll find more information about the AAUW Educational Funds at as well as an overview of all AAUW philanthropic priorities that explains the multiple ways to contribute.

Members who want to invite one of the current fellows to participate in a branch event can check with their branch president (who has access to the information in the AAUW Member Services Database) or for contact information.