Congratulations to School of Education student, Rockyatu Otoo, who was awarded the Career Development Grant by the American Association of University Women (AAUW)! Rockyatu is a NYC Teaching Fellow pursuing her Childhood and Childhood Special Education MST on our NYC campus. 
Rockyatu's background is in community organizing, arts, cultural advocacy, as well as international education. She creates learning experiences that encourage adventure, equity, and accountability to her students, administrators, and school communities. Her love of arts and culture, passion for fairness and social justice, and desire to train students for a future they can fight for are infused into her teaching career.
Read more about grant and announcement from the AAUW:

Pace University Scholar Among AAUW Fellowships and Grants Recipients

Programs aim to tackle barriers women face in education


WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded one of its 2019–20 fellowships and grants to one scholar at Pace University. Recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

  • Rockyatu Otoo, a recipient of the Career Development Grant, is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Special Education.

AAUW is one of the world’s oldest leading supporters of graduate women’s education. Since 1888, it has awarded more than $115 million in fellowships, grants and awards to 13,000 recipients from more than 145 countries. For the 2019–20 academic year, AAUW awarded more than $4 million in fellowships and grants to roughly 260 scholars, research projects and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls.

“In the 130 years that AAUW has been providing funding, our fellows and grantees have contributed so much to their schools, their communities and to society at large,” said Kim Churches, chief executive officer of AAUW. “We know that this year’s recipients will continue in that esteemed tradition, and we are honored to provide the resources they need to excel in their academic work – and to ultimately make a difference in the world.”

Educational funding is especially important given that women are disproportionately burdened by student debt.  And their ability to pay off that debt is hampered by a lifelong pay gap that affects women in nearly every profession. The pay gap widens over time and has consequences on all aspect of a woman’s financial life, from paying for an education to saving for a comfortable retirement.  AAUW’s awards help to alleviate the burden of student debt so women can focus on developing their skills and experience. 

Applications open August 1 each year. Deadlines vary by program. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s fellowships and grants have helped scholars and activists overcome barriers to education and advancement for 130 years. Learn more and join us at