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O. Ruth McQuown Graduate Scholarship Award

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).

For undergraduate students, awards of varying amounts will be available. In recent years, awards have ranged from $500 to $3,000.


All materials are due by February 23 of each year.


Please submit complete applications electronically to Arlene Williams by the deadline. Only emailed submissions will be accepted. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately by email directly to Arlene Williams. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.

Successful applicants must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement in one or more of the qualifying disciplines. Among other qualifications, reviewers will favorably consider, regardless of an applicant’s own race or gender:

  • an applicant’s commitment to break down barriers, create a welcoming environment, and include individuals who are racial minorities or women (or otherwise reflect broad diversity) in academic, co-curricular, and/or research endeavors;
  • an applicant’s success in overcoming barriers—or helping others to overcome barriers (including low socio-economic background)—to academic achievement; and
  • an applicant’s commitment to contribute to the student’s university, local or larger community.

We will holistically and individually assess applicants under all criteria to select those students who best qualify.

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Cynthia W. Colangelo Award for Breast Cancer Awareness

This award supports students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are actively involved in the fight against breast cancer through community service and activities.

Award amounts will vary from $250 to $1000 per recipient, depending on the number of selected recipients. Recipient(s) will be selected each Spring semester on the basis of a personal essay.


All materials are due by February 22 of each year.


  • Application
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Essay detailing their breast cancer awareness activities and thoughts (500 words or fewer)

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