In memory of Hannah Frilot, this annual scholarship supports an undergraduate student, encouraging them to follow in Hannah’s footsteps and pursue their interests in a STEM major. The University of Massachusetts Amherst will administer the endowment and will select a scholar annually to receive this scholarship grant of $1,000.
Hannah Frilot was a hard-working, passionate student and active member of her community. Her impact stretched across campus, from her time at UMass Amherst IT as a student worker to her role as treasurer for the UMass Amherst Pride Alliance; work that was done all while pursuing a degree in industrial engineering (and as one of only a few women in the class of 2015 to do so).
Hannah was a fierce advocate for her fellow women and LGBTQIA students, taking part in the Pride Alliance and supporting the Stonewall Center on campus. In all walks of life, she worked to spread awareness of the various and intersecting forms of prejudice, discrimination, and privilege while promoting equality.
Her optimism and enthusiasm was infectious as she made friends easily and quickly became an integral member of her IT crew. She also loved music, playing and singing at many open mic sessions in the Amherst area.
With her many interests and involvement on- and off-campus in mind, preference will be given to women and gender non-binary students active in their community and studying in a STEM field.
The Hannah Frilot Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who exemplifies Hannah Frilot in the following ways:
- Must be an undergraduate student (with at least one more semester before degree completion, in addition to the current term).
- Maintain GPA over 2.0
- Be involved in extracurricular activities (e.g., Registered Student Organizations, community outreach).
Preferred: Female or gender non-binary student.
To apply for the scholarship, complete the online application and obtain a letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with your involvement in extracurricular activities. Applications and letters of recommendations must be received by 11:59 p.m., May 29, 2021. As part of the application process, you will be asked for:
- Your gender identity
- Extracurricular activities
- A personal statement describing why you qualify for the scholarship
- Letter of recommendation
- Financial need statement (optional)
Scholarship recipients will be announced on the week of Monday, July 13, 2021.
Letter of recommendation can be submitted directly to FrilotFund@umass.edu.
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For more information about Hannah Frilot, see the UMass Amherst Daily Collegian article posted by Marie MacCune on Thursday, September 11, 2014.