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Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award

Women's Center Director with 2011 Doherty Award RecipientPurpose

The Sharon L. Doherty 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. The Doherty Award was established in 1993 and honors the work of former doctoral student and University of Minnesota alumna, Sharon Doherty, whose exhaustive efforts led to the successful Commission on Women's Students Initiative and continued University commitment to programming for women students. 


The Women's Center and Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity.


A $1000 award will be given to the recipient to be used in support of attendance at a national leadership conference. Award to be given at the annual Celebrating Changemakers event hosted by the Women's Center.

(Recent recipients have attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Other leadership conferences may be considered.)


4:30 p.m. first Friday in June


University of Minnesota undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at least half time with at least two semesters remaining until graduation (for example, applicants submitting an application due in June 2019 must be graduating no earlier than May 2020). Recipients must use their award before graduation. Note: Women's Center staff are not eligible for this award.

Selection Criteria

Nomination evaluated based on narrative and letters of support documenting outstanding volunteer contributions, including the degree to which involvement has addressed women's issues or improved women's lives, particularly on campus.

Selection Committee

Committee appointed by the Women's Center comprised of students, faculty, P/A staff, and civil service and/or bargaining unit staff.

Nomination Process

University of Minnesota students, staff or faculty may make nominations. Students are encouraged to self nominate. Individuals nominated but not selected may be renominated in subsequent years. Nominations must include the following items:

  • One letter of nomination (a narrative describing how the nominee meets the criteria)
  • Two letters of support
  • Nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae

Nomination materials should be submitted via ONE email to, subject line: Doherty Award Nomination

Questions: Women's Center, 612-625-9837, or