Scholarships

Details on How to Apply

The deadline for the 2014-2015 fellowships, grants, scholarships, and essays has passed. Please visit our website next Spring for deadline information.

No late submissions. All application material or essays should be turned into the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Office, 624 Agnes Arnold Hall.

Student Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

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 application
 Application Materials
  1. GRE Scores
  2. Official Transcripts of all Graduate Coursework
  3. Summary of your project and its current status
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work.

Maud Smith Paddock Graduate/Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a junior or senior, not necessarily a WGSS minor, who has completed at least 2 WGSS courses, OR a graduate student with at least 2 Women’s Studies 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
  1. GRE Scores
  2. Official Transcripts of all Graduate Coursework
  3. Summary of your project and its current status
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work.
  5. Financial Aid Statement Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
 
Criteria for graduate student applicants is the same as for the Blanche Espy Chenoweth Fellowship (see above). If you are not working on a thesis or dissertation, substitute a discussion of the role of WGSS in your research and career plans.
 
Graduate Essay Prize
 
$250 Friends of Women’s Studies Student Essay Prize
The Women's Studies 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
  • Entrants must be students at UH of any gender, not necessarily a 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.
  • Three (3) typewritten/printed copies must be submitted to the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies office (624 AH), along with student's name, year, major/minor (if applicable), address, email and phone number.

Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Travel Grant

Requirements

  • Information and Application
  • Please note that eligibility is limited to current students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one course towards the Certificate.
  • Fall Deadline: November 15, 2013
  • Spring Deadline: May 9, 2014
 

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a junior or senior, not necessarily a WGSS minor, who has completed at least 2 WGSS courses.
 
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
  1. Transcript
  2. Biographical essay (200 words), including a description of your career plans
  3. Three recommendations from people familiar with you and your work
  4. Financial Aid Statement form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).

Maud Smith Paddock Graduate/Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a junior or senior, not necessarily a WGSS minor, who has completed at least 2 WGSS courses, OR a graduate student with at least 2 Women’s Studies 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
  1. Transcripts
  2. Biographical Essay (200) words, including a description of your career plans
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work.
  4. Financial Aid Statement Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).

 

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
  1. Typed biographical essay of no more than 250 that includes the applicant’s educational goals and ways the scholarship would assist the applicant in attaining these goals
  2. Two letters of recommendation from educational or professional relationships
  3. Application Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
  4. Financial Statement Form (available at AH 624 or www.friendsofwomen.org).
  5. Official Transcripts
Undergraduate Essay Prize

$250 Friends of Women’s Studies Student Essay Prize

The Women's Studies 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
  • Entrants must be students at UH of any gender, not necessarily a 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 and professor's name must be indicated on essay.
  • Three (3) typewritten/printed copies must be submitted to the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies office (624 AH), along with student's name, year, major/minor (if applicable), address, email and phone number.

2013-2014 WGSS Scholarship and Fellowship Winners

Thanks to all who entered and Congratulations to the winners!

The Shuart Fellowships 

Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship ($2500)

Ashley Wurzbacher- English

For work on her creative dissertation, a collection of short stories entitled Blue Refrain

Maud Smith Paddock Graduate or Undergraduate Fellowship ($2500)

Phoencia Fares- Sociology

For work on her Master's thesis, entitled "Women's Narratives in Story-Focused Video Games: Beyond Her Body and Clothes"

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergraduate Fellowship ($2500)

Gillian Reingold- English


Patricia Eichhorn Fellowship ($500)

Deidre Tubbs- Sociology


FWS Funding

FWS Graduate Travel Grant ($750)

Tracy Butler- History

For research on her dissertation

Graduate Essay Contest ($250)

Christopher Haight- History

"From Hate Crimes to Activism: The Roots of the Gay Anti-Violence Movement in Texas, 1990-1995"
(written for Prof. Nancy Young's Research Seminar in US History)

Undergraduate Essay Contest ($250)

Ann Lynd- Political Science

"Women Candidates and the Media

(written for Prof. Nancy Sims' Women in Politics course)