South Texas College of Law student Stephanie deJesus of Houston has been awarded a 2013-14 Selected Professions Fellowship by the American Association of University Women, the association announced this week.

As part of the fellowship, deJesus will speak at local high schools on the importance of education, opportunities available to graduating students, ways to apply and pay for college, and how to choose a career.

“When I discovered that I was a fellowship recipient, I was honored and appreciative,” deJesus said in a statement. “Education is important to an individual and society as a whole. I am excited that I can further my educational goals and also help others reach theirs.”

A native of Fresno, Calif., deJesus received her undergraduate degree in English and communication studies at Vanderbilt University and has long been an active community volunteer. A J.D. candidate, she will graduate in May 2014 and plans to practice law in Houston.

“I remember wanting to go to college, but not knowing how I would fund it, or even how to apply,” she said. “It was due to the kindness of a stranger, a college counselor, that I was able to apply for schools and learn that despite my modest resources, I could attend a great university. I hope that others will also realize their potential.”

The association awarded a total of $3.7 million to 245 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants for the 2013-14 academic year.