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 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. This award is given to a member of the U of L community who has done significant work towards gender equity.  It is named in honor of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, constitutional scholar, the first woman to serve as chair of the U of L history department, and the first woman chair of the faculty senate.  Dr. Tachau was active in pay equity struggles at the university and in many other issues both on campus and in the civic community.  Her papers are part of the Women’s Manuscripts Collection in the U of L university libraries. 

Sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women.

Past Tachau Award Recipients

Tachau Award Nomination Form (WORD)

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

Women's Center Scholarships

Ann T. Allen Scholarship 

The Ann T. Allen Scholarship is for current University of Louisville undergraduate students and the award amount is approximately $1,000 ($500 per semester).  One scholarship will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria.

 Deadline: Friday April 22, 2022 by 5pm.

Scholarship Criteria (PDF)

Scholarship Application (WORD)

Women's Club of the University of Louisville Scholarship 

The Women’s Club of the University of Louisville (General) Scholarship is in the amount of $18,000. This will be three (3) awards at $6,000 each at ($3k/semester).  Completed applications for the Fall 2022 semester must be sent no later than Friday, April 22, 2022.  Mail application with supporting documents to:  Phyllis M. Webb, Program Coordinator, U of L Women’s Center, 196A Cultural & Equity Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 or email Phyllis M. Webb phyllis.webb@louisville.edu by the specified date.

Scholarship Criteria (PDF)

Scholarship Application (WORD)