Awards & Scholarships

Young Feminist Leadership Conference Travel Award

Each year the Women’s and Gender Studies Program makes available at least two student scholarships to cover the cost of attending the annual Young Feminist Leadership Conference held in Washington, D.C. This conference is sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation and is focused upon a different theme each year. The conference provides an unprecedented opportunity for young feminists to get together to take on some of the most pressing gendered issues of our time. For more information about the conference, please see: http://feministcampus.org/leadership/.

Each scholarship covers the cost of a round trip airline ticket to Washington D.C., the cost of a shared hotel room, as well as a daily allowance for food and the cost of conference registration.

Eligibility criteria and required documentation:

The award is open to students who have declared a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor.

In order to apply, please submit a 500-word or less statement describing why attending this conference is a meaningful opportunity to you. In your statement you may wish to focus upon the ways in which attending the conference will benefit you in terms of your personal and professional growth as well as the scholarly and/or socio-political contribution that you feel you will be able to make as a result of attending the conference and the most recent copy of your resume.

Please submit application materials to the main office of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The deadline for applications will be announced at a later time.


Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference Travel Award

Each year the Women’s and Gender Studies Program makes available at least two student scholarships to cover the cost of attending the annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference held at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. CLPP's annual conference connects activists across the U.S. and internationally to build a stronger movement for reproductive justice and social change.  For more information about the conference, please see: http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference/2014-conference

Each scholarship covers the cost of a round trip airline ticket to Amherst, MA, the cost of a shared hotel room, as well as a daily allowance for food and the cost of conference registration.

Eligibility criteria and required documentation:

The award is open to students who have declared a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor.

In order to apply, please submit a 500-word or less statement describing why attending this conference is a meaningful opportunity to you. In your statement you may wish to focus upon the ways in which attending the conference will benefit you in terms of your personal and professional growth as well as the scholarly and/or socio-political contribution that you feel you will be able to make as a result of attending the conference and the most recent copy of your resume.

Please submit application materials to the main office of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2014.


The Betty Baum and Norman Hirschfield Award

 The Betty Baum and Norman Hirschfield Award was permanently endowed in Women's and Gender Studies by E.J. Hirschfield and Alan Hirschfield in 1999 in memory of their parents. The Hirschfields lived in Oklahoma City for many years and created this generous endowment to support single mothers returning to the University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. Three scholarships of $4,000 each are awarded annually.

 

 

EOS/ Empowerment of Spirit Award

The EOS Empowerment of Spirit Award was created in 2009 through the leadership and generosity of Cindy Merrick and Ally Richardson of Norman whose founding donation enabled the award to be established.  This award, funded through private donations, empowers single mother students to succeed in their quest for higher education.  The number and amount of scholarships may vary from year to year depending on available funding.

The application procedure for both the EOS award and the Betty Baum and Norman Hirschfield Scholarship is the same.

Application Criteria

Applicants for both awards must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible for the competition:
• be a single mother raising children;
• have completed, within the previous five years, the equivalent of two semesters of study (30 hours);
• have completed coursework with GPA 3.0 or better; and
• be a full-time student at the OU-Norman Campus.

This year the Betty Baum and Norman Hirschfield and the EOS Empowerment of Spirit Scholarships have gone online! Students should apply through the Common Scholarship Application which can be accessed through Ozone. On the Money Tab, there is a Scholarship Information channel. The deadline for completing the application is March 15th.


Alice Mary Robertson Award

The Alice Mary Robertson award was established to honor the memory of Alice Mary Robertson, Oklahoma's first female representative in the United States Congress.  The purpose of the award is to stimulate an interest among graduate students in the study and interpretation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma as well as to awaken the public to a greater appreciation of these contributions.  The Alice Mary Robertson Award is a one-time award to a graduate student whose creative activity and/or scholarly or archival research enhances the appreciation of these contributions.  Up to three awards of $1,000 will be made annually.  A committee will select the recipients during the spring semester, based on an evaluation of the creative or research activity.

The Award:

$1,000 award to recognize scholarly or creative activity enhancing the appreciation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma.

Eligibility Criteria:

Any graduate student currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma or Tulsa campuses may submit an application for this award.

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must:

1.  be a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma

2.  carry at least a 3.5 grade point average in all coursework for the degree

3.  have completed nine hours of course work

4.  be recommended for the award by the professors with whom coursework has been completed

5.  the endorsement and support of the graduate liaison or department chair

Application Process:

Application materials are due to the Women's and Gender Studies Program by March 15, 2014. Application packet must include:

1.  A copy of the student's graduate transcript

2.  A current copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae

3. A copy of the student's proposal or of their creative or research project.  This may include, but is not limited to, research papers, creative writing, visual and performing arts, etc.  These may be accompanied by a statement prepared by the applicant describing the significance of the submission for enhancing the appreciation of the contributions made by the women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma. The statement must be readable by an interdisciplinary audience.

4.  Reference letters prepared by two professors with whom the applicant has completed coursework.  These letters should speak to the significance of the project for enhancing the appreciation of the contributions made by women to the culture and progress of Oklahoma.

5.  An endorsement signature of the applicant's graduate liaison or department chair.

Selection Process:

A committee selected from members of the Women's and Gender Studies faculty will review the applications immediately following the deadline and recommend recipients to the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.  The recipient will be notified by April 15th and will be included in the Women's and Gender Studies Program student recognition and awards ceremony held annually.

Application Deadline:  March 15th



Maril Law Scholarship

Are you a Women and Gender Studies major or minor? Are you active in advocacy efforts related to women and gender, social justice, or LGBTQ issues at the local, state or national level? Do you have an interest or desire to attending law school as a way to further your activism?


Through the generosity of Robin Maril, a University of Oklahoma Alumna and WGS graduate, we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Maril Law School Scholarship Award. The Maril Law Scholarship will assist OU Women and Gender Studies students intending to pursue post-graduate education in the field of Law concerning social justice and women and gender issues.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • University of Oklahoma student in good academic standing
  • Must be a Women and Gender Studies major or minor, enrolled full time
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Accepted into an accredited law school and planning to enroll within 12 months of graduation.

Applicant Package

  • Applicants will submit a package that includes the following:
  • A written essay including:
  • Women and gender studies or social justice advocacy involvement.
  • Future career goals
  • 3 Letters of recommendation


Submit applications to wgs@ou.edu by March 15th.

About the donor:

Robin Maril graduated with a bachelor's degree in women's studies summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, where she was also selected Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law, where she was named a Rubin Public Interest Law Fellow. She has served as Presidential Managing Fellow for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where she worked on section 8 voucher policy development as well as drafting the 2010 HUD implementing rule for the ‘Violence Against Women Act’ conforming amendments. She currently serves as legislative counsel for administrative advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), focusing on federal programs and administrative policies impacting the LGBTQ community.

Mailing Address:

Women's and Gender Studies Program, ROB 101
Attn: Awards Committee
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
Phone: (405) 325-3481Fax: (405) 325-3573
Email: wgs@ou.edu
Website: http://wgs.ou.edu