Aisha Christa Atkinson, a former Wayne County public school teacher, has been awarded a competitive American Association of University Women Career Development Grant.
Atkinson, of Rosenburg, Texas, is one of 63 award recipients and is set to receive a grant of more than $10,000. The grant will be used to support her pursuit of a master’s degree in educational administration, specializing in Pre-K through 12th grade school leadership, at Texas A&M International University, during the 2019-20 award year.
“To be selected as one of the recipients across the United States of America for this grant is an opportunity that I will always be proud and ever cognizant of,” Atkinson said. “The AAUW has bestowed upon me an investment into not only my career, but the futures of my son and the thousands of young women and men I will have the privilege of educating in the decades to come.”
Atkinson is a University of Mount Olive summa cum laude graduate who received the Lorelle F. Martin Award for the highest GPA, in May 2013. A former Goldsboro resident of 27 years, she also taught for Wayne County Public Schools at Eastern Wayne High School for two years prior to moving to Texas.
She is a seventh-year English language arts teacher who aspires to become a campus administrator who advocates for the opportunities and resources that address the linguistic needs and the career and college readiness of English language learners and at-risk students, according to the American Association of University Women.
She is also committed to recruiting, mentoring and retaining teachers of color, as well as fostering their growth into leaders who invest in the development of minority educators and students.
“The support of AAUW is giving me a head start on my journey toward accomplishing my academic goals and career aspirations,” she said.
AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education. During the past 130 years, it has provided more than $115 million in fellowships, grants and awards to 13,000 women from more than 145 countries.
For the 2019-20 academic year, AAUW is awarding a total of $4 million through seven fellowships and grants programs to 259 scholars, research projects and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls.
AAUW Career Development Grants help women who are preparing to change or advance their careers or to re-enter the workforce. AAUW’s awards help to alleviate the burden of student debt so women can focus on developing their skills and experience.
“AAUW fellows and grantees have contributed so much to society and to the world at large,” said Kim Churches, the chief executive officer of AAUW. “These trailblazers are breaking the mold in nontraditional fields and redefining what leadership looks like. AAUW is proud to support them with the resources they need to excel.”