2018 Education Award Recipients

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ACADEMIC STUDIES AWARDS             (For Children of FAWCO and FAUSA members)

Arts Award     $4,000

For undergraduate or graduate study in the history, theory and/or practice of the performing arts, visual arts, film and media arts, architecture and graphic arts.

Recipient: Pascal Shrady   His mother is a member of AIWC Cologne.
Pascal has always dreamed of a career in music. He not only sings but songwrites as well. He plays both the piano and guitar. He wishes to not only perform but produce music. He is in the process of applying to undergraduate programs in the U.S. where he can hone his music skills as well as learn the business of music to improve his technological skills.

Sciences Award     $4,000   Sponsored in part by AIWC Genoa, in memory of Frieda Bacigalupo Natali

For undergraduate or graduate study of scientific subjects (e.g., biology, chemistry), mathematics, medicine, engineering, environmental studies, computer science, economics or business administration.

Recipient: Leo Kuhnen   His mother is a member of AWC Brussels.
Leo lost his father five years ago to pancreatic cancer. It is this tragic event that inspired him to pursue a career in the field of cancer research. He is currently applying to natural science programs in The Netherlands with the further goal of achieving a Master's Degree in biomedical science.

Humanities Awards     $4,000  

For undergraduate or graduate study in the fields including, but not limited to, education, law, social studies, history and languages.

Due to generosity in sponsorship, there were two awards available which were given to the two highest-ranked applicants:

Humanities Award   Sponsored in part by AAWE Paris, in memory of Gertrude de Gallaix

Recipient: Meaghan O'Hearn   Her mother is a member of AWC Zurich.
Meaghan has already received her Bachelor's Degree in Science from Georgetown University as well as her Master's from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After working for a year in Bangalore, India, she developed a keen interest in the importance of nutrition on the human body. She has now decided to pursue her Doctorate where her research will focus on the correlation of industry strategies and dietary patterns, especially in relation to processed food and obesity.               

Caroline Newton Humanities Award

Recipient: Fintan Viebahn   Her mother is a member of IWC Munich.
Fintan is in the process of finishing her dual Bachelor's Degrees in Law and Philosophy. She will then begin her Master's Degree with a particular focus on political philosophy and digitization. The ethical questions in this emerging digital world require answers. Which ethical aspects should be considered when programming artificial intelligence? Will artificial intelligence put humans out of work or threaten humanity? What focus has been given to digital privacy? It is her hope that with her continued education she will help in developing these answers. 


DUAL CULTURAL AWARD   (For Children/Grandchildren of FAWCO members - one Parent/Grandparent must be American)

Dual Cultural Award     $4,000   Sponsored in part by AWC Bern and Donna Erismann, in memory of Suzanne Erismann

To be used to attend a semester of American high school or an academic or structured educational summer program in the United States.

Recipient: Laura Wilhelm   Her mother is a member of AIWC Cologne.
Laura will be participating in a program at Northwestern University this coming summer. Growing up in Germany, she has always experienced the world of a bicultural person. Through her parents' efforts of encouraging spoken English at home, and spending time every summer in the U.S. with her grandparents, she has grown up German but still retains her American roots. The Center for Talent Development program at Northwestern focuses on Calculus, Chemistry and Psychology. She very much looks forward to seeing how her performance compares to that of American students just like her.


MEMBER AWARDS           (For FAWCO and FAUSA members)

These awards recognize the diverse lives of our members, their achievements and their neverending quest for knowledge and self-improvement.

FAUSA Skills Enhancement Award     $4,000

This award is for acquiring new skills or enhancing already existing ones. This will allow a FAWCO or FAUSA member to become more capable, competent and confident by acquiring the skills to improve performance in any given field.

Recipient: Kristin Melia    She is a member of AIWC Naples
Kristin is currently working on her Master's Degree in "Immigration and the Public Policy of Integration." It is her direct experience of living in Naples, Italy where she has seen the results of asylum seeker immigration and her prior experience of working immigration and identity management through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that has led to her to this field of study. As part of the process of obtaining her Master's Degree, she will be responsible for writing on the Migration Routes at Sea for the Brussels and Washington, D.C. based think tank "Migration Policy Institute."

Women in STEM     $4000   In Honor of AWA Dubai's 21 years serving the international community of Dubai

This award is for the study of STEM disciplines including the study of chemistry, computer and information technology science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy. 

Recipient: Melanie Baur   She is a member of AIWC Düsseldorf.
Melanie has decided to further her education by completing a certificate program in Marketing Analytics through Penn State University. Her goal is to enhance her digital marketing and communcation skills as well as improve her understanding of data analytics. She is driven to excel in communication and marketing strategies while being a leader in the nonprofit sector. 

AWC Hamburg Continuing Education Award     $4,000 

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the American Women's Club of Hamburg, this award is for a FAWCO or FAUSA member to further their education at university or an equivalent level through courses, workshops and certification programs. Subjects can encompass all areas of interest - inter alia, journalism, writing, the arts and philanthropy, however, excludes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Recipient: Tammy Sas-Mayaux   She is a member of AAWE Paris.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are what drive Tammy to further her education through a Master's Degree focused on the historic context of globalization and economic development, public policy theory, as well as corporate regulation, strategies for citizen action and sustainable development. A glaring example of her main motivation is a 2017 report that was published by Oxfam titled "Reward Work, Not Wealth." In it was the statement that billionaires in 2017 had earned the equivalent of what we would need to solve extreme world poverty, seven times over. The knowledge and skills she would learn through this Master's program will give her the advantage she needs to promote change on a local, national and international scale.

A very heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 2018 Education Award Recipients!

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