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Scholarships & Awards

In 2020, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at the University of Oregon (UO) will award the following scholarships:

The Abbie Jane Bakony Scholarship
Miller Family Scholarship

This year’s deadline is April 20, 2020, 11.59 p.m. To complete an application, please go to our scholarship application form here:http://Scholarship Application

Awardees will be honored at our first annual Awards Ceremony, on May 26, 2020, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility:
– Must be a current UO student
– Must be a student in WGSS

  • The Bakony Scholarship is open to WGSS undergraduate majors.
  • The Miller Family Scholarship is open to undergraduate majors, minors and graduates in the Graduate Certificate program.

Scroll down for more information. If you have questions about requirements or deadlines, please contact us at 541-346-5529.

Additional scholarships relating to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the LGBTQ* community can be found on this page as well as on UOut and the CAS scholarships web page.

THE AWARDS

Abbie Jane Bakony Scholarship (2020)


This award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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 to honor 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: $1200-1500
Number of awards: 2
Disbursement: 3 equal payments (1 per term)
Deadline: Monday, April 20th, 2020, 11:59 pm
Award announcement: You will be notified via email if you are selected for an award. Awardees will be honored at our first annual Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Eligibility:

Award candidates will be:

  • Currently enrolled at the UO
  • returning for at least one more year of study
  • an Undergraduate
  • majoring in WGSS

 

Miller Family Scholarship (2020)


The Miller Family Scholarship supports an outstanding student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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: Monday, April 20th, 2020, 11:59 pm
Award announcement: You will be notified via email if you are selected for an award. Awardees will be honored at our first annual Awards Ceremony, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Eligibility:

Award candidates will be:

  • Currently enrolled at the UO
  • returning for at least one more year of study
  • an undergraduate majoring or minoring in WGSS
  • or a graduate student completing a Graduate Certificate in WGSS

THE APPLICATION:

This year’s deadline is April 20, 2020, 11.59 p.m. To complete an application, please go to our scholarship application form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjcCB6SCWC3mmnFANTvOXilObDxuc-Ip5rL2WkTp5BTbPaUg/

In your application you will be asked to provide:

    • Your Name, UO ID number, major or minor, mailing address, email and phone number
    • Verification of Eligibility
    • A 750-1000 word essay: How has majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies influenced your intellectual development or how you act in the world?
    • A Writing sample up to 10 pages. The writing Sample is separate from the essay. It may be a paper from a class, for example.
    • A copy of your unofficial transcript
    • the names of two faculty members to serve as recommenders/references

Scholarships not available this year:
– The Bruce M. Abrams LGBTQ Essay Award

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon awards these scholarships to current students of the University of Oregon. Please note that deadline dates change each year. Watch this page for updated dates, essay topics and other announcements.

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The University of Oregon’s Financial Aid Office offers many resources to help incoming and returning students find the financial help they need. Please visit their web page for more information: https://financialaid.uoregon.edu/scholarships

If you’ve graduated from a High School in Oregon, you may qualify for additional financial support from the state. To Learn more about this option visit: https://financialaid.uoregon.edu/pathway_oregon

If you are curious about finding more ways to gain financial aid, see the below web pages which offer scholarship opportunities for women and members of the LGBTQ community.

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You’ve Graduated…What Now?

Congratulations on completing your degree with WGSS! There are many career paths that you can follow. Here are some resources that might help you get started.