Gender and Women's Studies

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Scholarships

Every year the Department of Gender and Women's Studies awards three scholarships to outstanding junior or senior students. Seniors must be enrolled full-time in the fall and preferably spring of the following year. If you are passionate about ending unequal gender relations and gender studies, below are three great scholarships offered for lowering the cost of your GWS education.

Shannon L. Hamm Memorial Gender & Women’s Studies Scholarship 

Deadline: TBA

This award was established by Dr. Amir Hussein in memory of his wife Shannon L. Hamm who believed strongly in furthering and supporting a feminist education.

Application Requirements

The applicant must be:

  1. A Gender and Women’s Studies Major
  2. A senior or, preferably, a junior during the current academic year Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  3. Students submit a 500-700-word essay to the GWS Department Office on how majoring in Gender and Women's Studies has impacted your worldview and your life.

The scholarship amount changes annually. 

Download the application below:

FileShannon Hamm Memorial Award application form 2022 (.docx)

Nayereh &  Mahnaz Tohidi Scholarship Endowment

Deadline: TBA

The Nayereh & Mahnaz Tohidi Scholarship Endowment was established by GWS Professor Emeritus Nayereh Tohidi and her spouse, Kazem Alamdari, retired Professor of Sociology, both tireless defenders of human and women’s rights. The endowment is in honor of Dr. Mahnaz Tohidi, a dedicated physician whose life was cut short due to the repressive situation in her home country, Iran. The amount awarded for this scholarship is $1000. Students interested in the Nayereh &  Mahnaz Tohidi Scholarship must submit a completed application form and an essay or video on a designated topic. The essay or video topic will reflect and be relevant to the human/women’s rights and general societal climate and prevailing issues in gender and women’s studies. 

Application Requirements 

The applicant must be: 

  1. Any CSUN student in the college of Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences who has a gender perspective and is majoring or minoring in the fields of studies that stress gender and sexuality dimensions 
  2. A senior or a junior during the current academic year 
  3. Minimum 3.0 GPA
  4. Content and Length of Essay: Students submit a 600-800 word essay, to the GWS Department Office on the designated topic of that year as announced on the GWS website.  

This year’s designated topic is:   

Many Americans still do not know about the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” endorsed by all member states of the United Nations. What is this global convention and why is it important for us to be aware and vigilant about the protection of our human rights?  

Download the application below:

FileNayereh &  Mahnaz Tohidi Scholarship application (.docx)

The Elizabeth Berry Gender & Women’s Studies Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

This award was established by Professor Elizabeth Berry, a co-founder of the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and long-time supporter of women’s causes. The scholarship is $1,000 per student per year. Students submit an essay or video discussing their commitment to the study of gender and women’s studies.  The essay must be 500-700 words and typed double-spaced or a three- minutes video. 

Application Requirements

The applicant must be:

  1. Be a major or minor in GWS 
  2. Have a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.75
  3. Preferably a student parent 

Download the application below:

FileThe Elizabeth Berry GWS Scholarship application (.docx)