Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship

Madison Lee won last year’s scholarship!

Graduate Student Opportunity

Womenetics, a business media platform targeting professional women, is seeking several graduate students with an interest in global women’s issues to participate in an important project and selection process.  Womenetics has partnered with Georgia-Pacific and Discover Financial Services to present undergraduate students with the opportunity to win scholarship money through the Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship essay contest. AAGS was created in conjunction with two of Womenetics’ upcoming events, the Global Women’s Initiative in Atlanta on September 30 and the Global Women’s Initiative in Chicago on November 10.

In order to register for the scholarship, students must complete a 2,500-word essay based on one of nine topics:
.         Access to health
.         Education and literacy
.         Human trafficking
.         Women and public policy
.         Economic empowerment
.         Security and political empowerment
.         Gender imbalance and cultural implications
.         Global leadership
.         Corporate social innovation

The first place winner of each Prize will receive $5,000, a trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2012 Vital Voice’s Global Leadership Awards, and an invitation to the respective city’s Global Women’s Initiative.

As part of the review process, Womenetics is recruiting graduate students who have advanced expertise on these topics for the “first cut” selection committee to read the essays and to narrow the field of applicants. This first cut review will take place between August 12 and September 2, 2011. (The number of essays that will be read will not be known until the deadline for essay submissions closes on August 12) In appreciation for their assistance, each graduate student who participates in the essay review is invited to be Womenetics’ guest at the day-long Global Women’s Initiative on September 30 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel. At this event, graduate students will have the opportunity to connect with speakers and panelists, including world renowned human rights activist, Somaly Mam, and founder of Women Moving Millions and the Hunt Alternatives Fund, Ambassador Swanee Hunt. Graduate students will also have the opportunity to interface with key thought leaders from the corporate, NGO, public policy and academic realms who are involved in these critical issues.

The Review Process

Using a customized rubric to guide the grading, graduate students will help Womenetics narrow the field to the top 30-40 essays. These 30-40 essays will then be given to Global Women’s Initiative program panelists who will select
the top 10. Womenetics will then select the top five and The Honorable Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues will select the overall winner for each scholarship. The winners will be announced at each
event in Atlanta and Chicago.

Attached, you will find more information regarding the scholarship and theGlobal Women’s Initiative. Please contact me (msmith@thewychegroup.com or404-233-4480) if you are interested in participating in this selection effort. Womenetics appreciates your willingness to assist us, and looks forward to hearing from all interested graduate students.

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