Student Attending Johns Hopkins School of Education Wins AAUW Career Development Grant

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WASHINGTON  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2013 14 Career Development Grant to Stephanie E. Gargiulo of Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a master’s in educational studies with a concentration in urban education reform at Johns Hopkins University.

WASHINGTON – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2013–14 Career Development Grant to Stephanie E. Gargiulo of Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a master’s in educational studies with a concentration in urban education reform at Johns Hopkins University.

Career Development Grants help women advance in their careers. AAUW originally designed these awards to offer funding to AAUW members who were seeking to renew or resume academic work for career or employment advancement. The grants now assist women who are preparing to advance or change careers or to re-enter the workforce.

“I was humbled and incredibly honored to discover that I was among 64 women who received the Career Development Grant from AAUW,” said Stephanie. “I was shaking as I read the congratulatory email. I am used to being one of the people sending emails out to scholarship recipients, so being on the receiving end of the email was a true blessing. I am tremendously thankful to AAUW of their support of my educational endeavors.”

Stephanie attended St. Mary’s University in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in English communication arts. She received a master’s degree in public communication from American University in Washington before working briefly with the NFL Players Association.

Since 2008, Stephanie has worked as an educational programs coordinator for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., which provides college scholarships and mentorship to low-income students who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and dedication to pursue higher education.

Stephanie is also deeply involved in the Washington, D.C. community, as a tutor and as a board member of the YWCA’s National Capital Area. Upon completion of her degree, Stephanie hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in education policy and serve as a catalyst for change within today’s education system. She is interested in finding ways to bring teachers, communities, students, and families together to find solutions for the problems that ail urban schools.

“The AAUW Career Development Grant recipients are an amazing group of women who are seeking new opportunities and professional training to advance their careers,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “One recent recipient used the grant to pursue advanced certification in auto mechanics at a community college. While there, she helped start a club to support female mechanic students. She’s just one of countless examples of how our awardees work to empower women and girls.”

For the 2013–14 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to 245 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants.

AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded nearly $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to more than 12,000 women from more than 130 countries since 1888. As part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the fellowships and grants program, AAUW created a new video and interactive timeline, which feature historic photos and artifacts from the program’s rich history. The materials include photos of Marie Curie and Coretta Scott King as well as documents from an AAUW committee that raised money to help European scholars and university women displaced by World War II.

To find out more about AAUW’s current awardees, visit the online directory and read the press release. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or e-mail