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Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

The Women’s Center invites nominations for the following awards, scholarships and grants which honor and support University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. Awards are open to students, staff, and faculty system-wide, unless otherwise noted. Awards are presented annually at our Celebrating Changemakers program (formerly Celebrating University Women Awards Program) in the fall. See our past award recipients and hear from some of our scholarship awardees here

Your gift, whether small or large, makes a huge difference and we thank you! Gifts are accepted by the University of Minnesota Foundation and by clicking one of the following links, you can choose to give your gift directly to the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship, the Mullen/Spector/Truax Endowment or the Women’s Center Leadership Fund.

Faculty and Staff Awards

Charlotte Striebel Equity Award

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., first Friday in June.

Mullen/Spector/Truax Women’s Leadership Award

The Mullen/Spector/Truax Women’s Leadership Award is given annually to a faculty or staff woman 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., first Friday in June.

Faculty Awards

Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award

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., first Friday in June.

Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

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., first Friday in June.

Student Awards and Scholarships

Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award

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., first Friday in June.

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship

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.

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship

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

Gender Equity Grants

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.

Submission guidelines

Please see individual award, grant, or scholarship pages above for submission guidelines.