Women's Center Awards and Scholarships

The University of Louisville Women's Center has several awards to acknowledge those advancing gender equity on campus and in the community and scholarships to financially help students attend college and ultimately graduate.

Women's Center Scholarships

Dr. Ann T. Allen Scholarship 

The Dr. Ann T. Allen Scholarship is for current University of Louisville undergraduate students and the annual amount to be awarded is approximately $1,000 to students who meet the following criteria. ($500 per semester)

 Deadline: March 3rd, 2023 by 5pm.


QUESTIONS? Email Phyllis M. Webb, phyllis.webb@louisville.edu

Women's Club of the University of Louisville Scholarship 

This Women’s Club of the University of Louisville Scholarship for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 is in the amount of $24,000 and is for undergraduate students. This will allow (4) $6,000 scholarships to be awarded in Fall 2023/Spring 2024. The amount will be distributed equally between four recipients and awarded $3,000 per semester, per student.

Deadline: March 3rd, 2023 by 5pm.


QUESTIONS? Email Phyllis M. Webb, phyllis.webb@louisville.edu

Women's Center Awards

Women's Empowerment Award

The Women’s Empowerment Award is given to an individual, community member or business who through their professional work, personal passion or sponsorship empower women supporting the mission of the UofL Women’s Center.

Past Women's Empowerment Award Recipients

Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award

Nominations are invited for the Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award which will be presented to a member of the UofL community--broadly defined to include all of those, past and present, who have some affiliation with the University of Louisville -- whose work has directly furthered gender equity. The prestigious award will be announced by the UofL Women’s Center and the UofL Commission on the Status of Women, at the Women’s Center virtual Empowerment Program March 21, 2023.

Nominations are welcome from any person familiar with the nominee’s achievements.  

To nominate someone, please submit: 

  1. The nomination form: https://forms.office.com/r/SSZWgyp6hf
  2. A brief letter explaining the nominee’s connection to the University of Louisville and work on behalf of gender equity.  Letters of nomination will normally be 500-1000 words in length. 

The Women’s Center expects that the recipient will be available to be recognized for their award during the Empowerment Program on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.  Nominations and additional questions may be addressed to: Committee Chair, Emily Spoden, Emily.spoden@louisville.edu, Commission on the Status of Women. 

Nomination Deadline is Friday, February 17th, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women.

Past Tachau Award Recipients


Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Award - Graduate Students

This award is given to UofL graduate students for travel or other professional development needs apart from tuition or books.  It is named in honor of M. Celeste Nichols--student, scholar, mentor, and professor. She was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from UofL’s English Department.  Dr. Nichols taught African- American literature and basic writing at UofL, Kentucky State University and at Bellarmine University before her death in 1996 at age 45.  Winners are chosen according to how well their intended use of the award supports the mission of the Women’s Center and Dr. Nichols’ legacy.  This award is given with generous support from the Women's Center, George J. Howe Student Leadership Fund & the University of Louisville English Department.

An electronic submission is also required and must be sent to Phyllis Webb  prior to the deadline. No essays accepted after the extended deadline date of Monday November 11th by 5pm. 

Requirements for Celeste Nichol's Award (WORD)

Application for Celeste Nichol’s Award (WORD)

Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Essay Contest 

The University of Louisville Women’s Center announces the second annual Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Essay Contest for the 2019 fall semester. The purpose of this contest was to raise awareness of the historical sociological attitudes toward women of the 20th Century and their impact on individuals and society as a whole. The essay should draw upon the experiences of Dr. Tachau and relate those experiences to other individuals and situations (which can include the writer’s own growth or achievements).  

Dr. Tachau’s papers are housed in the Women's History Collection at the University Archives as part of the Women’s Manuscripts Collection Project. Additional articles about Dr. Tachau are available at the Women Center in the Administrative Annex.

Past Essay Contest Award Winners