Each year the College of Education and Human Development Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) grants financial awards of $2,500 each to two graduate students and $5,000 to one "Rising Star" pre-tenured faculty who are committed to empowering women. This can include but is not limited to individuals conducting scholarly research on issues that disproportionately affect women; developing curricula focused on the roles, experiences, and achievements of women in society; promoting efforts to develop female leaders of all ages; and participating in service activities with organizations that help women and families. Candidates will be evaluated on leadership and creativity through their academics, research, publications, service, and/or teaching.

The application deadline for graduate students is Thursday, March 2, 2023. Interested in applying? Please complete the 2023 WPLC Graduate Student Award Application.

Please contact Michael DallaValle at if you have questions. The faculty Rising Star award recipient is selected by the CEHD Dean’s Office through a separate process.

Want to know more about WPLC’s prior award recipients? See our prior award recipients.

Rising Start award recipient Dunja Antunovic
Rising Star faculty award recipient Dunja Antunovic Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

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Amy Krentzman
It is deeply gratifying to be supported by the Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle in my integrated teaching, research, and service missions.

Amy Krentzman
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work