Department of Women's Studies Scholarship Fund

Our Department has four scholarships and awards that are given out every May to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students. Those interested in making tax-deductible contributions to any of the scholarships and awards listed below are invited to visit the "Support Women's Studies" page for information on how to make an online donation or to send your check by mail.

Arlene E. Ray Memorial Scholarship

This special scholarship was founded in 1994 to serve as a living memory of Joan Schulz's younger and only sister, Arlene Ray. Arlene's strength, intelligence, and great courage were an inspiration to all those around her. She would be proud to know she inspired this scholarship and proud to be associated with its recipients. The award goes to an outstanding Women's Studies undergraduate to recognize her academic achievement and significant contributions to the University and larger communities, and her dedication to feminist principles.

Stoneman-Van Vranken Scholarship Award

This scholarship is given in honor of the late Kate Stoneman, a student and teaching at the Albany State Normal School and the first woman admitted to the Bar in New York State, and the late Harriet Van Vranken, a graduate of Albany Teacher's College and Albany's first African American teacher. The award goes to a Women's Studies outstanding undergraduate student in recognition of her record in Women's Studies and other course work, contributions to the University and larger communities, dedication to feminist principles, and overall academic performance.

Women's Studies Award

The Women's Studies Committee started this award in 1986 to recognize an outstanding Women's Studies major or minor who has demonstrated an excellent academic record in Women's Studies and significant feminist contributions to the women's community. The time, energy, and money of the many women and men who support the University at Albany's Women's Studies Department through fundraising events and alumnae activities allow us to grant the award every year.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

This award recognizes a Women's Studies M.A. student who has demonstrated academic excellence and made important contributions to the University and larger communities.