Scholarships

The Women’s & Gender Studies annually administers the following scholarships:

Florence L. Healy Scholarship in Women’s & Gender Studies

Qualified applicants will have:

  • taken at least one Women’s & Gender Studies course
  • research interests in Women’s & Gender Studies
  • a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • demonstrated financial need

This scholarship is for the 2020-21 school year; students graduating in May 2020 or August 2020 are not eligible.  One Graduate student and one Undergraduate student will be awarded $3,000 scholarships this year.

Students who wish to be considered must have a completed profile on file in the UWM Scholarship Portal. Your profile is a one-time set up that will match you with all available scholarships and awards, so it is important that you complete the profile both to be considered for this opportunity as well as all future scholarships. Access the portal at: https://uwm.academicworks.com/.

In addition to the general application, students who wish to be considered for this scholarships must answer a few additional questions, including an essay about your interest in Women’s & Gender Studies and two letters of recommendation. You will find a link to the Florence L. Healy Scholarship on your dashboard of the scholarship portal, or you may search for it by name.

The application deadline is April 30, 2020. Technical problems with the portal can be directed to let-sci@uwm.edu.

A BIOGRAPHY OF THE HEALY FAMILY

UWM has been a meaningful place for the Healy family for over fifty years. David and Ann Healy taught UWM students for more than thirty years. Professor David Healy joined UWM’s Department of History in 1966 and taught courses on the history of American foreign relations until retiring in 1993; he continued to teach part-time until 1998. Ann Healy taught English Composition for the Academic Opportunity Center (AOC), a campus-wide unit providing support for students with the potential for academic success and empowering them to succeed in college. Ann Healy was also a lecturer, teaching courses in modern European history and the history of Soviet women for the History department until she retired in 1996.

Two of their three children have UWM connections. Ellen Healy received a Master’s in History from UWM. She later completed a Ph.D. in History (UCLA) and a Master’s in Social Work in 2002 (Denver University). Matthew Healy took spring classes in Biology at UWM in 1985, while preparing to enter graduate studies in Zoology at Duke University (Ph.D., 1994). One such class was taught by the late Newtol Press, whose way of thinking about Biology had a permanent influence on how Matthew has approached Biological research. Matthew tutored undergraduate students in math and science in the basement of Mitchell Hall. He remembers that there were actually days when four Healys worked with students in the same building! Although he has no formal ties to UWM, Ann and David’s son, Jonathan, supports his family’s efforts on behalf of UWM students.

Both David and Ann Healy have felt a strong commitment to UWM’s access mission and its outreach to first-generation college students, many of whom juggle multiple jobs and family obligations with limited financial resources. For this reason, Ann and David Healy created two scholarships in memory of their mothers. The Hazel Erickson Scholarship, named for Ann’s mother, assists a sophomore minority student with clear financial need. In a recent interview, Ann recalled, “I was so proud of the work the AOC did…giving an opportunity to students who might not otherwise have a chance for a college education.” Her mother, Hazel (“Haze”), worked for a number of years at the American Appraisal Company in Milwaukee, rising to have thirty people report to her. She lived to be 103! David also loved teaching UWM students and admired their determination to graduate. He felt that “anything that can be done to help students is vital.” The Florence L. Healy Scholarship in Women’s & Gender Studies honors David’s mother, Florence (Moll), who encouraged her son’s pursuit of learning. Unfortunately, she passed away before she could see her influence result in David becoming a professor. Matthew and Kim Coleman Healy contribute to this scholarship in support of deserving students with a commitment to women’s and gender issues.

The Healy family has suffered some tragic losses. After several years in academia, Ellen Healy went back to school for her MSW and found her calling working with mentally ill clients. She herself had bipolar disorder but never let it define her. Ellen died in a car accident in 2007. In April 2019, David Healy passed away at the age of 92. He skied and hiked into his mid-80s and volunteered at the Fort Collins Public Library (Colorado), delivering books to those who were homebound.

This remarkable family has a long history of commitment to UWM’s students. The Florence Healy Scholarship, which began in 1998, has provided financial assistance to many promising undergraduate and graduate students. WGS is deeply grateful to the Healy family for their generosity and willingness to help deserving students achieve their educational and career goals.

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Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award

Each spring, Women’s & Gender Studies opens the application process for the Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award. Qualified applicants will have demonstrated involvement in student activism (on or off-campus) and leadership within the areas of women’s issues, gender and sexual equality, and social or racial justice and will be enrolled in a Women’s and Gender Studies program (major, minor, master’s or graduate certficiate).

Students who wish to be considered must have a completed profile on file in the UWM Scholarship Portal. Your profile is a one-time set up that will match you with all available scholarships and awards. So it is important that you complete the profile both to be considered for this opportunity as well as all future scholarships. Access the portal at: https://uwm.academicworks.com/.

In addition, students must have a completed College of Letters & Science profile on file in the UWM Scholarship Portal. This profile consists of just one item – a copy of your most recent UWM transcript.

In addition to both of these standard profiles, students who wish to be considered for this award must complete a description about their involvement in activism. You will find the link to the Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award on your dashboard of the scholarship portal, or you may search for it by name.

Technical problems with the portal can be directed to let-sci@uwm.edu.

Congratulations to the winners for 2020:

First Place, Undergraduate Student
Tori Freund

Undergraduate Honorable Mention
Blia Vue

First Place, Graduate Student
Charmaine Lang

Graduate Honorable Mention
Molly Bell