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Grayson College Instructor Wins AAUW Career Development Grant

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2016–17 Career Development Grant to Joanna Bryant of Denison, Texas.  She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Administration at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

AAUW Career Development Grants help women advance in their careers. These awards were originally designed to offer funding to AAUW members who were seeking to renew or resume academic work for career or employment advancement. The grants now assist women who are preparing to advance or change careers or to re-enter the workforce.

Chef Bryant plans on using her new education to enrich Grayson College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program.  Chef Bryant already brings a wealth of knowledge to Grayson College.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College concentrating in entrepreneurship and finance.  She then received her Associates Degree of Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy- Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco.  She has kitchen experience in fine dining, casual dining, buffets, and catering in San Francisco, Dallas, and Denison.  She is an ACF Certified Culinarian, a voting professional member of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Chef’s Association, a current ACF member, certified through the NRAEF ManageFirst Program, and ServSafe Food Manager, Proctor and Instructor certified.  Chef Bryant is the current Grayson College Minnie Piper Stevens Professor Nominee, the Julia Child Fund at the Boston Foundation Independent Study Grant recipient for 2015, and an Athena Award Young Professional Award Nominee in 2014.  In 2015, Chef Bryant received a Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for her work in private enterprise education.

“Through the AAUW Career Development Grant program, we help amazing women achieve their professional and academic goals,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “This year’s group includes a wide range of activists who are ready to stand up for marginalized people. I hope that everyone gets a chance to learn more about the work of our grantees. It’s truly inspirational.”

For the 2016–17 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to more than 230 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants programs. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

Read AAUW’s announcement about this year’s awards. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or e-mail

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