Scholarships and Awards

Gender and Sexuality Talent Award for Incoming Student

Pacific University offers awards for entering students choosing to minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Annual awards of $2,500 are available for up to four years, as long as students pursue a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies and are actively involved in the program. Successful candidates must enroll at Pacific as full-time undergraduate students in the academic year following their admission. An application and interview is required. Application deadline is March 1 prior to the start of the academic year.

Coral Scholarship

The Coral Scholarship assists a prospective or current undergraduate student in the Pacific University College of Arts & Sciences who demonstrates financial need, attained a high school grade point average of at least 3.0, or maintains a university grade point average of at least 2.5, and identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer. Apply

American Association of University Women's Hillsboro/Forest Grove Branch Recognition Award

This organization has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. Their mission is "advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research".

Guidelines for this award:

  • A nomination by a faculty member or student is required.
    • The nomination letter is to include the following:
      • Name of the nominated student
        • Nominated student's address, phone number, and e-mail address
      • Program of study, degree being earned
      • A summery of why this nominated student is deserving of this recognition
        • This should include how the nominee has exemplified empowerment of women, particularly by leadership roles, promotion of education for women, public policy advocacy and/or research about women.
        • Should include examples, if appropriate
        • This should also include mention of any challenges/barriers that needed to be overcome for the student to be successful in college.
  • A letter of support from at least one faculty member (if self-nominating).

The length of the nomination (not including the support letter in case of self-nominating) is to be no more than 800 words.

Nominations must be submitted to Leslie Devaud at no later than April 30, 2019

Recipients will receive  certificate of recognition and a year-long national AAUW membership

Annual Award for Senior Capstone Presentation

Application for Consideration

The Center for Gender Equity is offering a Senior Capstone Award of $200.00 for the Senior Capstone project that best addresses issues related to gender and sexuality.

Who is eligible: The CGE Senior Capstone Award is given to one student whose senior capstone project addresses issues related to gender and/or sexuality in a substantive way. Examples of qualifying projects or artistic presentations include work that:

  • explores the ways gender is interrelated with other social hierarchies such as race, ethnicity, class and sexuality
  • furthers the understanding of the impact of gender and/or sexualities on identity
  • increases awareness of the impact of gender and/or sexualities in society
  • explores gender inequality and sexuality-based oppression
  • analyzes how gender and/or sexuality are socially constructed through feminist theories, methodologies and paradigms
  • explores cultural, historical, or social issues specifically through the lens of gender and sexuality studies.

How to apply:
Complete the award application (below) and submit it to the CGE Senior Capstone Award Committee c/o Martha Rampton ( no later than April 19, 2019.  The Committee consists of CGE board and staff members and GSS faculty members and current GSS minors.

Ask your capstone advisor to write an endorsement email to the Committee c/o Martha Rampton. In this email, your advisor should endorse your project’s contribution to the advancement of gender and sexuality studies keeping the above criteria in mind. 

The Committee will vet these initial applications/endorsements, a member of the Committee will attend the capstone presentation of those whose projects are selected, and finalists will be identified.  The finalists will be asked to make their final products (paper or artistic work) available to the committee, and one project will be selected.  The award-winning capstone will be announced at the Senior Awards ceremony in May.

Download the application here.