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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.

The 2018 deadline for applications/nominations has passed.


Women’s Studies

Pauline Thompson Scholarship & Johanna Busek Scholarship

Award amount: TBA

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 and queer 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 7, 2017, and April 23, 2018, 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 (PDF) may be uploaded with nomination form; photographs of visual arts or video of performing arts may be submitted on CD/DVD to Wilson-Short 111 by the April 23 deadline.
  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.

Scholarly Achievement Award in Women’s Studies and Queer Studies

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

This award honors students’ outstanding contributions to women’s 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 women’s studies majors or minors and queer studies minors in a women’s studies course between April 7, 2017, and April 23, 2018, is eligible for consideration.

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

Nominations should include the following:

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

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.

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.