In memory of Hannah Frilot, this annual scholarship supports an undergraduate student and is established to encourage young women to follow in Hannah’s footsteps and pursue their interests in an underrepresented major. Examples of underrepresented major fields include engineering, science, and mathematics. The University of Massachusetts Amherst will administer the endowment and will select one scholar annually to receive the scholarship grant beginning fall of 2015.
Hannah Frilot worked hard as an industrial engineering student (one of only a few women in the class of 2015). Hannah loved music – playing and singing at many open mic sessions in the Amherst area. She also worked on campus for UMass Amherst IT and participated in several campus organizations. In addition to her engineering and IT work, Hannah was optimistic and enthusiastic, making friends easily, advocating for women, and supporting the Stonewall center for LGBTQIA students as treasurer of UMass Amherst Pride Alliance. In all walks of life, she worked to spread awareness of the various and intersecting forms of prejudice, discrimination, and privilege while promoting equality. With her many interests and involvement on and off campus in mind, preference will be given to women active in their community and studying in an underrepresented field.
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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.
To read about our fall 2015 recipient, Olivia Gilligan Corsetti, see the press release posted by Daniel J. Fitzgibbons on Wednesday, August, 12, 2015.
The Hannah Frilot Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who exemplifies Hannah Frilot.
- Undergraduate student with at least one more semester before degree completion, in addition to the current term.
- Enrolled in a major in which their gender is underrepresented.
- GPA over 2.0.
- Involvement 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. February 20, 2017 for award in Fall 2017. 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)
Letter of recommendation can be submitted directly to FrilotFund@umass.edu.