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Award nominations open

Submissions accepted for scholarships in human sexuality, human development


10:27 a.m., Dec. 23, 2013--The University of Delaware Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) has announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2014 Julie Mapes Wilgen Award in Sexuality and Gender Studies.

The award is intended to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement by an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of human sexuality and gender studies and has shown an appreciation for diversity and for the betterment of society. 

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To qualify for the $1,000 award, nominees must:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student of any major at UD;
  • Have attended UD for at least one year;
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.4 as evidenced by a transcript;
  • Demonstrate commitment to the study of or engage in the field of human sexuality and gender studies; and
  • Demonstrate appreciation for diversity and the betterment of society.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 25, 2014. Nominations for the award should be completed online. Self-nominations are acceptable.

Submissions must include:

  • A two-page essay by the student addressing their demonstration of commitment and appreciation as described above;
  • A current resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation; and
  • Contact information for the recommender and the nominee.

Awards for students involved in field of human development

The department offers additional monetary awards and scholarship nominations for UD students involved in the field of human development. Not all of the awards are limited to HDFS majors.

The application deadline for HDFS department awards is Feb. 14, 2014. For more information on these awards and scholarships, including the nomination forms, visit the HDFS award website, email the HDFS office or call 302-831-6500.

  • HDFS majors who have demonstrated leadership in their field and meet the requirements can apply for the Lila C. Murphy Award for Women’s Equity and Leadership or the Catherine Bieber Scholarship for Academic Achievement and Leadership in Human Development and Family Studies.
  • Graduate students with advanced standing in HDFS who, by reason of scholarship ability, professional orientation, communication skills and personal commitment to becoming a strong advocate for children, may qualify for the Strattner-Gregory Graduate Child Advocacy Award.
  • Students who are human services majors and have demonstrated outstanding service to the local community may qualify for the Lila C. Murphy Community and Family Services Scholarship.
  • Students who have a major in HDFS, fashion and apparel studies, nutrition and dietetics, or hotel, restaurant and institutional management, or a minor in HDFS, and who are proud of a paper or poster completed for class are welcome to submit their paper or poster to the annual Marion H. Steele Symposium. Monetary awards are given to the best graduate and undergraduate submissions in each category. 

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