Judy Wu Wins Women’s Leadership Scholarship for International Education Essay

Judy Wu Wins Women’s Leadership Scholarship for International Education Essay

Judy Wu
Third-year School of Education and Social Policy student Judy Wu is a first-place award winner of the Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship created in conjunction with the Womenetics Global Women's Initiative: The Ripple Effect conferences.

She will receive $5,000 as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the 11th Annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center in 2012.

Wu, who is a learning and organizational change major, was selected for her 2,500 word essay that focused on international access to education and a proposal for literacy and educational development in Nigeria.

In an effort to encourage undergraduate students to research and ignite awareness about international issues, Womenetics joined forces with Georgia-Pacific and Discover Financial Services to award a total of $22,000 through the Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship competition. Each company will award a first place winner and four runners-up a total of $11,000.

Womenetics is a business media platform providing substantive information for and about women. Womenetics celebrates women in the workplace and focuses on them as leaders, exploring how women's abilities can be effectively employed to impact today's critical challenges.

Wu’s essay puts forth a proposal for improving education in Nigeria, where nearly one-fourth of all men and half of all women are illiterate. “As globalization widens the gap between rich and poor, literate and illiterate, man and woman, education becomes an increasingly practical solution to an enormous spectrum of social and economic problems,” she writes.

Wu says of her award, “I am extremely grateful for not only the scholarship, but also the opportunity to be recognized by such an active and inspiring organization. To be recognized is truly an honor, especially since I am a strong proponent of change and progress.” She says that being in SESP has made her more aware of and interested in educational issues.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/15/11