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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards

Awards are made annually to recognize exceptional scholarly achievement and engagement. Award criteria are described below.

All applications/nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Awards will be announced at the fifth annual CCGRS Awards Celebration and Banquet, to be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 4:00–6:30 p.m. at Banyans on the Ridge.


CCGRS

Scholarly Achievement Award in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Popular Culture, and Queer Studies

First place: $1,000 • Second place: $500 • Third Place: $250

This award honors students’ outstanding contributions to women’s studies, ethnic studies, and/or queer studies scholarship. Specifically, we are looking for a single piece of work that demonstrates exceptional achievement in research, application of theory, and/or writing. Originality, personal investment, and overall excellence are some of the qualities this work should exhibit.

Any work meeting the above criteria that has been completed by a women’s studies, ethnic studies, or queer studies major or minor in a women’s studies or ethnic studies course between April 8, 2016, and April 4, 2017, is eligible for consideration.

Self-nominations by CCGRS majors and minors are appropriate and encouraged. CCGRS faculty may also make nominations.

Nominations should include the following:

  • Completed nomination form.
  • A copy of your paper and the assignment.
  • A one-page statement explaining why this work merits consideration for the award.

Comparative Ethnic Studies

Sophie Nicole Leonard Memorial Award/Scholarship

Award amount: One award of $600 OR two awards of $300 each

Application form »

The Sophie Nicole Leonard Memorial Award/Scholarship for CES majors and minors is based on achieving social justice through scholarly endeavors and/or work within the community. Qualifications include:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.
  • Undergraduate CES major or minor student enrolled in at least 12 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Demonstrated ability in and commitment to social justice through scholarly endeavors and/or work within the community.
  • Preference for first-generation college students.
  • Have not received this scholarship in the past.

Women’s Studies

Pauline Thompson Scholarship & Johanna Busek Scholarship

Award amount: TBA

Application form »

The Pauline Thompson Scholarship and Johanna Busek Scholarship are available to women’s studies majors and minors and queer studies minors.

Creative Achievement Award in Women’s Studies

First place: $1,000 • Second place: $500 • Third Place: $250

This award honors students’ contributions to women’s studies creative expression. Specifically, we are looking for a single piece of work or project that demonstrates exceptional achievement and artistic expression. Creativity, personal investment, and overall excellence are some of the qualities that this work should exhibit.

Any work meeting the above criteria that has been completed by a women’s studies major or minor or queer studies minor in a women’s studies course between April 8, 2016, and April 4, 2017, is eligible for consideration.

Self-nominations are appropriate and encouraged. Women’s studies faculty may also nominate a student’s work.

Nominations should include the following:

  1. Completed nomination form.
  2. A copy of the assignment.
  3. The creative work or project: copies of poems or prose, photographs of visual arts (prints or CD), or CD/DVD of performing arts.
  4. A one-page statement explaining the background and significance of the project.

Celia Forrest Women’s Studies Student Award

Award amount: $2,000

This award recognizes a women’s studies major or minor or queer studies minor who has:

  1. Demonstrated an application of women’s studies theory to his/her life, and
  2. Shown excellence in course-related research.

Self-nominations are appropriate and encouraged. Women’s studies faculty may also nominate students.

Nominations should include the following:

  1. Completed nomination form.
  2. An essay of approximately two pages describing your experience with women’s studies pertaining to the two criteria above.
  3. A resume or CV.

Instructional Faculty

Susan Armitage Teaching Award

The Susan Armitage Teaching Award is given annually to a CCGRS faculty member, instructor, or teaching graduate assistant for his/her contributions to women’s studies and/or ethnic studies as recognized by the CCGRS majors/minors. Criteria for this award are:

  • Contributing to the development of women’s studies and/or ethnic studies in an exceptional manner.
  • Providing a feminist/womanist/anti-racist role model for students at WSU.

Nomination form »

Other Awards

College Scholarships

The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $85,000 annually through more than 35 scholarship funds.

Future Cougars Embracing Diversity

This program for Washington state residents is in a transitional stage, so watch the Admissions website for details as they are announced!

McNair Scholar Awards

Undergraduates planning to pursue a Ph.D. who a) qualify as low-income and first-generation OR b) are from a group underrepresented in graduate education may be eligible for the federally funded McNair Achievement Program.

Graduate Opportunities

For information on additional awards available to graduate students, see the Office of Grant & Research Development.