Women for UMass (WFUM) Grant Awardees

WFUM award recipients

WFUM is proud to have funded 60 projects, totaling over $280,000 during the past 9 years.

GWIS Speaker Series

The UMass Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS) plan to host a three-part speaker series to educate GWIS members and the UMass community on the topics of social justice and anti-racism with a specific focus on women of color in STEM fields. The goal of this speaker series is to provide GWIS members and the UMass community at large with the tools to be effective and proactive allies in the social justice movement.

Maximizing Alumni Networks for Micro-mentoring PhD Women in STEM During a Global Pandemic: The Covid Effect

Women are underrepresented in STEM and need support during their academic journey to help them persist and thrive. The goal of this project is to connect women in PhD STEM programs with alumni women in STEM through micro-mentoring on a digital platform. This micro-mentorship will support participants’ sense of belonging, self-confidence, and progress toward short-term academic and professional goals in the midst of a global pandemic. WFUM funds will be used for creation of a digital platform, advertising and branding, kickoff and closing social events, and funding for the research.

Smart Woman Securities UMass

The UMass chapter of Smart Woman Securities aims to educate and empower undergraduate women on the financial industry through both technical and soft skill lessons and trips to financial service organizations and conferences. Funding will be for a group trip to the Networking Conference in the fall as well as the lodging and travel expenses for the Boston and New York networking trips in the fall and spring.

UMass Student Cancer Survivors

The UMass Student Cancer Survivors aim to support those affected by cancer through raising funds and awareness for local and national organizations. This project will allow a deeper form of support within UMass and make a difference by physically bringing cancer survivors together. WFUM funds will be used to fund materials needed for bonding activities for these students.

Women and BIPOC Communities in Local, State, and International Affairs

In conjunction with the Women of Color Leadership Network, UMass School of Public Policy and UMass Women into Leadership, Women and BIPOC Communities in Local, State, and International Affairs aims to inspire college-aged women and BIPOC to consider public service as a career and to learn about the many career paths available to them in public policy and public service. Funds will be used to for two field trips, one to Boston and one to New York City, where women and BIPOC can interact with people in those fields and eventually envision themselves in positions of political importance.

Women in Sports

The Muslim Students Association plans to host a speaker who will inspire women to pursue their dreams despite the obstacles they may face. This project will empower women, especially those interested in sports, to achieve their dreams regardless of the gender norms common in our society. Most women experience some level of intersectionality and this speaker will help shed a light on ways to embrace it.


WFUM grant applications are now available twice a year.  View the next grant cycle dates.


Past Award Recipients