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Scholarships & Grants

To view complete descriptions/eligibility requirements and apply for awards, please visit our online application. Awards are given throughout the year!

Our undergraduate students are consistently engaged in research, writing, and social justice initiatives that deserve acknowledgment and attention. We work closely with donors to ensure numerous opportunities to honor important work put out by our majors, minors, and GWSS learners.

Students currently enrolled at the time of the award are encouraged to apply for one of our many grants, scholarships, or prizes. We accept applications throughout the year, but all submissions must be received by January 4, 2016 at 4pm for consideration. Those selected to receive funding will be asked to present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and awards ceremony.

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Currently Available Awards:

Christina N. Grubba Memorial Scholarship
A $500 annual award made to one GWSS major who completes an unpaid internship in the field of Feminist or GLBTQ Studies. The award is intended for junior & senior majors who demonstrate academic achievement and financial hardship. Interested individuals should provide a short essay (500 words maximum) describing their community work and how it aligns with GWSS.

Community Engagement Grant
This $400 grant will be awarded to students who are applying feminist scholarship to community projects on local, domestic, or international levels. Priority is given to GWSS majors, but GWSS minors, GLBT minors, and BIS/IDIM students with an emphasis in GWSS or GLBT studies will also be considered. Interested students should provide a short essay (500 words maximum) describing their community work in addition to a brief letter from a person in a supervisory position confirming the student's contributions. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Social Justice Award
$250 annual award made to a GWSS major or minor to continue activist-oriented work or to award a project or paper related to feminist social justice movements. Please submit the paper or a short essay (500 words maximum) of the activist-oriented work in addition to a brief letter from a person in a supervisory position confirming the student’s contributions.

Helen Hawthorne Hartung Award
For best feminist writing by an undergraduate student. This is a $500 award to a student who has submitted an outstanding GWSS-related paper or creative project.

Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant
This grant will be awarded to students for expenses incurred while engaging in research and travel associated with it, such as: traveling to conduct project research (archival, observational), general research costs (photocopying, permissions and reproductions), and presenting at or attending a conference. Priority is given to GWSS majors, but GWSS minors, GLBT minors, and BIS/IDIM students with an emphasis in GWSS or GLBT studies will also be considered. Interested students should provide a short description (500 words maximum) of the travel or research opportunity and a brief budget, including travel expenses. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Valata Dakota Fletcher Award
A $300 award given in the spring semester for best feminist writing by a returning woman undergraduate student. Entrant must be a woman entering or returning to the University after being away from school 10 years or more.

CLA Scholarships

CLA offers several scholarships for students pursuing liberal arts majors such as GWSS. Check out their website for general scholarship information, as well as scholarships available for student internships. Have questions? Contact your CLA advisor or inquire with the GWSS advisor.

Federal needs-based scholarships

Students who wish to be considered for need-based awards should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These applications are typically due April 1, but check the website for the latest information.