Scholarships and Prizes
Congratulations to the 2013 Scholarship and Essay Prize Winners!
2013 Award Winners
University Academic Excellence Award Winner: Gail Harvey
Eleanor M. Carlson Award: Katherine Day
Erica Knowles Excellence Award: Catherine Scott
Patricia Farnes Essay Prize: Katie Gallagher
The Gender and Women's Studies Program usually awards approximately $25,000 in scholarships every year. The largest proportion comes from the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson scholarship endowment for single mothers. The rest is awarded to Gender and Women's Studies majors and minors, derived from several endowments: the Eleanor M. Carlson Trust, the Dorothy F. Donnelly Scholarship, and the Mother Jones Scholarship, and in alternate years, the Dana Shugar Memorial Scholarship. The GWS Program also awards a prize for the best essay on any topic of feminist scholarship.
In 2012 Gender and Women's Studies faculty voted to start a new graduating student award in Gender and Women's Studies, The Erica Knowles Excellence Award, in honor and memory of the creativity, brilliance, and courage of Erica Knowles. This award honors a graduating student for academic achievement, originality, initiative, independence, leadership, commitment to equity and equality, and dedication to the field of global feminism.
Catherine Scott (far right), Gail Harvey (middle), and Katherine Day (far left)
2012 Award Winners
University Academic Excellence Award: Anna Vaccaro
Eleanor M. Carlson Award: Rebecca Roque
Erica Knowles Excellence Award: Mindy Walls
Patricia Farnes Essay Contest: Anna Vaccaro
Danielle Henderson (left) and
2011 Award Winners
University Academic Excellence Award: Danielle Henderson
Eleanor M. Carlson Award: Nelli Ruotsalainen
Patricia Farnes Essay Contest: Nelli Ruotsalainen
Congratulations to the 2013 Scholarship Winners!
2013 Award Winners
The Eleanor M. & Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Scholarship for Single Mothers: Nadine Evans
The Eleanor M. Carlson Trust Scholarship: Katie Gallagher
The Dorothy Donnelly Scholarship: Camille Cataldo
The Dana Shugar Memorial Scholarship: Melody Franciso
The Mother Jones Endowed Scholarship: Gianelle Alba
All applications must be submitted to Roosevelt 315 by Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, 4 p.m. (No electronic submissions accepted.)
More information is provided on the application.
Established by Eleanor M. Carlson, this scholarship is awarded annually. The award usually includes in-state tuition (but not fees) and a book allowance. The number and amount of scholarships awarded is determined by the funds generated by the endowment. A modest amount is set aside for a book allowance. While the award is for a year, the progress of recipients is checked after the fall semester. If there is an academic problem, change of marital status or a dependent is no longer in the household, the scholarship may be terminated. Scholarship holders may reapply for subsequent years.
Student must be a woman who is a single-parent head of household with one or more dependent children. Preference will be given to candidates who meet one or more of the following criteria:
The scholarship is advertised in March or April of each year. Applications may be requested by calling the Gender and Women's Studies Office at (401) 874-5150 or by downloading the application by clicking on the link above. In addition to information requested about the applicant and her dependent child(ren), each applicant is asked to attach a statement which addresses the following points: information about herself; what she has been doing since leaving high school; how the scholarship will help her to attain her educational goals; and her future plans after graduation. Recipients are notified in July or August.
Established with a bequest from Eleanor M. Carlson for students enrolled in the Gender and Women's Studies Program. The scholarship amount is determined by the funds generated by the endowment. The scholarship amount is determined by the funds generated by the endowment.
Students must be a major or minor in Gender and Women's Studies who has completed 24 undergraduate credits in any subject. Additionally, two Gender and Women's Studies courses, one of which has a GWS designation, must be completed by the time of the award. Preference will be given to candidates who meet one or more of the following criteria:
Recipients are notified in early summer. Recipients of the Carlson Endowed Scholarship for Single Mothers are ineligible for the Carlson Trust Scholarship. If no suitable applicants for the Trust Scholarship are identified, the Gender and Women's Studies Program reserves the right to consider applicants who have received the Carlson Scholarship for Single Mothers.
The Eleanor M. Carlson Award is given to an outstanding graduating student in Gender and Women's Studies whose qualifications may include: contributions to the campus or community; job or family commitment; feminist scholarship or activities; leadership or voluntary service; and academic excellence.
Selection is determined by the Gender and Women's Studies Advisory Committee.
The GWS Program is pleased to announce the Dorothy F. Donnelly Scholarship to be awarded to a major or minor in Gender and Women's Studies based on a combination of academic excellence, community, campus service and financial need.
Endowment established by Patricia Farnes, M.D., and increased by the bequest of Lucile Farnes. The scholarship amount is determined by the funds generated by the endowment. Award amounts may vary from year to year.
Student must be a major or minor in Gender and Women's Studies who has completed at least two Gender and Women's Studies courses, one of which has a GWS designation, by the time of the award. Selection is based on financial need as determined by rankings from the Financial Aid Office. Among students who are equally needy, academic excellence will be the determining factor in the selection. Applications are announced in March and available here. The scholarship is also announced in The Cigar. Recipients are notified in June.
The Dana Shugar Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Sam and Shirley Shugar in memory of their daughter, Dana R. Shugar (1961-2000), a Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies. Recipients are selected by the English Department in the spring of even-numbered years (2010, 2012, etc) and by the Gender and Women's Studies Program in the spring of odd-numbered years ( 2011, 2013, etc).
Scholarships are announced in April, and applications are available here.
Deadline for entries is May 1, 2013 at 4pm. Essays need to be submitted to the GWS Office in Roosevelt 315. No e-mailed or faxed submissions, please!
The Gender and Women's Studies Program offers a prize for an outstanding paper on any topic of feminist scholarship. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of judges from the Gender and Women's Studies Advisory Committee. If the endowment funds are available, the first-place winner will receive $100 and a certificate. Second- and third- place winners will receive Honorable Mention certificates. (The judges have the option of recommending that no first-, second-, or third-place prize be awarded if there is no paper of sufficient excellence.)
The contest is open to all URI undergraduates enrolled for the 2012-2013 academic year. Papers may be submitted by students or nominated by any faculty member. Each student may submit only one paper. Faculty may nominate up to three papers each.
Submissions may be critical, theoretical, analytical, or interpretive, but the subject matter must be approached from a feminist perspective and must follow a standard academic format (e.g. MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.)
Essays should be written without assuming that readers are familiar with particular methodologies or with the works being discussed. Therefore, essays originally written for a course may require revision for a generally educated and interested audience, but without any specific knowledge of the subject matter.
Essays will be judged on strength of argument, clarity of writing, use of evidence, and original thinking.
Submissions should be 1,200 to 3,000 words long, which is approximately 5-10 pages (given one-inch margins and using 10- or 12- point type). Shorter or longer papers will be disqualified automatically.
Essays should include full documentation of all sources and a reference list.
If the essay has been submitted elsewhere, please include information on previous submissions (e.g. the course for which the paper was prepared and the context of its preparation, the publication for which the essay was written.)
Include your name, local address, telephone number, and word count on the cover page. Your name should appear only on the cover page, which will be removed for anonymous judging. Please number all pages after the cover page. The prize-winners will be notified in June.
Legacy of Eleanor Carlson
Legacy of Patricia Farnes
Legacy of Dana Shugar