Member Empowerment Grant (MEG) Fact Sheet

MEG

OBJECTIVE

The grant enables NYWICI members of at least three consecutive years who are inspired to pursue professional development to update skills, explore new directions, or even launch or grow a business. It is designed to support career advancement or transitions or related opportunities for people who have been a member of NYWICI for 3+ years.
 

WHAT DOES THE GRANT COVER?

The grants [paid to an institution, not the applicant], will  cover or offset the cost of conferences, continuing education courses or programs, career coaching/media training and other career-enrichment opportunities with appropriate accreditation.
 

ELIGIBILITY

New York Women in Communications members who have belonged to the organization for at least three consecutive years qualify. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with Fall 2017 applications due no later than Tuesday, October 24, 2017. APPLY NOW
 

NOTE: Grant recipients can re-apply if turned down for a grant, but grant winners can only be awarded one grant during their NYWICI membership. Grants must be used within one year of the seaons (Fall or Spring) of which they were awarded.    

JUDGING

Eligible applications are reviewed by the MEG VPs, and winners are determined by a committee comprised of the current and past presidents.
 

HISTORY

Recognizing dramatic shifts in the industry, NYWICI initiated this program in 2011 to support members interested in enhancing their skills and careers. NYWICI launched the first grants in 2012, awarding three women $2,000 each. The recipients were a media and web manager, an accomplished conference development consultant and an ad agency VP of creative. The grant helped them take web-development, fundraising and digital design courses. In 2013, seven members received grants in varied amounts to study for a "mini MBA" in social media marketing, a project management certificate and enhanced blogging skills, to name just a few educational pursuits. Since then, awardees have taken advantage of MEG funding to learn about integrated marketing, search engine optimization, video production, web coding and more.
 

New York Women in Comunications is a non-profit, 501(c)3  and the leading association representing women in all fields of communications, including journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, film, television, publishing and digital media. The organization’s mission is to empower women in communications to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes. With more than 2,000 members, New York Women in Communications represents the breadth and depth of the rapidly evolving communications industry. In addition to the Empowerment Grant, NYWICI supports student scholarships, mentoring and educational programs and hosts an annual student career conference.