WGSS Scholarships

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Prizes
For Students

Congratulations to our 2015 recipients!

Rikki Bettinger (History) - Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship - $2500
Sarah Becker (Hispanic Studies) - Maud Smith Paddock Grad/Undergrad Scholarship - $2500
Julie Sarpy (History) - Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Grad/Undergrad Scholarship - $2500
Shannon Terry (Law) - Patricia Eichhorn - $500
Marcela Acosta - $250 undergraduate essay prize
Margot Backus (English) - Faculty Summer Fellowship - $4000
Eric Walther (History) - Faculty Summer Fellowship - $4000
Samantha Kwan (Sociology) - WGSS faculty travel grant - $500

Congratulations to 2015 recipients and thanks to all who applied!

All application material or essays should be submitted to the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at wgss@uh.edu. Submission directions are detailed below.

Applications for 2016-2017 awards are due May 9, 2016 (NEW, EXTENDED DEADLINE) at noon.

Submission instructions for all applications:

  1. Submit the application materials to wgss@uh.edu by the deadline. Materials should be submitted as a single PDF, arranged in the order listed, using the following naming convention: lastname_abbreviatedgrantname_year.pdf.
  2. In your email, please submit the name of one reference who has agreed to send supporting letters (when applicable) directly to WGSS by the deadline. Recommenders should send letters to the attention of the WGSS Scholarship Review Committee and email them as a PDF attachment to wgss@uh.edu

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

Graduate Student Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

FWS Funding

Essay Prizes


Undergraduate Student Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a junior or senior, not necessarily a WGSS major or minor, who has completed at least 2 WGSS courses OR (in the absence of qualified Undergraduate candidates) a graduate student with at least 2 WGSS courses completed (WOST certificate preferred; see Graduate Scholarship info below).

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time or part-time student (award may be split between two part-time students).
  • Both merit and financial need will be considered

Application Materials

  • Current Transcript
  • Biographical essay (200 words), including a description of your career plans
  • Two (2) recommendations from people familiar with you and your work
  • Financial Aid Statement form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations) in a single pdf and submit to wgss@uh.edu following the Submission Instructions outlined at the top of this page.

Maud Smith Paddock Graduate/Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a junior or senior, not necessarily a WGSS major or minor, who has completed at least 2 WGSS courses, OR a graduate student with at least 2 WGSS courses completed (WOST certificate preferred).

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time student taking 12 hours in the Fall and Spring Semester of application
  • Both merit and financial need will be considered.

Application Materials

  • Current Transcript
  • Biographical Essay (200) words, including a description of your career plans
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work.
  • Financial Aid Statement Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations) in a single pdf and submit to wgss@uh.edu following the Submission Instructions outlined at the top of this page.

Returning Student Scholarship

The Patricia A. Eichhorn Endowed Scholarship for Returning Students - $500 award

After raising five children, Patricia A. Eichhorn returned to school and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction. In recognition of her leadership in providing financial assistance to students in transition seeking a second chance to have a productive and rewarding career, her family established the scholarship through an endowed gift to the University of Houston.

This scholarship is in support of non-traditional, returning students who are furthering their education.

Requirements

  • Be a non-traditional student
  • Applicants must be certified degree-seeking students at UH. Candidates may be entering or re-entering a program.
  • Recipients must enroll for a minimum of six credit hours of undergraduate or graduate studies for both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better to receive the second payment.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Application Materials

  • Typed biographical essay of no more than 250 words that includes the applicant’s educational goals and ways the scholarship would assist the applicant in attaining these goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation from educational or professional relationships
  • Application Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
  • Financial Statement Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
  • Transcripts
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations) in a single pdf and submit to wgss@uh.edu following the Submission Instructions outlined at the top of this page.

FWS Undergraduate Student Essay Prize

Friends of Women’s Studies Student Essay Prize - $250

The WGSS Program awards a prize of $250, to the best undergraduate essay on a WGSS topic. The prize is funded by the Friends of Women's Studies.

Essays will be judged by a three-person committee appointed by the Director of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. The committee will include two faculty members and a member of the Friends of Women's Studies Board.  The WGSS Program retains the right to not grant an award.

Requirements & Application Procedure

  • Entrants may be students at UH, not necessarily a WGSS Major or WOST or GLBT Minor.
  • Essays must be the student's own original work, written for a UH class in the academic year of the application. Course name, semester, professor's name must be indicated on essay.
  • Electronic copies must be submitted to the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies office at wgss@uh.edu, along with student's name, year, major/minor (if applicable), address, email and phone number.  Please see submission instructions at the top of this page. 

Graduate Student Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship - $2500

Awarded to a student working on a thesis or dissertation on a WGSS topic. Selection is based on the merit of the student's project and academic record.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time student in both Fall and Spring Semesters of fellowship.

Application Materials

  • GRE Scores
  • Current Transcript covering all Graduate Coursework
  • Summary of your project and its current status
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work.
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations) in a single pdf and submit to wgss@uh.edu following the Submission Instructions outlined at the top of this page.

Maud Smith Paddock Graduate/Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a junior or senior, not necessarily a WGSS major or minor, who has completed at least 2 WGSS courses, OR a graduate student with at least 2 WGSS courses completed (WOST certificate preferred).

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time student taking 12 hours in the Fall and Spring Semester of application (or required hours if a grad student)
  • Both merit and financial need will be considered.

Application Materials

  • GRE Scores
  • Current Transcript covering all Graduate Coursework
  • Summary of your project and its current status
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work.
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations) in a single pdf and submit to wgss@uh.edu following the Submission Instructions outlined at the top of this page.

FWS Graduate Student Essay Prize

Friends of Women’s Studies Graduate Student Essay Prize - $250

The WGSS Program awards a prize of $250, to the best graduate essay on a WGSS topic. The prize is funded by the Friends of Women's Studies. 

Essays will be judged by a three-person committee appointed by the Director of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. The committee will include two faculty members and a member of the Friends of Women's Studies Board.  The WGSS Program retains the right to not grant an award.

Requirements & Application Procedure

  • Entrants may be students in any UH department, not necessarily a WGSS Graduate Certificate Student.
  • Essays must be the student's own original work, written for a UH class in the academic year of the application. Course name, semester and professor's name must be indicated on essay.
  • Electronic copies must be submitted to the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies office at wgss@uh.edu, along with student's name, year, major/minor (if applicable), address, email and phone number.  Please see submission instructions at the top of this page. 

WGSS Graduate Student Travel Grant - $750 max

Graduate students currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Houston may apply for a limited number of supplemental travel funds in order to facilitate travel to professional conferences or for research projects on WGSS topics. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one course toward the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, but students need not be enrolled in the WS Graduate Certificate program in order to apply. The maximum amount awarded per student will be $750.

  1. Download the application
  2. Combine all materials in a single pdf and submit to wgss@uh.edu following the Submission Instructions outlined at the top of this page.

Please contact the WGSS office for additional information or for applications.
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
Room 624 Agnes Arnold Hall
713-743-3214
or wgss@uh.edu.
http://www.friendsofwomen.org

Applications are due April 15, 2016 at noon.

All application material or essays should be submitted to the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at wgss@uh.edu.  Submission directions are detailed below. 

Submission instructions for all applications:

  1. Submit the application materials to wgss@uh.edu by the deadline.  Materials should be submitted as a single PDF, arranged in the order listed, using the following naming convention: lastname_abbreviatedgrantname_year.pdf.
  2. In your email, please submit the name of one reference who has agreed to send supporting letters (when applicable) directly to WGSS by the deadline. Recommenders should send letters to the attention of the WGSS Scholarship Review Committee and email them as a PDF attachment to wgss@uh.edu.

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