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

Women’s & Gender Studies Scholarship

Amount: One (1) $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually.



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


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.
Amount: Scholarships will be awarded each year and have been as much as $3,000.

Guidelines and Application

  • Open to full-time undergraduate students who have achieved sophomore, junior, or senior status, or graduate students whose research interests focus on women’s/gender/feminist issues.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated financial need. As part of the application, applicants must submit either a copy of the previous year’s tax return or send a request to the Department of Financial Aid to release their (i.e., the applicant’s) financial information to Women’s & Gender Studies (a form for this option is included with the application). All information will be kept confidential.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA. A copy of school transcripts is required. For UWM students, unofficial transcripts are acceptable and available free of charge in Mellencamp Hall, Room 274. Newly admitted students should submit appropriate documentation of prior education.
  • List two references who can speak to your academic performance and/or educational and career goals, at least one of whom must be a faculty member (unless you are a re-entering student and have not been enrolled for more than five years). Letters should be sent directly to Women’s & Gender Studies at the address listed below.
  • Applicants must submit a typed personal statement of no more than 250 words. Your statement should describe your educational and career goals, and should explain how a Women’s & Gender Studies Scholarship would address the financial obligations associated with meeting those goals.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form. Applications are available in the WGS main office, Curtin Hall 535.
Preference will be given to:

Students who have completed at least one Women’s and Gender Studies course (WMNS or WGS).

Application Deadline:

Applications for 2019 are no longer being accepted. Application deadline for 2020 will be announced in Fall 2019; contact Women’s & Gender Studies at (414)229-5918 or for further information.

Return Application to:

Women’s & Gender Studies Scholarship Committee
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Women’s & Gender Studies
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413