O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship

In memory of this friend and colleague (1920-1984), the O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Award has been established to aid scholars who best exemplify her values, achievements and commitment to social issues (including addressing issues and fostering opportunities for women, racial minorities and those of low socio-economic background).
These scholarships are made possible through the private donations of numerous friends of O. Ruth McQuown, the estate of O. Ruth McQuown and of her sister, Johanna Watts, and matching funds from the State of Florida.

Each awardee’s name will be inscribed on a plaque that will be displayed in Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research in Ustler Hall.

The McQuown awards will be made on a competitive basis to students in the fields of Humanities (e.g., Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Religion and Languages), Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology), Individual Interdisciplinary Studies (that include social sciences or humanities) and Women’s Studies.

For further information contact:

Arlene Williams
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
PO Box 117300
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 392-2230
Fax: (352) 392-3584
Email: arlenew@ufl.edu

About Dr. McQuown

To those who had the privilege of knowing Dr. O. Ruth McQuown, she is remembered as follows:

  • An outstanding student of Political Science both at the University of Kentucky from which she received her bachelor’s degree with honors in 1942 and at the University of Florida from which she received her doctorate in 1961.
  • An active professional colleague who taught convincingly, did research on urban politics administration, published, and often served as a consultant on government policies.
  • One of the first women to become a dean at the University of Florida.
  • A female faculty member who asked the question, “Why can’t women belong to Blue Key?” and then proceeded to work on the answer; in 1978 she was awarded the Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award.
  • An administrator with a rare combination of competence and humanity.
  • A human being with a marvelous infectious laugh.
  • A Gainesville resident whose involvement in all aspects of local government where equal opportunity and fairness were issues was recognized by the Gainesville City Commissioners proclaiming special recognition to Dr. O. Ruth McQuown on August 6, 1984.

Previous Winners

Graduate Awards

2018

  • Stephanie Dhuman
  • Eliana Pizarro
  • Kaitlyn Muchnok
  • Karino Vado
  • Min Li
  • Amanda Yeargin
  • Rolda Darlington
  • Joseph Radice

2017

  • Florencia Rossi
  • Molly Martell
  • Nicole Cox
  • Li-Li Chen
  • Matthew Simmons
  • Alexis Baldacci
  • Christina Ruiz-Poveda

2016

  • Mallory Syzymanski
  • Kara Fransisco
  • Johanna Mellis
  • Holly Beth Pratt
  • Julia Arroyo
  • Myrian Barboza

2015

  • Deborah Andrews
  • Damaris Mayans-Ramon
  • Amanda Edgell
  • Annie Neimand
  • Cristina Ramos Solis
  • Sarah Slocum
  • Jessica Taylor

2014

  • Sarah Hayes
  • Chesney McOmber
  • Andrea Ferreira
  • Kokila Mendis
  • Kelesha Nevers

2013

  • Erin Conlin
  • Lauren Gilbert
  • Yeonhaun Kang
  • Jessica Lancia
  • Ryan Morini
  • Katheryn Nutter

2012

  • Kristin Allukian
  • Lorna Bracewell
  • Tess Kulstad
  • Sarah Page-Chan
  • Joshua Sbicca

2011

  • Allison Fredette
  • Katalin Rac
  • Diana Reigelsperger
  • Rachel Rothstein
  • 2010
  • Gina Alvarado Merino
  • Paola Arboleda-Rios
  • Lisa Booth
  • Upohar Haroon
  • Hilary Jacqmin
  • Trisha Kannan
  • Nicolette Parr
  • Jessica Peet
  • Dawn Shedden
  • Monique Udell

2009

  • Olga Birioukova
  • Sarah Cervone
  • Louisa Chang
  • Camille Feanny
  • Magda Giurcanu
  • Heather Kaiser
  • Jennifer Snyder

2008

  • Lesley-Gail Atkinson
  • Georgia Bianchi
  • Emily Casey
  • Teri DeLucca
  • Michelle Troche

2007

  • Peggy MacDonald
  • Namita Manohar
  • Kathryn Oates
  • Jeffrianne Wilder

2006

  • Jaclyn Hall
  • Michel Meyer
  • Amanda Moras
  • Susan Orr
  • Allison Odachowski

2005

  • Becky Blanchard
  • Lin Cassidy
  • Fredline M’Cormack
  • Kenly Fenio
  • Lisa Hager

2004

  • Alisa Coffin
  • Cynthia Puranik
  • Anuradha Ramanujan

2003

  • Rabia Nafees
  • Eri Sugita
  • Guillermina Seri
  • Indira Rampersad
  • Lela Kerley
  • Sara Abraham
  • Rosa Soto
  • Julie Ann Sinn

2002

  • Qian Zhan
  • Shuala Martin
  • Yvonne Combs
  • Nadia Abdulhaq
  • Julia Albarracin
  • Heidi Lannon
  • Ellen Marie Maccarone

2001

  • Emilia Gioreva
  • Heather Walsh-Haney
  • Alayne Unterberger
  • Kristen Conway
  • Leslie Houts

2000

  • Giovanna Summerfield
  • Sarah Brusky
  • Raina Joines
  • Nivedita Majumdar
  • Theodora Dragostinova
  • Flordeliz Bugarin
  • Sara Crawley
  • Margit Grieb

1999

  • Laura Sullivan
  • Karin Arndt
  • Naima Brown-Smith
  • Marian Currinder
  • Liliana Dorado
  • Alayne Unterberger
  • Kathryn Weedman

1998

  • Linda Feldthausen
  • Christine Roth
  • Michele Roberts

1997

  • Jessica Baker
  • Theresa Schober
  • Noemi Porro
  • Erica Owens
  • Roos Willems
  • Maria Espinosa

1996

  • Kiran Asher
  • Holly Hanson
  • Donna Jacklosky

1995

  • Marie Marquardt
  • Marcia Good-Maust

1994

  • Catherine Bogosian
  • Carol Giarina Freeman
  • Marcia Good-Maust
  • Leslie Henson
  • Marnie Shanbhag
  • Sussanne Triesch

Undergraduate Awards

2018

  • Ashlynn Dobbs
  • Marissa Secades
  • Morgan Browning
  • Skylar McIlvanie
  • Tegan Gradd

2017

  • Anaiz Rodriguez
  • Rebecca Kravitz
  • Gabrielle Spence
  • Nadia Hossain
  • Alexandra Mackey
  • C’Andra Codner
  • Van Truong

2016

  • Selyne Singh
  • Tristan Worthington
  • Hali McKinley Lester
  • Farrukh Siddiqui
  • Elizabeth Pantaleon

2015

  • Kayla Malone
  • Zeel Patel

2014

  • Sandra Kuhn
  • Alefiya Kothawala
  • Sophia Alsop
  • Ann Manov
  • Andrea Konstantindis

2011

  • Chelsea Fitzgerald
  • Isabel Hasty
  • Rose Jacqueline Llanos

2010

  • Christina Garcia de los Rios
  • Shantel Powell
  • Nicole Scholet
  • Huiling Wolff-Koo

2009

  • Jasmine Betz
  • Regina Topolinskaya
  • Megan Wallis

2007

  • Lauren Garroway
  • Elizabeth Humberstone

2006

  • Brooke Rich
  • Vera Brown
  • Nora Kern
  • Rachel Murphy

2005

  • Emily Friend
  • Allison Kole
  • Kristie Soares
  • Jessica Weather

2004

  • Jennifer Flinn
  • Cerian Gibbs
  • Natalia Terreros

2003

  • Sarah Bartlett
  • Lindsey Evans
  • Frances Ingram

2002

  • Ronique Terese Bundrage
  • Nour Ibrahim Kawa
  • Brooke Schoeffler
  • Laia Mitchell
  • Kavita Rajasekhar

2001

  • Victoria de la Torre
  • Julie Maxwell
  • Christina Cady
  • Sophia Goode
  • Natalie Brugman

2000

  • Elisa Lucchi
  • Rhiannon Theurer
  • Lisa Collins
  • Ondina Brusso
  • Thy Nguyen

1999

  • Diana Alvear
  • Angela Dowdell
  • Thy Nguyen
  • Kimberly Trupiano
  • Laura Rosselli
  • Megan Thomas

1998

  • Teresa Baquero
  • Rodia Vance
  • Shannon Murphy
  • Wendy Beauchamp

1997

  • Danette Walker
  • Virginia Bracewell
  • Christina Lizarazu
  • Maria Ramos
  • Anna Skotko

1996

  • Alicia Ellis
  • Amanda Gideons
  • Cristina Jimenez
  • Deborah Ruffin

1995

  • Margaret Campbell
  • Alicia Ellis
  • Mary Kilpatrick

1994

  • Jeannine Arias
  • Evelyn Bethune
  • Eang Ly Ngov
  • Elizabeth Ribet
  • Shannon Waldron