Women's Center Awards
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.
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.
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 is 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.
The winners will be invited to attend the Women’s Center Empowerment Luncheon on November 12, 2019 to receive recognition. Award amount is $500 for the undergraduate essay and $500 for the graduate essay. The award funding will be distributed via the Financial Aid Office. All undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled at U of L are eligible to apply. Awards are made possible through a grant in the honor of the Women’s Center.
An electronic submission is also required and must be sent to Phyllis Webb prior to the deadline. No essays accepted after the deadline date of Monday, October 15 by 5pm. UofL students can only apply.
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).
The winners will be invited to attend the Women’s Center Empowerment Luncheon on November 12, 2019 to receive recognition.
U of L Graduate students are invited to apply for an award - up to $500 – that will support academic and professional enrichment beyond normal graduate program expenses. The award will be given in November at the U of L Women’s Center Empowerment Luncheon. Examples of activities eligible for funding include:
- Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for an academic conference at which the recipient will present a paper or attend as a participant
- Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for attendance at a leadership institute
- Expenses related to creating or staging a significant work in the visual or performing arts as part of the student’s professional education
- Costs associated with submitting an article or articles for publication
- (Note: Membership dues to any organizations will not be accepted)
An electronic submission is also required and must be sent to Phyllis Webb prior to the deadline. No essays accepted after the deadline date of Wednesday, October 10 by 5pm.