Molly MacMillan has been awarded a career development grant from the American Association of University Women for her graduate-level study of occupational therapy at Wesley College in Dover.
As a member of the first cohort of graduate-level OT students in the state, MacMillan began graduate study at Wesley College in August 2016 and is eagerly awaiting graduation, expected in May 2018. She says her first installment of the $12,000 grant has already helped alleviate some of her stresses as a full-time student entering a new career.
"I found out about my grant last April, around the same time I got my tax refund," MacMillan said. "It was a great week!"
AAUW career development grants are awarded to women who are preparing to advance their career, change professions or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women pursing their first advanced degree in nontraditional fields, and women of color.
As she enters her final semester of academic study, MacMillan says she will be entering the implementation phase of her thesis research project, designed to measure the efficacy of occupational therapy interventions for new mothers and develop the evidence base in this emerging practice.
MacMillan was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her study during the 2017-18 school year from the Delaware Occupational Therapy Association.