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 graduate student application for 2020 is now closed. Please check back in 2021.

Please contact Ann Dingman ( if you have questions. The faculty Rising Star award recipient will be 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 recipients Tim Piehler and Christina Zdawczyk
From left to right: Rising Star faculty award recipient Tim Piehler, Department of Family Social Science, and graduate student award recipient Christina Zdawczyk, Department of Educational Psychology.

An enthusiastic group of attendees, including many founding members, attended the Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) Awards Celebration on June 11, 2019. Read about the award event

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