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Fellowships, Scholarships and Prizes For Students

Congratulations to our 2019 recipients!

Maud Smith Paddock Undergraduate Scholarship—$2500
Kat Newman, WGSS

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship in WGSS—$2500.
Maryam Ahmad, Psychology

Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship in WGSS—$2500  
Juana Campos, Sociology

Patricia A. Eichhorn Endowed Scholarship for Returning Students—$2500  
Karen Waxler, WGSS

FWS Student Essay Prizes—$250 each

Undergraduate Award
Lida Hedayatpour

Graduate Award
Darah Vann

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to all applicants, the judges and the donors.

 

WGSS is currently accepting applications for the Travel Grant Application! The deadline for this round of funding is October 18th!

The deadline for FY20-21 scholarship applications is May 15, 2020! 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. Include a WGSS Scholarship Cover Sheet in your application.
  2. 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_firstname_2018.pdf.
  3. If your references are submitting their letters separately directly to WGSS by the deadline, please include their names in your cover email.  ReIn 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 email letters as a PDF attachment to wgss@uh.edu with RECOMMENDATION FOR <YOUR NAME> in the subject line.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

The Eichhorn Scholarship

Graduate Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

FWS Funding

Essay Prizes


Undergraduate Scholarships 

The Shuart Scholarships

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergraduate Scholarship - $2500

Awarded to a rising junior or senior 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

  • Cover Sheet
  • Current Transcript (need not be official sealed transcript, but must be current)
  • Biographical essay (200-400 words), including a description of your career plans and the impact of your WGSS courses on your work.
  • Two (2) recommendations from people familiar with you and your work (may be included in packet or emailed by recommender directly to wgss@uh.edu with YOUR NAME and the word RECOMMENDATION in the subject line)
  • Financial Aid Statement form
  • 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 rising junior or senior 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

  • Cover Sheet
  • Current Transcript (need not be official sealed transcript, but must be current)
  • Biographical essay (200-400 words), including a description of your career plans and the impact of your WGSS courses on your work.
  • Two (2) recommendations from people familiar with you and your work (may be included in packet or emailed by recommender directly to wgss@uh.edu with YOUR NAME and the word RECOMMENDATION in the subject line)
  • Financial Aid Statement form
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations if coming separately) 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.  Finalists may be contacted for a personal interview.  Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need; however, merit and motivation are also important considerations in selection for this scholarship.

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

  • Cover Sheet
  • Typed biographical essay of 200-400 words that includes the applicant’s educational goals and ways the scholarship would assist the applicant in attaining these goals.
  • A list of special honors or awards
  • Financial Aid Statement form
  • Transcripts (need not be official sealed transcript, but must be current)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from educational or professional relationships (may be included in packet or emailed by recommender directly to wgss@uh.edu with YOUR NAME and the word RECOMMENDATION in the subject line)
  • Combine all materials (excluding recommendations if coming separately) 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 Scholarships

The Shuart Scholarships

Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship - $2500

Awarded to a graduate 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

  • Cover Sheet
  • Summary of your project and its current status
  • GRE Scores
  • Current Transcript covering all Graduate Coursework (need not be official sealed transcript, but must be current)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work (may be included in packet or emailed by recommender directly to wgss@uh.edu with YOUR NAME and the word RECOMMENDATION in the subject line).
  • 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

  • Cover Sheet
  • Summary of your project and its current status
  • GRE Scores
  • Current Transcript covering all Graduate Coursework (need not be official sealed transcript, but must be current)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from people familiar with you and your work (may be included in packet or emailed by recommender directly to wgss@uh.edu with YOUR NAME and the word RECOMMENDATION in the subject line).
  • 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.  Prior authorization from the University is required before travel.

  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

Links to Forms:

 

Past Winners - 2018-2019

The WGSS Program and the Friends of Women’s Studies are pleased to announce our scholarship and fellowship winners for 2018-2019:

The Shuart Scholarships

Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship
Jaime Cano – Hispanic Studies graduate student/WGSS certificate holder – for work on his dissertation on Chicanx Crime Literature and Masculinities

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergraduate Scholarship
Parnia Razinobakht – Political Science Major/WGSS Minor


Maud Smith Paddock Graduate/Undergraduate Scholarship 
Lesli Vollrath – English graduate student/WGSS certificate holder – for work on her dissertation entitled "Individual Differences and Workplace Factors that Promote and Hinder Career Success of Women in Academia" 

The H-E-B Undergraduate Scholarships for WGSS:

Emmanuella Aina 
Irina Alejandro
Texas Cook
Parnia Razinobakht
Cristal Solares-Bockmon 
Jacqueline Wostrel 

Faculty Summer Fellowships

Prof. Ann Christensen, English – for work her new edition of an early modern play, A Warning for Fair Women (1599)
Prof. Nancy Beck Young, History – for work on “The Lady Bird Treatment: Lady Bird Johnson, Liberalism, and the 1964 Presidential Campaign” and other projects. 

Graduate Student Travel Fellowships


Sylvia Fernandez, Hispanic Studies – MLA 2019 
Annette Zapata, Hispanic Studies – The Caribbean Digital V Conference December 2018
The Friends of Women’s Studies Student Essay Prizes
Undergraduate Essay – Cristal Solares-Bockmon – WGSS
Graduate Essay – Grete Torquist – English/WGSS
Many thanks to our donors: H-E-B, Carey C. Shuart and the Friends of Women’s Studies. 

Past Winners - 2017-2018

WGSS Travel Grant

Sylvia Fernandez (Hispanic Studies) - WGSS Travel Grant
Isis Campos (Hispanic Studies) - WGSS Travel Grant
Annette Zapata(Hispanic Studies) - WGSS Travel Grant
Maria Monserud (Sociology)- Faculty Travel Grant 

Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship

Sylvia Fernandez – Hispanic Studies

Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergraduate Scholarship

Livia Garza – WGSS Major

Maud Smith Paddock Graduate/Undergraduate Scholarship

Devon Jones – Political Science

H-E-B Scholarships for Undergraduate WGSS Students

Irina Alejandro
Elizabeth Aguilar
Lauren Erickson
Kathleen Gonzalez
Tonya Huynh
Heather Poole
Parnia Razinobakht
Sara Rehman
Alia Siddiqui
Nnenna Umelloh

Patricia A. Eichhorn Endowed Scholarship for Returning Students

Elizabeth Aguilar


Past Winners - 2016 recipients!

Maria Ferreira (Political Science) - Elizabeth Smith Chenoweth Undergrad Scholarship - $2500
Ally Castillo (History) - Blanche Espy Chenoweth Graduate Fellowship - $2500
Hannah Richard (Sociology) - Maud Smith Paddock Grad/Undergrad Scholarship - $2500
Regina Vitolo (History) - Patricia Eichhorn - $500
Rikki Bettinger (History) - WGSS Travel Grant
Crescida Jacobs (History) - WGSS Travel Grant
Sarah Pina (Hispanic Studies) - WGSS Travel Grant

Fall 2016 Recipients
Rusquin Chadez (Hispanic Studies) - WGSS Travel Grant
Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla (Hispanic Studies) - WGSS Travel Grant
Meera Jagannathan (English) - WGSS Travel Grant