SCHOLARSHIPS, HONORS AND AWARDS
Many scholarships, grants, and awards are available for OLLU students. Some scholarships, grants and awards are specifically designed with female students in mind. A special thank you to Associate Professor Steve Wise, Head of Reference and Instruction, Sueltenfuss Library, for assistance reviewing and organizing these key resources. Please note that the OLLU Financial Aid Office also provides important information on how to prepare for college, how to apply for loans, veterans’ benefits, education savings plans, tax benefits, and more. For more information on grants and scholarships, click here to visit the OLLU Financial Aid Office.
The Center for Women in Church and Society also works closely with university and community organizations to provide opportunities for female students. The following scholarships, grants, and honors may be of particular interest to female students.
AARP Women’s Scholarship Program
The AARP Foundation's Women's Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to women 40 and over seeking new job skills, training, and educational opportunities to support themselves and their families. The AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program is available to women with moderate to lower incomes and with limited financial resources seeking to attend an accredited school or technical program either part time or full time.
American Association of University Women Fellowships
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. Providing many scholarships for women studying Architecture, Computer/Information Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics/Statistics, this organization, “contributes to a more promising future and provides a powerful voice for women and girls—a voice that cannot and will not be ignored.” Fellowships are available particularly for women of color in the following fields as they are largely underrepresented; Business Administration, Law, and Medicine. Awards range from $5,000 to $12,000.
Appraisal Institute Education Trust Scholarship
The Appraisal Institute is a global membership association of professional appraisers. Their mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. They offer three scholarships; one where membership is needed, and the other two are for minorities, women, and college students pursuing academic degrees in real estate appraisal or related fields.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) awards undergraduate and graduate scholarships of $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. This premier scholarship opportunity is made available to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. CHCI also offers internship opportunities to 30 promising Hispanic scholars to work in the offices of U.S. representatives. Interns benefit from the leadership development curricular emphasis on work experience, community service, and learning. Below is a directory of available scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Latino Youth.
Hispanic Women in Leadership
Hispanic Women in Leadership (HWIL) is a nonprofit volunteer organization that encourages and promotes the development and advancement of all Hispanic women. Scholarships are available for high school and college level female students. Graduating high school seniors are also eligible to receive scholarship based on academic performance, leadership, and financial need.
Latin American Women’s Association
The Latin American Women’s Association is a non-profit organization whose main objective is to promote and support the educational advancement of the community, offering scholarships to sustain and encourage Latino 1st or 2nd generation High school students who have been accepted to an accredited college or university to pursue higher education; the award ranges from $1,000 and up. Other scholarships include those applicable to Latino women age 25 or older who have been accepted into an educational program or certified course to pursue a new career, continue a career, or develop a business.
National Latina Alliance
The National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (Alianza) is part of a national effort to address the domestic violence needs and concerns of under-served populations. Alianza is dedicated to helping society recognize and end domestic violence in Latino/Hispanic communities through the provision of culturally proficient training, technical assistance, resources, work with men and boys and community education. Scholarships are available from other sources by information is provided by Alianza to promote the educational advancement of Latinos.
Oblate School of Theology Hispanic Woman in Ministry Scholarship
The Hispanic Woman in Ministry Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to a Hispanic woman entering the MA in Pastoral Ministry program. This is a one-third tuition scholarship covering tuition for all graduate courses required for Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry. Applicants are required to meet acceptance criteria for Oblate School of Theology. The first link is the criteria that must be met and the second link is for the scholarship application.
The OLLU Office of Campus Activities offers numerous opportunities for students to learn and grow beyond the classroom by further developing, refining, and fostering interpersonal communication, team building, leadership and management skills. The Student Life Division honors outstanding campus leadership at the annual Student Leadership Banquet. The Campus Activities Executive Leaders collaborate on events, programs and initiatives to enhance campus life and are recognized for their dedication and contributions to the campus community. Students may compete for numerous campus honors, to include the awards below which focus on womens’ leadership contributions on campus:
- Female/Male Employee of the Year Award: Recipient has demonstrated outstanding leadership in Campus Recreation through committed service in the department and the University. This individual is recognized for self-initiative and a desire to improve the quality of service provided in the department.
- Intramural Sports Woman/Man of the Year Award: Recipient has displayed exceptional sportsmanship during all intramural contests.
- Sports Club Woman/Man of the Year Award: Recipients are recognized for OLLU spirit and pride. These individuals display strong leadership qualities on teams and maintain attendance at practices, games, and outside competitions.
Sister Anita de Luna Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship has been established to honor the memory of Sr. Anita de Luna for Junior or Senior students enrolled at OLLU. Applicants must enroll for a minimum of 12 hours per semester. Applicants are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all college coursework. Award criteria include, but are not limited to, academic record, extra-curricular and volunteer activities, and financial need. For more information contact 210-434-6711, ex. 2163.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a non-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. The SWE scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited universities or graduate programs in preparation to pursue careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund
As part of the Talbots Charitable Foundation, Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund is committed to helping women pursue their dreams and enjoy healthier, fuller lives. The foundation provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations supporting the education, health and cultural enrichment of women, awarding $10,000 scholarships to five women* and $1,000 scholarships 50 women. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. *Only applicants seeking a bachelor's degree are eligible to receive a $10,000 award.
The Fund for Women Artists
The Fund for Women Artists is founded on the belief that women artists have the power to change the way women are perceived in our society and exists to ensure that artists have full access to the financial and other resources they need to do succeed. They focus mainly on women in theatre, film, and video, offering 6 different scholarships and grants.
The Journey Foundation Child Care Subsidy Program for Single Mothers
This program assists single mothers who are students at OLLU with child care expenses they incur while in classes and during out-of-class study time. This program recognizes the special challenges student mothers face while pursuing a college degree and provides assistance in meeting the additional financial burden so student mothers can focus on improving academic performance and staying motivated and focused on their educational plans. For more information contact 210-434-6711, ex. 2163.
Women Gamers Scholarship
The Women Gamers website promotes women that enjoy playing video games, providing them with information about games and opportunities, discussion groups, market research, and support services to game companies and universities. Their ultimate aim is to establish an environment where women gamers can be integrated with the rest of the gaming community. WomenGamers.Com has partnered up with schools around the country to offer women scholarships to pursue degrees in game design and development.
Women Professionals in Government
Since 1981, the Women Professionals in Government (PWG) organization has provided a forum that maximizes networking opportunities and provides opportunities for female professionals to hear speakers who are leaders in their fields. WPG is affiliated with the Federation of Houston Professional Women, which draws on the combined resources of more than 80 women professionals' organizations in the Houston area. Women Professionals in Government annually awards a $1,500 scholarship award to be given an outstanding woman who is currently pursuing studies toward a future career in public service, or furthering her education to enhance her existing public administration position. The primary objective of the WPG Scholarship is to assist exceptional women who are dedicated to becoming public servants.
For additional scholarship information, see the 2008-2009 National Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships for Latino Youth at:
Note: All standing and past deadlines serve to estimate future deadlines.
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