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The Women’s Center is pleased to offer and/or administer five scholarship programs for undergraduate students.  These scholarships are made possible by our generous donors, who believe in the abilities and talents of women students and want to encourage their success at Wright State.

The Center also screens candidates for the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.  Each year, the President's Office sends a faculty or staff member to represent Wright State at this national institute.  Completed applications are due no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013.


HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration
Kim and Shelley Goldenberg Scholarship for the Women's Center
Wilda Murray Ehrenfried Scholarship

Jo Angela Freeman Saxon Scholarship for Working Mothers

SCARF Child Care Scholarship

Wright State Organization for Women (WOW) Scholarship

Lillie P. Howard Student Need-Based Grant


HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration

Download the 2015 call for applications here and a letter from Amber Vlasnik, Chair of the Presidential Screening Committee, detailing the 2015 application process.

Please join the Women's Center in congratulating the following

2014-15 award recipients:


2014 HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration

Dr. Kathrin Engisch

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Outreach

Amanda Watkins

Associate Director of Veterans Affairs


Wilda Murray Ehrenfried Scholarship

JohAnna M. Jackson

Organizational Leadership


Kim and Shelley Goldenberg Scholarship

Quanita McRoberts

Liberal Studies with a Social Science Concentration


Jo Angela Freeman Saxon Scholarship for Working Mothers

Michelle L. Buckingham

Communications Studies

Jaclyn S. Lawrence

Early Childhood Education

Wright State University is committed to the success of women administrators and faculty. Through the vision and support of the President's Office, Wright State University has sent over twenty-six candidates to the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration since 1986. This prestigious and competitive nomination is an excellent professional development opportunity for WSU faculty and staff who are preparing for increased administrative responsibilities.

The Summer Institute is a residential program that offers women administrators and faculty intensive training in education administration. The Institute is composed of five curricular units (Understanding the Higher Education Enviornment, Planning and Leading Change in the Academy, Managing and Investing Strategic Resources, Engaging Individual and Institutional Diversity, Mapping Your Leadership Development) that provide participants with a comprehensive and diverse perspectives on current issues in higher education. The Institute places emphasis on the internationalization of higher education and the growing diversity of the student body and workforce.

The purpose of the Summer Institute is to improve the status of women in the middle and executive levels of higher education administration, areas in which women traditionally have been under-represented. The unique aspect of the Institute is its commitment to the development of a professional network of skilled women administrators ready to be mutually supportive and to work cooperatively to enlarge the professional opportunities for women in higher education. This network is extended through interaction with Summer Institute faculty, women, and men drawn from government, foundations, professional associations, and the diverse sectors of North American higher education.


Kim and Shelley Goldenberg Scholarship for the Women's Center

Purpose
The Kim and Shelley Goldenberg Scholarship for the Women's Center was endowed by former WSU president Kim Goldenberg and his wife Shelley in 2006. The scholarship fund was established to provide financial support to students who have demonstrated leadership potential and/or community service.

Support Provided
The 2012-13 scholarship cycle will provide one, one-time award. The amount is to be determined.

Eligibility
Preference will be give to applicants who fit the following criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate student;
  • Have demonstrated leadership potential and/or commitment to community service;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A. of 2.5.

 


Wilda Murray Ehrenfried Scholarship

Purpose
The Wilda Murray Ehrenfried Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Mrs. Ehrenfried in honor of her 90th birthday and is intended to help provide funding for women with dependent children.

Support Provided
The 2012-13 scholarship cycle will provide up to two, one-time awards, amount to be determined. Also, the recipients' names will be engraved on a display in the Women's Center that honors Mrs. Ehrenfried and all scholarship recipients.

Eligibility
All current or future students who have been admitted to Wright State University are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to currently enrolled undergraduate women with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and dependent children.

 


 

Jo Angela Freeman Saxon Scholarship for Working Mothers

 

Purpose
In the early 1980s, Jo Angela Freeman Saxon worked full-time as a kindergarten teacher, attended college full-time to complete her degree, and was the sole provider for three small children. The scholarship was started in 2008 by Jo Angela’s friends and family to ease the financial stress faced by working mothers as they seek to better the lives of their families. 


Support Provided
The 2012-13 scholarship cycle will provide one, one-time award. The amount is to be determined.

Eligibility
Preference will be give to applicants who fit the following criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate student;

  • Work at least part-time;

  • Have at least one dependent;

  • Demonstrate financial and/or circumstantial need; and

  • Be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A. of 2.5.

 


SCARF Child Care Scholarship

Purpose
The Society for Childcare Assistance/Relief (SCARF) scholarship program aims to help address child care costs for undergraduate students parents, with a preference for majors in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  This Dayton-based non-profit organization, endowed by John O. and Janet E. Miller, has chosen Wright State University as the pilot site for its program effective immediately.

Support Provided

The scholarship program provides child care scholarships of $500 per semester. Five scholarships will be awarded at all times, so if one recipient graduates, another recipient will be awarded.  Continuation of the award between terms will be determined on a case-by-case basis considering: the length of break between actual class sessions; childcare arrangements, and opportunities for the student to mentor or internship in their field during breaks.  Feedback from awardees will be required as input to future scholarship program design.  The scholarship is renewable, subject to availability.

Eligibility
Applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at WSU. Full time students will be given priority but half time students will be considered with explanation of circumstance;
  • Be a junior or senior in a STEM field which is in demand to address the technology gap;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Have dependent children (12 years old or younger or a child with special needs under the age of 19) living with them who incur childcare expenses from a legal provider;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Be in good academic standing, maintaining a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 .

 


Wright State Organization for Women (WOW) Scholarship

Purpose
The Wright State Organization for Women Scholarship was established to encourage and assist non-traditional females to earn an undergraduate degree.

Support Provided
The 2012-13 scholarship cycle amount is to be determined.

Eligibility
All continuing or transferring to WSU non-tradional undergraduate female students are encouraged to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants who fit the following criteria:

  • Must be age 25 or above or younger with extenuating circumstances (such as single head of household, recent divorce, job loss, etc.); 
  • Must be enrolled part-time (no less than 3 and no more than 11 credit hours and who have normally carried a part-time course load - unless receiving the WOW Scholarship enables the applicant to take additional credit hours classifying them as full-time);
  • Must be a continuing or transferring undergraduate female student and have a documented 3.0 cumulative grade point average established either at Wright State or the more recently attended transfer institution.

Lillie P. Howard Student Need-Based Grant

Purpose

The Lillie P. Howard Student Need-Based Grant Fund was established in 1997 by Dr. Lillie P. Howard; additional gifts have also been made by family, friends and co-workers in her honor.  The fund assists students whose financial needs are not currently being met by existing financial aid programs (federal, state, local; grants; scholarships; attractive loans) and/or students for whom loans would be overly burdensome.  This fund is also meant to address immediate, short-term and unanticipated financial hurdles and/or to get students out of any financial bind which threatens their ability to continue their education at Wright State University.

Support Provided
The amount of each grant is dependent on the need of the student and the funds available.

Eligibility
Applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or continuing student at Wright State University;

  • Presently be in good academic and judicial standing with Wright State University; and

  • Be able to document unusual financial need over and above their financial aid eligibility.

Download the application.


 
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