Kathryn L. Harris Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies

The "Kathryn Scholarship" is just for students in the UAH Women's and Gender Studies Program. These scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, books, or even living expenses.

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled at UAH as a Women's and Gender Studies minor and with a 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Students at any class rank, any major, male or female, may apply so long as they have formally declared a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Selection criteria may include participation in Women's and Gender Studies activities, such as volunteering in the Women's and Gender Studies Resource Center, being a member of the Women's and Gender Studies Student Organization, or participating in community activities that benefit women and girls. Financial need may also be considered but is not a requirement.

How much funding is available?

We expect to award approximately $700 in scholarships each year. Successful applicants may re-apply for up to four years (or eight semesters for a co-op student). Because this is an endowed scholarship, the amount available for award may increase each year, based on the stock market and additional donations to the endowment.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Students apply through the UAH Financial Aid Office's online application and should complete the paperwork by December 1st for awards in the upcoming academic year.

How do I become a Women's and Gender Studies minor?

Please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program office at 256-824-6190, and we will let you know how to initiate the process of declaring a minor.

 

Who is Kathryn L. Harris?

Kathryn L. Harris, 1919-2007

The "Kathryn Scholarship" is just for students in the UAH Women's and Gender Studies Program. These scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, books, or even living expenses.

Kathryn L. Harris was a woman who worked at a university for 35 years. During these years she learned to appreciate how wonderful students are and to understand how many need a little financial help to stay in school. Having worked with both undergraduate and graduate students for over three decades, she knew how many expenses there are that tuition just does not cover.

Because of the Great Depression in the 1930s, Kathryn never had the opportunity to go to college herself. Yet she worked a second job to put her daughter through college. She even helped support her granddaughter through her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The UAH Women's and Gender Studies program honors Kathryn and other women like her on whose shoulders the present generation of women students stands.

In her memory, Kathryn would most of all want you to pet a dog and do a kind deed each day.

Young Kathryn HarrisKathryn L. Harris as a young woman. 

 Kathryn Harris in her 80s.Kathryn L. Harris, Christmas 2006