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Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships, & Awards

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Experiential Learning Adventure Funding

Global Women's Studies students are encouraged to participate in an approved, substantive experience that augments their BYU education. The GWS program has some funds to support Experiential Learning projects that students propose. Our priority is to support experiential learning related to Global Women’s Studies for our minors and students by helping to offset travel expenses and supply costs. We will prioritize funding for:

  1. GWS-related internships & student-led mentored (capstone-style) research projects
  2. GWS-sponsored study abroad programs (i.e.- Human Rights/Women's Rights)
  3. GWS minors’ Study Abroad programs related to women
  4. Non-GWS minors going on a study abroad where students link their experience to women’s topics

Proposals that succinctly make a strong case for their connection to GWS and that provide a detailed travel and supply budget will more likely receive support.

Our 2021 funding application is available at this link.


Susa Young Gates Award

For the Best Student essay in Women's Studies. The winner will be awarded $200. Send essay to globalwomensstudies@byu.edu with "Susa Young Gates" in the subject line. Click here to see a flyer with more information.
Deadline: Last day of classes each Winter Semester by 11:59 pm.

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Scholarships/Fellowships

The Women’s Studies program accepts and reviews applications for the Ella Carpenter Jensen fellowship (awarded to female graduate students in Family, Home, and Social Sciences) and the Beverley Nalder Scholarship (for Global Women's Studies students who are parents and struggling financially.)
These awards are made during the winter semester for the following academic year. Continuing students are strongly encouraged to consult with the writing assistants at the FHSS Writing Lab (801)-422-4454, https://fhsswriting.byu.edu/Pages/Home.aspx), or their faculty advisor as they draft their application materials.

  • The Ella Carpenter Jensen Fellowship

Clarence Jensen established this scholarship in memory of his wife Ella Carpenter Jensen to support the graduate work of women studying in the Family, Home, and Social Sciences college. "In 1986, LDS women were not pursuing education in the way they currently do." Grateful for what Ella had done for him, Clarence wanted to help support LDS women’s investment in education, especially beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Ella Carpenter Jensen was born in 1905 in the small southern Utah town of Glendale. She was the youngest daughter in a family of four. She became a teacher and during the difficult years of the Great Depression taught first in the small Utah town of Oasis and then taught elementary school in Kaysville. In 1938 she married Clarence Jensen, a machinist from Michigan who had come to Salt Lake working for the Civilian Conservation Core, a jobs program initiated to put men back to work. She taught Clarence how to read and introduced him to the gospel. They married and were eventually sealed in the temple. Ella and Clarence established a home in Salt Lake City. They had no children of their own, but helped to raise and support nieces and nephews. Clarence worked as a machinist, Ella was a teacher. Every week Clarence brought his paycheck home and Ella put a small portion into savings bonds. Her money management, his work ethic (he continued to work well past his 80th birthday), and their modest lifestyle enabled them to put away a sizable sum of money by the time Ella passed away in 1986. In honor of Ella, Clarence established the Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship to support the graduate work of women studying in the Family, Home, and Social Sciences college. In 1986, LDS women were not pursuing education in the way they currently do. Grateful for what Ella had done for him, Clarence wanted to help support LDS women¹s investment in education, especially beyond the bachelor's degree. Ella and Clarence Jensen were survived by many grateful grand nieces and nephews who benefited from their support.

Click here for the application.
DEADLINE: MARCH 31 at 11:59 pm

  • The Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Beverley Nalder originally established this scholarship in order to assist undergraduate, single mothers who are majoring in social science, which was her field of study. It has been altered in recent years, per Nalder's request to expand to Global Women's Studies students who are parents and struggling financially.
Click here for the application.
DEADLINE: MARCH 31 at 11:59 pm

For more information about Beverley Nalder visit here.

  • The Brandie R. Siegfried Scholarship

Dr. Siegfried grew up in financially disadvantaged circumstances and went on to earn four university degrees. She brought the Pirate Queen Gráinne Ní Mháille, the Poet Scientist Margaret Cavendish, and the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I to life in her books, articles, classes, and lectures. The BYU Global Women's Studies Program is thrilled to announce the Brandie R. Siegfried Global Women's Studies Scholarship, founded in April 2021 in memory of this beloved friend, teacher, and mentor. This endowed scholarship will honor Dr. Siegfried's resilience, research on women writers, and work on behalf of women's causes by supporting a student whose academic work focuses in some significant way on women. This is a one-time award. Students may apply to be considered each year.

  • Applications due April 18, 2022.
    • Eligibility:
      • All undergraduate students who will be enrolled full-time at BYU during the coming academic year is eligible to apply for this scholarship.
      • Preference will be given to Global Women's Studies minors and students with financial need.
    • To apply:
      • Ensure you have a FAFSA on file with BYU.
      • Provide a 300-word essay on your current or planned academic work on women
      • Provide a 200-word essay describing a challenge you have faces, your current financial need, and listing other scholarships you have received and how you are currently funding your education
      • Provide a reference with their contact information
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We encourage you to look across campus and beyond for other reputable entities and departments which may have awards relating to women and gender.

Past Award Recipients
2017
2016
2015
2014
2012
2011

Susa Young Gates Award

Kristin Perkins, First Place"'If It's Not Right, You Have to Put it Right': The Play and Work of Children in Matilda the Musical"

Emma Chapman, Honorable Mention"'Due to me': Women and the Economy of Seventeenth-Century New England in the Account Book of Elizabeth Gibbs Corwin"

Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Daniela Mason

Reina Dorff

Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship

Hannah Page Bell, "The Role of the Mu-opioid Receptor Gene on Mother-Infant Relationships in Rhesus Macaques"

Lauren Cook, "'I think I can. I think I can': Predictors of Perseverance"

Helena Haueter, "An Examination of Risk Factors Among Utah Suicide Decedents"

Madison Memmott-Elison, "Prosocial Protection: Bidirectional Linkages Between Prosocial Behavior, Aggression, and Delinquency"

Dorothy Simister," Social Work"

Daye Son, "Predictors and Outcomes of Child Disclosure to Parents During Emerging Adulthood"

Elizabeth Wood, "Sensitivity to Ketamine Predicts High Alcohol Intake: A Nonhuman Primate Model"

Marcia Ventura, "A Menstrual-Cycle Phase Effect on Loss Aversion: An Initial Investigation Using Concurrent-Operants Method with Gains and Losses of Money"

Susa Young Gates Award

Sylvia Cutler, First Place"Redefining Representations of Black Female Subjectivity through the Erotic"

Rebecca Johnson, Honorable Mention"I am Real Happy Here: Contentment Amid Containment"

Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Haley Bell

Daniela Mason

Sianee Rae

Bobbi Ulvestad

Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship

Alyssa Alexander

Christine Black

Emilie Davis

Madison Memmott-Elison

Elizabeth Passey

Beverley Nalder Scholarship

Daniela Mason, Family Life

Connie Burt, Industrial Psychology

Annie Edwards, Masters of Social Work

Ella Carpenter Jensen Scholarship

Hiu Wai Caldwell, “Relaxation HRV Techniques on Marital Satisfaction”

Brooke Elise Jones, “Gender Threat and Male Dominance: A Perfect Storm for Workplace Aggression”

Li Ping Su, “Learning English in the Hills of Vietnam: Understanding the Implications of Informal Education Models for Evolving Gender Dynamics and Education in Hmong Society”

Veronica Tait, “Age Differences in the Sunk-Cost Fallacy and Loss Version”

Jamie Easler, “The Value of Respite Care for Parents of Children with Autism Compared to Parents of Children with Down Syndrome”

Krista Keddington, Systematic review, and meta-analysis of currently developed mental health smartphone applications

Erin Rackham, “The Physiological Responses that Drive Change in Therapy”

Troy Marie Young, “Focus Groups on Values of Marriage in Taiwan”

Madison Memmott, “I’ll be there for You: How Social Provisions Influence an Individual’s Prosocial Behavior”

Susa Young Gates Award

Arica Roberts - "Una Guerra Contra La Mujer: Chicana Feminism and Vietnam War Protest"

Arica Roberts is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. She graduated with the Women's Studies minor, as well as a minor in Philosophy. Her studies focused on women and gender history, Latin American history, intersectionalism, and religion. She hopes to continue to study History in graduate school and one day teach and continue research and writing in these fields. She is from Los Angeles, California and draws her inspiration from nature. She loves the beach, mountains, riding horses, and hula hooping under the moonlight.

Jensen Scholarships

Can Cheng - "Parental Involvement and Child Achievement in School: Comparison of the Effects of White-Asian, White-White and Asian-Asian Parent Families"

Yoko H.W. Tsui - "The effect of HRV biofeedback on marital satisfaction"

Christina Riley - "Who is Helpful?: Examining the Relationship between Personality Factors and Supportive Responses and Attitudes toward Domestic Violence Victims"

Ashley Larsen - “Pathways Linking Maternal Education and Child Survival in 30 Countries: A Contextual Argument”

Kersti Spjut - “The Impact of Culture on Marital Satisfaction"

Erin Rackham - "Parents’ Conflict-Resolution Style and Relationship Self-Regulation: A study of family-of-origin influences on ability to use RSR"

Brooke Jones - "Same-sex sexual harassment of men: The process motivating rejection-based harassment"

Connie Madson Ericksen - "Burial Plots: Theatrics of Pre-contact and Colonial Mortuary Performance in Eten, Peru"

Nalder Scholarship

Anne Edwards- School of Family life

Jensen Scholarships

Kathryn Cullen Burner—“Schizophrenia and Cognitive Adaptation Training”

Tracy Brown—“Menopause, Oxytocin, and Cardiovascular Risk”

Natalie Johnson—“Motivations as Mediators of Relations between Parenting and Adolescent Behaviors”

Jessica Palilla—“Autism Spectrum Disorders and Maternal Well- Being"

Annie Samhouri—“A Case Study of the Dar Al-Wefaq Battered Women’s Shelter in Amman, Jordan"

Andrea Sorenson—“Alcoholism Susceptibility: An Internship at the California National Primate Research Center”

Nalder Scholarship

Anne Edwards

Jensen Scholarships

Michele Elizabeth Bendall
Sociology

Stephanie S. Luster
MFHD

Whitney Maxwell
Psychology

Sunnie Giles
MFT

Leila J. Nielsen
Sociology

Ashley Michelle Fraser
MFHD

Holly Coutts
MFHD