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 for graduate students is now closed.

Please contact Nina Brown 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 Stefanie Marshall
Rising Star faculty award recipient Blanca Caldas Chumbes
Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Due to the pandemic, we canceled our typical WPLC summer awards ceremony in June 2021. Instead, recipients recorded how your support is impacting their research.
Click here to watch the videos!

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