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Give to GWS

Welcome to Give to GWS!  We encourage you to consider becoming involved in the future of GWS by making a charitable contribution to the Department. We feel strongly that we offer very special opportunities to women and men across campus.  To do more, we need your help and appreciate your generosity.

The easiest way to donate is to go to the College's "Give Now" page and make an online donation to the Gender and Women's Studies Development Fund.  If you would like to give specifically to the Bonnie Jean Cox Graduate Research Endowment in GWS or the Jan Oaks Award, please use the search box in the upper right corner of the donation page and type in the desired fund to make your gift. We are SO grateful for all donors to our gift fund.

Click here for the A&S Give Now page.

When you give to the development account we can use the money for our two most pressing current needs:  funding our undergraduate and graduate student awards. Students will receive not only a certificate, but also a small monetary reward.  We will continue building this fund so that we can make awards from interest earned.  Please give as generously as you can.  

Undergraduate Awards

Kate Black Award:  Given in honor of Kate Black — a founding member of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky, long time community organizer and activist, scholar, curator and archivist — and in recognition of the vital relationship between feminist activism and scholarship in the field of Gender and Women’s Studies, this award recognizes outstanding achievement as a scholar and an activist in an undergraduate major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Preference goes to a graduating senior.

Joan Callahan Award:  Given in honor of Joan Callahan — Beloved Former Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Kentucky, long time Faculty Affiliate of the Program and the Department, emeritus faculty of the University, Feminist Scholar, Moral Philosopher, exemplar of intellectual rigor and excellence in research on Gender and Women.  This award recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship in an undergraduate major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Preference goes to a graduating senior.

Jan Oaks Award: Given in honor and memory of Jan Oaks- Scholar and beloved professor of Gender & Women's Studies and English.  This award recognizes outstanding performance in humanities-based feminist study to an undergraduate major or minor in GWS. 

Graduate Awards

Bonnie Jean Cox Graduate Research Endowment in Gender and Women’s Studies:  Contributions support dissertation research for GWS graduate students, including international travel.

Please remember to type in "Bonnie Jean Cox Endowment" in the "other" field if you would like your donation to go toward this specific award.


Over time, your tax-deductible gift will enable us to:

Provide tuition assistance and support research and travel opportunities for undergraduate students

Establish named professorships for outstanding faculty

  Establish fellowships and research funds

  Support activities unique to Gender and Women’s Studies

Thank you so much for making a donation! We need you and are so grateful for your help.