FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2013
Phil West, Orange Cone Agency
Girlstart intern Bonnie-Claire Duren, a STEM CREW (Creative, Resourceful, Empowered Women) member and University of Texas at Austin student who works in the Girlstart After School Program, will be awarded the Miriam Tormollan Scholarship by the Austin Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at the Girlstart STEM Center on Friday.
According to Anita Knight, Austin AAUW President, STEM education is a priority for AAUW in Austin as well as nationally, and Tormollan, the former Crockett High School for who the award was named, worked with the Expanding Your Horizons program (the precursor to the Girls In STEM Conference, one of Girlstart’s annual STEM outreach programs connecting middle school students with Austin-area STEM professionals).
Speaking for Girlstart, Executive Director Tamara Hudgins noted, “We are grateful for AAUW's commitment to our programs, and now to our STEM CREW, by providing vital scholarship funds to a worthy student who also shares our common goals.”
The Austin Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was established in 1923 and is a nationwide community of more than 150,000 members and supporters from all walks of life who advise, mentor, and support one another, including 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners. We believe in the mission of AAUW to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
About the Miriam Tormollan Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2012 to honor Miriam Tormollan upon her death. The Tormollan family designated this memorial fund to be used to help young women in mathematics and science at The University of Texas at Austin as that was one of their mother’s passions.
Miriam was an educator and activist for education of women and girls. She earned her BA ’43 and MA ‘50 in English from The University of Texas at Austin where she was selected for Phi Beta Kappa. Miriam was a teacher of advanced placement senior English at Crockett High School in Austin, Texas for more than 15 years and was recognized for her excellence by being selected twice as “Teacher of the Year.”
In 1974 Miriam became a member of AAUW and was active at both local and state levels. In 2006 she was selected as Woman of the Year for AAUW Texas. For fifteen years she served as the central coordinator for AAUW Texas. Miriam represented AAUW in many capacities including: working with the Austin ISD to create a sexual harassment policy; testifying before the Public Education Committee of the Legislature; serving on the Coalition for Public Schools; mentoring in the Special School for Teenage Pregnant Girls; working with the Lone Star Girl Scout Council; helping with the “Expanding Your Horizons” program (precursor of Girlstart’s Girls In STEM Conferences).