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Recognition Can Come from the Most Unexpected Places


In just about every organization I've served, I am accustomed to being the drab, boring wallpaper on the wall. You know what I mean. I'm the plain, pastel striped background no one really notices. I'm there working my heart out, but no one sees me or my work unless I “start to peel.”

 

This may sound familiar to some of you: No one knows what I do or what I contribute to the organization. I'm the person that is seldom (if ever) included in a photo op when the million dollar checks come in. I'm the invisible grant writer, and that's fine with me most of the time. But every once in a while, it would be nice to be recognized for my professional expertise and contributions. 
 
But then, something amazing happened.
 
Last year was an exceptional year for me and my grant professional colleagues. Dr. Bruce Kieler and I were honored to receive an international award for our collaborative efforts. Together, we have secured substantial grant funding for development and program implementation strategies that brought together Wharton County Junior College and Brazosport College (two community colleges) and our regional nuclear power industry. Our work was recognized by the Indian Science Monitor, a non-profit organization that promotes scientific discoveries and knowledge throughout the nation of India.
 
Dr. Kieler and I received the Sir J.C. Bose Memorial Award on January 18, 2015 for our ability to successfully secure numerous grant awards to initiate and support the expansion and implementation of the nuclear power training programs with monies from the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Education, and other funders. Our joint efforts and the strategies that we helped bring together were deemed a “model education for the students of India.” We were greatly honored to receive the award, which included certificates and ceremonial silk shawls from the Indiana Science Monitor.
 
Yes! Two grant writers received international attention. Isn't that the greatest thing you've heard in a long time?! So just when you think you are an invisible piece of wallpaper no one notices, remember you never know who is watching and reading your work.


 
 
Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, MPA, GPC is the Director of Grant Administration at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas.
 
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein

 

Comments

 
By: Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed.
On: 03/25/2016 12:32:41
Congratulations, what a wonderful and deserved achievement for both of you. Thank you for sharing your story.

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