The Women’s Center invites nominations for its multiple awards, grants, and scholarships, which honor the engagement, contributions, and leadership of University faculty, staff, and students system-wide. Due dates range from April 14 for awards to June 2 for gender equity grants and student scholarships. Awards are presented annually at our Celebrating University Women Awards program in the fall. For more information on all of our awards, grants, and scholarships, click here, or learn more below.
Faculty Awards – Nominations Due April 14
This prestigious award has been established to acknowledge and honor the scholarly accomplishments of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to offer a forum for them to share their insights and ideas with a campus and community audience. One scholar from the sciences or engineering and one scholar from the humanities, arts, or social sciences will be selected to present a lecture on alternating years. Nomination deadline: 4:30 p.m., second Friday in April.
The Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award recognizes women faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus. In addition to supporting outstanding women scholars, this award also reflects the university’s strong commitment to future leaders. Nomination deadline: 4:30 p.m., second Friday in April.
Faculty and Staff Awards – Nominations Due April 14
This award was established to honor Charlotte Striebel (1929-2014), Mathematics professor-teacher-friend-feminist-scholar-mentor, and further her own passionate work for women’s equity in salary, hiring and promotion. This award recognizes contributions from faculty and staff of any gender who promote access for the common good, help undo bias and discrimination, or build capacity for diverse and equitable campus communities. Award amount: $1000. Nomination deadline: 4:30 p.m., second Friday in April.
The Mullen/Spector/Truax Women’s Leadership Award is given annually to a woman-identified faculty or staff member at the University who has made outstanding contributions to women’s leadership development. This award honors women, not only for their own leadership qualities, but also for their efforts to develop leadership within others. Nomination deadline: 4:30 p.m., second Friday in April.
Student Awards – Applications Due June 2
The Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award is given to a University of Minnesota student who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women’s issues on campus or in the broader community. Nomination deadline: 4:30 p.m., second Friday in June.
Scholarships – Applications Due June 2
The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship was established in Carol’s memory to assist women who are 28-years-old and over in returning to school and completing their education at the University. (Learn more about the history of the Macpherson Scholarship.) Application deadline: 4:30 p.m., first Friday in June.
The Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship (formerly the Alumnae Society Scholarship) assists University of Minnesota women students with financial need in completing their education at the University, with a special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students. Application deadline: 4:30 p.m., first Friday in June.
Grants – Applications Due June 2
Women’s Center Gender Equity Grants (formerly Institutional Change Grants) seek to support a more inclusive, diverse University community with an enhanced campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students. Gender Equity Grants are intended to foster and support increased awareness, improved understanding, and institutional change. (Includes grant funding for projects specifically focused on changing the climate for P & A and CS/BU women). Application deadline: 4:30 p.m., first Friday in June.