Category: EDU - General (Inside MC staff use only)
Published: Apr 22 2014 12:18PM
The Montgomery College Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGSP) has received the 2014 Community College Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). The AAWCC Community College Award is one of the Association's Model Program Awards, "a national award program designed to highlight the accomplishments of colleges, AAWCC members and chapters, individuals, and community partners that support women in professional development, leadership training, career advancement, service activities, mentoring and networking." The award recognizes a community college for a program or programs that demonstrate a commitment to equity and excellence for women on campus. It was presented at the AAWCC's Annual Awards Breakfast, on Monday, April 7, at the Woodman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The WGSP was selected for this honor based on its Annual Scholarship Program, which supports and promotes equality and equal access and opportunities for all women and men at Montgomery College. The Scholarship Program was also selected because it aligns well with the AAWCC's mission and goals to change women's lives through education, service and leadership development. The Scholarship Program is broad in scope as it reaches out to the entire college both in the raising of monies for scholarships and in the award of the scholarships to students from a variety of disciplines on all three campuses. Specific fundraising initiatives have included silent auctions, sale of Lucinda Pins, dance performances, and donations at the Annual Scholarship Breakfast.
Excerpts from scholarship winners' application essays were selected for use in the event's program, underscoring their leadership in women's, gender-related or other socially conscious program, including this one:
"I believe when women are visible and have their own voice in major institutions, their voices can bridge a gender gap and promote gender equality in every society."