WGSS Awards and Scholarships

UW-Eau Claire supports Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blugolds enjoy a strong support system as students, including the academic, social, and of course financial support found at UW-Eau Claire. Students in WGSS are eligible for different department awards, along with the general scholarship funds offered through the Foundation. See the named awards below for details, as well as more information about how to apply for the more general Foundation scholarships available to students in WGSS.

Designated Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies awards and funding

This fund recognizes an undergraduate woman who embodies the spirit and ideals of the Women’s Studies Program. One award of $275 annually.

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This award is offered for an outstanding, first generation undergraduate female student whose creative expression is related to gender issues or represents an unusual achievement for a woman. One award of $250 annually.

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Named for one of the earliest spokespersons for the contemporary women’s movement, this award is offered for an outstanding fiction or creative non-fiction submission by a male or female student whose work explores progressive gender relationships. Offered for an outstanding fiction or creative non-fiction submission by a student whose work explores progressive gender relationships. One award of $50 annually.

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An award created to support special Women’s Studies projects. Helen Sampson was a pioneer in founding Women in Higher Education, the UW System Office for Women with commitments to equal employment, educational opportunity, and affirmative action, and in institutionalizing the field of Women’s Studies across the UW System. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the Women’s Studies Committee are pleased to recognize the pioneering contributions of Professor Helen X. Sampson by naming awards in three categories in her honor.

• Helen X. Sampson Graduate Award
• Helen X. Sampson Undergraduate Paper Award
• Helen X. Sampson Undergraduate Project Award

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The Turell award is offered for an outstanding undergraduate or graduate paper or project related to the application of feminism to one’s life. This award is given in honor of the memory of Donna C. Turell, a gracious woman whose presence honored both her community and her family throughout her life. One award of $200 annually.

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Awarded to a student of junior status with a WGSS major or minor. In order to qualify, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 WGSS credits and hold a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their major/minor. The student must also show leadership skills, preferably relating to gender issues, and incorporate feminist theory into their lives. Variable number of awards, total of $400 annually.

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