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Scholarships & Awards

Scholarship season is now closed. Winners will be notified by June 5th and announced at commencement. Check back next April for the 2016-2017 application.

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.

All application materials may be submitted via email (wgs@uoregon.edu). Please use PDF format. Most office software such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice and Google Docs can print/convert to PDF directly. You can also “print to PDF” if you have Adobe Reader installed. You can also use software such as CutePDF or websites like Zamzar. Applications can also still be submitted in person if need be (submit one copy only).

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

Additional scholarships relating to Women’s and Gender Studies and the LGBTQ* community can be found on UOut.

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.

The award is in honor of the memory of Abbie Jane (White) Bakony, CIA agent, real estate broker and teacher, who came out as a lesbian at age 70. Read her story and see a photo here.

Award amount: $1200
Number of awards: 2
Disbursement: 3 equal payments (1 per term)
Deadline: Friday May 22, 2015, 4:00 pm
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 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: How has majoring in Women’s & Gender Studies influenced your intellectual development or how you act in the world?
    • 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
  • If submitting in hard copy, please include 3 copies of the total application. If submitting via PDF over email, only one copy is necessary.

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 minor or a 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: $750
Number of awards: 1
Disbursement: 3 equal payments (1 per term)
Deadline: Friday May 22, 2015, 4:00 pm
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 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: How has studying in Women’s & Gender Studies or pursuing a graduate certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies influenced your intellectual development or how you act in the world?
    • Writing sample: separate from essay; can be a paper from a class, for example
    • Copy of your unofficial transcript (print this from Duckweb)
    • Names of two faculty members to serve as recommenders/references
  • If submitting in hard copy, please include 3 copies of the total application. If submitting via PDF over email, only one copy is necessary.

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: up to 2
Disbursement: Once (Fall term)
Deadline: Friday May 22, 2015, 4:00 pm
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
  • Project submission:
    • 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.
  • If submitting in hard copy, please include 2 copies of the total application. If submitting via PDF over email, only one copy is necessary.