Mason awarded AAUW scholarship
JOHNSTOWN — Cierra Mason, of Northville, and the Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate, was this year’s winner of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown American Association of University Women branch scholarship.
The $1,000 award is given to a non-traditional graduating female student who intends to transfer to a baccalaureate program. The awardee must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8. In addition to the monetary award, the winner also will receive a Give A Gift to a graduate free membership to AAUW, according toi a news release.
Mason completed the degree requirements in December 2019 for an associate’s degree in business. She was a student in the Pathways in Technology program which enabled Mason to attend high school and college at the same time. In order to save money to continue an education, Mason is currently employed part time at Tops grocery store, Northville.
In an interview, Mason stated that she has always loved computers. When she was just 5 years old, she would teach a grandmother how to click a mouse and how to log into Windows — back when a username and password was the only option. She said her dream career is to become a web developer.
While in school, instead of looking for boyfriends or checking out the latest makeup trends, she joined various clubs that allowed her to build a robot, blacksmith, and compete in certain professional topics on a national level.
Mason recently enrolled in Baldwin Wallace University. Mason’s major is graphic design, interaction design, which teaches both the design and coding philosophies of creating a website. She hopes to find a way to make an impact on the world’s issues that all are currently facing.
The AAUW scholarship is given annually in memory of Rita Mary Burke, FMCC English professor and one of the original members of the local AAUW branch. The original purpose of the scholarship is to reward women who have had to delay their entry into college after high school to work or raise a family and to encourage them to continue to pursue their education. Sandra Maceyka chaired the scholarship. This year’s recipient came from a different group of non-tradition students, those graduating from PTECH programs.
Anyone with an associate’s, bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university is eligible to join AAUW. The AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.