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Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Oregon awards prizes to student through the following contests. Please note that deadline dates change each year and will be announced closer to the date of the application period and award period. Watch this page for updated dates, essay topics and other announcements.

All application materials must be submitted to 315 Hendricks Hall.

If you have questions about requirements or deadlines, please contact us at 541-346-5529.

Abbie Jane Bakony Scholarship


This award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies. Candidates will be evaluated based on overall quality of their academic work, their commitment to learning, and their potential for further academic achievement. A committee of three Women’s and Gender Studies faculty chosen by the Department Head will select recipients.

Award amount: $1,500
Number of awards: 2
Disbursement: 3 equal payments (1 per term)
Deadline: End of May
Award announcement: Commencement

Qualification:

  • be an undergraduate student majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • be currently enrolled and returning next academic year

Application requirements:

  • All entry materials must be typed.
  • Each application must include 3 copies of each of the following:
    • Cover page must include : “Bakony/Miller scholarship”; your full name, UO ID number, mailing address, email and phone number
    • A 750-1000 word essay (topic TBA each year)
    • Writing sample (separate from essay; can be a paper from a class, for example)
    • Copy of your unofficial transcript
    • Names of two faculty members to serve as recommenders/references

Miller Family Scholarship


The Miller Family Scholarship supports an outstanding student in Women’s & Gender Studies, and may be awarded either to an undergraduate major or graduate certificate student. Candidates will be evaluated based on the overall quality of their academic work, their commitment to learning and their potential for further academic achievement.

Award amount: $1,000
Number of awards: 1
Disbursement: 3 equal payments (1 per term)
Deadline: End of May
Award announcement: Commencement

Qualification:

  • be a student in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • be currently enrolled and returning next academic year

Application requirements:

  • All entry materials must be typed.
  • Each application must include 3 copies of each of the following:
    • Cover page must include : “Bakony/Miller scholarship”; your full name, UO ID number, mailing address, email and phone number
    • A 750-1000 word essay (topic TBA each year)
    • Writing sample (separate from essay; can be a paper from a class, for example)
    • Copy of your unofficial transcript
    • Names of two faculty members to serve as recommenders/references

The Bruce M. Abrams LGBTQ Essay Award


Students (one undergraduate, one graduate), from any discipline, are honored for their contribution to the advancement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) studies.

Award amount: $500
Number of awards: 2
Disbursement: Once (Fall term)
Deadline: End of May
Award announcement: Commencement

Qualification:

  • be a student in Women’s and Gender Studies, either undergraduate or graduate certificate
  • be currently enrolled and returning next academic year

Application requirements:

  • All entry materials must be typed.
  • Cover page
  • Application (available in the WGS office, 315 Hendricks Hall)
  • Project submission, which:
    • Can be from any discipline
    • Contributes to the advancement of LGBTQ studies
    • For fine art pieces (music, dance, visual arts, theatre, creative writing, etc.) only: must be accompanied by an essay explaining the aims of the project and its importance to LGBTQ studies