Scholarships & Awards
Scholarships & Awards

The Women’s & Gender Studies program provides multiple opportunities for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to achieve excellence.

Undergraduate

Dr. Christine Black Scholarship

The Dr. Christine Black Scholarship recognizes the importance of supporting undergraduate Womens and Gender Studies students in their academic studies and acknowledges the potential contributions WGS students make to the WGS program, the campus, and the wider community. Two $2,000 scholarships are given to Women’s & Gender Studies undergraduate majors for the upcoming academic year ($1,000 per semester).

The scholarships will be presented at the Womens and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. Winners will be notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • WGS major
  • Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (cumulative)
  • Preference will be given to those with financial need
  • Previous scholarship winners can reapply

Contact

Jennifer Haley at jhaley1@unl.edu

How to apply

By February 1:

  • Apply through the Application link -- AND --
  • Complete the Scholarship Application available through MyRED. Both links are below.
  • To be eligible, BOTH must be submitted by the deadline.

Application

  • The application form, including names and contact information for two references.
  • A description, up to 750 words, from the applicant about their interest in Women’s and Gender Studies and how this fits with their future aspirations.

Apply on MyRed

  • Complete the Scholarship Application available through MyRED (located under the Financial Aid tab)
  • This is the combined Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and College of Arts and Sciences application.

Undergraduate

Womens and Gender Studies Outstanding Achievement Award

Each spring, a $400 award is given to an undergraduate student who has done outstanding work in Women’s and Gender Studies at Nebraska during the last two completed semesters. This award recognizes contributions to Women’s and Gender Studies within an academic, activist, and community framework.

Students should show evidence of contributions to the campus and/or wider community as well as academic work. Submissions might include evidence of campus or community activism, internships on campus or in the community, and/or unpublished term papers, projects, or creative work. In the case of a tie, the award will be divided evenly.

The award will be presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. Winner will be notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • WGS major or minor
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Completed 12 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses at UNL
  • Demonstrated outstanding work in Women’s and Gender Studies including research projects, creative works, contributions to the WGS Program, and/or campus/community service

Contact

Jennifer Haley at jhaley1@unl.edu

How to apply

By February 1, provide:

  • The application form, including names and contact information for two references.
  • A description, up to 750 words, from the applicant about their contributions to Women’s and Gender Studies.

Application

Undergraduate

Melba Cope Scholarship

The Melba Cope Scholarship recognizes the importance of supporting undergraduate Women's and Gender Studies students in their scholarship and acknowledges the contributions WGS students make to the WGS program, the campus, and the wider community. One $200 scholarship is given to a Women’s & Gender Studies undergraduate major for the upcoming academic year ($100 per semester).

The scholarships will be presented at the Womens and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. Winners will be notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • Full-time WGS major
  • Junior standing
  • 9 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses completed
  • Demonstrated outstanding work in Women’s and Gender Studies, including research projects, creative works, contributions to the WGS Program, and/or campus/community service
  • Preference will be given to those with financial need
  • Previous scholarship winners can reapply

Contact

Jennifer Haley at jhaley1@unl.edu.

How to apply

By February 1:

  • Apply through the Application link -- AND --
  • Complete the Scholarship Application available through MyRED. Both links are below.
  • To be eligible, BOTH must be submitted by the deadline.

Application

  • The application form, including names and contact information for two references.
  • A description, up to 750 words, from the applicant about their interest in Women’s and Gender Studies and how this fits with their future aspirations.

Apply on MyRed

  • Complete the Scholarship Application available through MyRED (located under the Financial Aid tab) 
  • This is the combined Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and College of Arts and Sciences application. There is no individual application for the Melba Cope Scholarship.

Undergraduate

Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creative Activity Award

Each spring, a $300 award will be presented to one undergraduate student on the basis of the projects relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies, quality of the work, originality, and potential impact. The award will be presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May. Winner will be notified ahead of time so they can be present.

Eligibility

  • Currently registered at UNL
  • Does not need to be a WGS major or minor
  • One submission per applicant

Contact

Jennifer Haley at jhaley1@unl.edu.

Judging Criteria for Karen Dunning Award

Each submitted project will be evaluated by:

  1. Relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies: Although many projects will be situated within the context of a discipline other than WGS, gender should be a central construct of the project that is addressed in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
  2. Quality of the Work: The projects should reflect high quality work, taking into account the students' discipline and educational level (e.g., graduate v. undergraduate).

Application Process:

By February 1, apply through the application link below.

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Copy of the project: either a scholarly research paper/project or a digital file of a creative project. Please remove name.
  3. Brief description (1-2 paragraphs) explaining how this scholarly/creative project relates to Womens and Gender Studies, why it was developed, and (when applicable) how it was used in the community.

Application

Undergraduate

The Drs. Crompton & Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship

A scholarship through the NU Foundation Crompton & Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship Fund is available through Student Involvement’s LGBTQA Resource Center at Nebraska. The award encourages continuing education through financial support to LGBTQA students at Nebraska. $1,500 is split evenly between fall and spring semesters.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be UNL undergraduate students who are attending UNL during the academic year that the scholarship is provided, with preference to those who demonstrate financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  • Applicants must be enrolled or participating in one or more of the following: the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor, be a member of an LGBTQA+ related recognized student organization, such as Spectrum UNL, oSTEM, The Change, or SAGE + SH (Students Advocating for Gender Equality + Sexual Health); and/or be a volunteer, student staff member or supporter of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Contact

LGBTQA+ Resource Center, (402) 472-1752.

Required Documentation

  • Application
  • Documentation of membership in an LGBTQA+ related student organization, enrollment in the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor, or volunteering at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center (e.g., a letter from Women’s and Gender Studies or verification of participation from the RSO Leadership)
  • 1 letter of recommendation

Applications should be submitted to:
LGBTQA Resource Center
346 Nebraska Union
Lincoln, NE 68588-0453

Graduate

Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creative Activity Award

Each spring a $300 award will be presented to one graduate student on the basis of their projects relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies, quality of the work, originality, and potential impact. The award will be presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception and Awards Ceremony in April/May.

Eligibility

  • Currently registered at UNL
  • Does not need to be a WGS graduate specialization/minor student
  • One submission per applicant

Contact

Jennifer Haley at jhaley1@unl.edu.

Judging Criteria

Each submitted project will be evaluated by:

  1. Relevance to Women’s and Gender Studies: Although many projects will be situated within the context of a discipline other than WGS, gender should be a central construct of the project that is addressed in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
  2. Quality of the Work: The projects should reflect high quality work, taking into account the students' discipline and educational level (e.g., graduate v. undergraduate).

Application Process

By February 1, apply through the application link below. 

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Copy of either the scholarly research paper/project or a digital file of the creative project with name removed.
  3. Brief description (1-2 paragraphs) explaining how this scholarly/creative project relates to Womens & Gender Studies, why it was developed, and (when applicable) how it was used in the community.

Application

Graduate

Graduate Student Travel Award

You are encouraged to present your scholarship and creative work at professional conferences to enrich your background in Women’s and Gender Studies and enhance your professional preparation.

Our program supports graduate students with a one-time award of $300, to fund expenses related to a WGS-related conference presentation.

Up to five graduate students can receive funding each academic year—three in the fall, two in the spring. Remaining funds, if any, will be rolled over for the next academic year.

The Graduate Student Travel Award cannot be paid if the student does not complete their Concur authorization request before traveling. For help with Concur, please contact Rob Hahn (rob.hahn@unl.edu).

Process

Once your application has been approved, Jennifer will contact you regarding the reimbursement process. If the conference has already occurred at the time of application, keep in mind that reimbursement requests must be received no later than 60 days after the final day on which expenses were incurred. Please plan accordingly.

How to apply

By October 1 for fall or March 1 for spring, submit:

  • The WGS Graduate Student Travel Award Application.
  • A pre-travel authorization request through Concur before traveling.

Submit all application materials to Jennifer Haley, jhaley1@unl.edu.

Application

Graduate

The Leta Stetter Hollingworth Fellowship

For University of Nebraska students who go to Columbia University for their Graduate Studies.

Eligibility

  • graduate students at Columbia
  • preferably, but not necessarily, to a woman graduating or graduated from the University of Nebraska

How to apply

Documentation:

  • A copy of the students transcript from the University of Nebraska
  • A letter of reference from a faculty member of the University of Nebraska

Columbia's website.