Women Center's 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.
Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award
Sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women.
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.
Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Award
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 Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE).