Scholarships

Apply for all of our scholarships through AcademicWorks. Women and Gender Studies Scholarships are available for all WGS students, regardless of citizenship status.

Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship: $500

The Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship supports women’s rights and social justice by helping Women and Gender Studies (WGS) students in immediate financial need to remain in school. Two scholarships will be awarded each year to students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and articulate how the scholarship would help them to continue their education. One applicant will be selected from our juniors and seniors, the other from WGS M.A. students.

Eligibility: Must be a WGS major or minor, be a junior or senior, and have a GPA above 3.0

Submission materials: Students submit an unofficial copy of their transcript, the name and e-mail address of a WGS professor who has agreed to act as a reference, a short statement about their commitment to social justice, and a short statement explaining the financial need. Please see Academic Works for more details.

The Women and Gender Studies Award: $500

The Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Award recognizes WGS majors or minors who have demonstrated excellent growth and achievement in their academic study, and have applied the feminist commitments of the department (engagement with the larger community, critical thinking and analysis, and working toward social justice) in innovative ways. These innovations are broadly defined, and can take place in the classroom, at their workplaces, on campus, through community organizing and/or at home.

Eligibility: Must be a WGS major or minor and have a GPA above 3.0

Submission materials: Students are nominated by WGS faculty. The WGS Scholarship committee makes the final decision on the awardee. Some years may have multiple awardees. Once they are named as awardees, students are directed to Academic Works to complete the process.

WGS Emergency Fund Scholarship

The purpose of the WGS Student Emergency Fund Scholarship is to support students in need of “emergency” funding. An emergency is broadly defined to include those categories not covered as part of the regular cost of attendance (i.e. NOT “tuition fees, books and supplies, meals, housing, transportation, and personal expenses” per Financial Aid). During the first 3 years of this award (2016-2019) 30 students received a total of $11,269. 

The award is open to all graduate and undergraduate students majoring or minoring in WGS. Preference is given to graduate students and undergraduate majors, there is no GPA requirement, and there is no minimum award amount. The scholarship is open to all students, regardless of citizenship status. 

Contact the Department Chair for more information.

Emergency Fund Scholarship Application (docx)

Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship: $500

The Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship supports women’s rights and social justice by helping Women and Gender Studies (WGS) students in immediate financial need to remain in school. Two scholarships will be awarded each year to students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and articulate how the scholarship would help them to continue their education. One applicant will be selected from our juniors and seniors, the other from WGS M.A. students.

Eligibility: Must be a WGS M.A. student and have a GPA above 3.0.

Submission materials: Students submit an unofficial copy of their transcript, the name and e-mail address of a WGS professor who has agreed to act as a reference, a short statement about their commitment to social justice, and a short statement explaining the financial need. Please see Academic Works for more details.

Apply for the Marjorie H. Stern Scholarship (Academic Works)

WGS Emergency Fund Scholarship

The purpose of the WGS Student Emergency Fund Scholarship is to support students in need of “emergency” funding. An emergency is broadly defined to include those categories not covered as part of the regular cost of attendance (i.e. NOT “tuition fees, books and supplies, meals, housing, transportation, and personal expenses” per Financial Aid). During the first 3 years of this award (2016-2019) 30 students received a total of $11,269. 

The award is open to all graduate and undergraduate students majoring or minoring in WGS. Preference is given to graduate students and undergraduate majors, there is no GPA requirement, and there is no minimum award amount. The scholarship is open to all students, regardless of citizenship status. 

Contact the Department Chair for more information.

Emergency Fund Scholarship Application (docx)

Markowski-Leach Scholarship

The Scholarship is intended for LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students attending San Francisco State University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Hastings, and UC San Francisco.  The Scholarship award is $2,000 per year for 2 years as long as the recipient continues to meet eligibility requirements.  To continue the award beyond the initial 2 years, re-application is necessary.

Further information about the Scholarship program and the required on-line application are available at on the Markowski-Leach website.

JAY-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation

JAY-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation is accepting applications from students in high school and college, including trade school, now through April 30. The 21-time Grammy winner and his mom, co-founder Gloria Carter, have been instrumental in providing scholarships for "individuals facing socio-economic hardships to further their education at post secondary institutions."

According to the Shawn Carter website, "since 2003 over $4MM have supported initiatives to empower youth and communities in need through the Foundation's programs: Scholarship Fund, College Prep and Exposure, International Exposure, Professional Development, Scholar Support and Community &Goodwill Programs".

Learn about Shawn Carter's Foundation.