NSAD Architecture Student Awarded Career Development Grant from American Association of University Women
Alison P. Downton has been awarded a 2011-12 Career Development Grant. The AAUW Career Development Grant helps women who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers or re-enter the workforce.
For Immediate Release
San Diego—Nov. 28, 2011—Alison P. Downton, a student in the master’s program at NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), has been awarded a 2011–12 Career Development Grant of $9,999 from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
The AAUW Career Development Grant helps women who are preparing to advance their careers, change careers or re-enter the workforce. Downton received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston University and is a former captain in the United States Marine Corps. Her interests within the architecture field include theory, acoustics and alternative energies.
“I was honored to receive the Career Development Grant and to be recognized along with so many other inspiring women,” said Downton, who plans to graduate in 2014. “This grant will not only assist me financially, it will also assist me in furthering the role of women in the field of architecture.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2006, women represent about 24% of the workforce in most architecture occupations. NSAD ranks No. 1 among the 10 schools with NAAB-accredited architecture programs in California in awarding master’s degrees in architecture to women, according to 2009–10 IPEDS data.
AAUW offers one of the largest funding pools available for graduate-level women students through a variety of fellowships and grants, according to the organization. Of 628 eligible applicants, a total of 47 Career Development Grants were awarded. “AAUW Career Development Grant recipients are exceptional women breaking new ground, pursuing important fields of study and bolstering AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW director of fellowships, grants and international programs in a prepared statement.
For more information on the AAUW Career Development Grants program, visit www.aauw.org/learn/fellows_directory/cd.cfm.
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