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WGSS Undergraduate Awards and Scholarships

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Karen Lederer

This award was established in honor of Karen Lederer who graduated with a WGSS (then Women’s Studies) certificate/minor in 1981, and worked as an undergraduate advisor in the department from 1986-2020.

This award is for a current WGSS undergraduate major or minor  who is inspired by their studies in WGSS to do projects in the real world.  You must be a declared major or minor to apply.  

This award provides some funding for current WGSS undergraduate students to undertake a specific project related to their feminist studies or activism. Examples of eligible projects include: attending a scholarly or activist conference, either in or out of state; bringing a scholarly or activist speaker to campus; staging a performance (i.e. defray venue and equipment costs); participating in an unpaid internship with a social justice organization; or a project for a class that requires more resources. Applicants should provide details regarding the project proposed for funding, including when it would take place. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need.

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Click to give!  Dr. Alex Deschamps Student Award

Dr. Alex Deschamps

This award is established in honor of Dr. Alex Deschamps, a vital and vibrant faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community. She joined the faculty of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies in 1995, before moving to the Commonwealth Honors College as a full-time Associate Dean in the fall of 2018. 

This award is for current UMass students doing work preferably but not exclusively on black feminisms or women of color feminisms. The work could be related to current or planned coursework, internships, jobs, or activist projects.  

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The Ann Ferguson Scholarship Award through the Community Foundation is for students living in Hampshire, Franklin or Hampden County.  The award is for undergraduates who have declared as a major or minor and graduate students accepted into the Certificate in Feminist Studies in WGSS at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.