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Scholarships for Women

Scholarships for Women
Above: Women at study in the residence halls. Scholarships for women help four-year students, transfer students, graduate students, doing so much good!

Make a Difference for Women at UIS

Thank you for your interest in giving to scholarship funds for women. If you want to add your gift to one of the scholarships below, you can give safely online or by mail to our office.

American Association of University Women: Mary M. Beaumont Scholarship

The Mary M. Beaumont Scholarship was established in honor of Ms. Beaumont, former president of the Springfield Branch of the American Association of University Women. A fervent advocate of public policy engagement, Ms. Beaumont collaborated, organized and sponsored several community ventures during her tenure as president including the Public Attitudes Toward Public Education in Springfield survey, an AAUW initiative that began in the 1990s. Ms. Beaumont also established AAUW’s current recycling standard, Young Professionals study group for women, and the “Expand Your Horizons” conference encouraging middle school girls to study math, science and technology. Ms. Beaumont received her B.S. from Cornell University and her M.A. from Sangamon State University where she was Class Marshall of her graduating class. The AAUW-MMBS is awarded to a non-traditional female student of Sangamon County (or a nearby county w/o an AAUW branch) whose education has been interrupted.

American Association of University Women: Wanda Chapel Scholarship

The Wanda Chapel Scholarship was established by the Springfield Branch of the American Association of University Women in honor of Ms. Chapel, former president of both the Springfield and state of Illinois AAUW. Civic and community involvement – a standard in AAUW – increased during Ms. Chapel’s tenure and included the first statewide Legislation Day along with numerous other cooperatives and groups. Membership in the AAUW remained at all-time highs. The AAUW-WCS is awarded to a non-traditional female student of Sangamon County (or a nearby county w/o an AAUW branch) whose education has been interrupted.

American Association of University Women: Mary Gene Hall Scholarship

The Mary Gene Hall Scholarship was established by the Springfield Branch of the American Association of University Women in honor of Ms. Hall, a 35-year member and former president of both the Springfield and state of Illinois AAUW. Ms. Hall was also a member of Sangamon State University’s first graduating class. The AAUW-MGHS is awarded to a non-traditional female student of Sangamon County (or a nearby county w/o an AAUW branch) whose education has been interrupted.

American Association of University Women: Sandra G. Hockenyos Scholarship

The Sandra G. Hockenyos Scholarship was established by the Springfield Branch of the American Association of University Women in honor of former president, Sandra Hockenyos. During Sandra Hockenyos tenure, the AAUW maintained its commitment to community service and public education, including a district-wide survey and establishment of a Saturday morning enrichment program for academically tenacious students. The AAUW-SGHS is awarded to a non-traditional female student of Sangamon County (or a nearby county w/o an AAUW branch) whose education has been interrupted.

Carrie Gibson Esarey and Dorothy Neland Scholarship

This scholarship honors the mothers of the donors. Carrie Gibson Esarey, who was raised by a single mother, taught for many years in a one-room schoolhouse, and Dorothy Neland was also passionate about education. In her quiet way she became a champion of women’s independence, and her recipe for achieving this was education, education, education. With her encouragement, her two daughters were the first women in the family to earn college degrees. The donors would like this scholarship to help a female parent who has financial need, with an additional preference for a student who has a disability or whose child has a disability. The scholarship can go to either an undergraduate or graduate student, can be renewed if the student does well, and if none of these preferences is possible can be given to any female student with financial need.

Sandra G. Hockenyos Scholarship

In a very public testament of her strength, character and influence as a woman, Sandra G. Hockenyos’ children and spouse chose to honor her in a way that helped other students achieve their dreams. Established in 1996, the Sandra G. Hockenyos Scholarship awards financial assistance to a mature individual who has had their education interrupted. As a former and two-term president of the American Association for University Women, Ms. Hockenyos also has a scholarship established in her honor for achievements there. The award is available to female students of Sangamon County in good academic standing who are enrolled for a minimum of eight hours in any campus program.

Rose Marie and Robert C. Roach Scholarship

Dr. Rose Marie Roach is the former UIS (then Sangamon State University) Associate Dean of Students. Robert C. Roach was a well-known businessman and avid Sangamon State University soccer fan before his sudden death in November of 1978. Originally the Robert C. Roach Memorial Scholarship–and Sangamon State’s first endowed scholarship–the scholarship has now been renamed to include both Rose Marie and Robert’s names. This scholarship is for women in graduate school who have made a significant difference in their community. This may be determined through their volunteer work, development of charitable or cultural programs, or leadership in non-profit, philanthropic organizations.

Anna May Smith and Charles C. Smith Scholarship

This memorial scholarship honors two notable Illinois residents: Charles C. Smith served as the executive director of the Catholic Youth organization of Chicago, as a consultant to Secretary of State Edward J. Barrett, as an aide to Secretary of State Charles F. Carpenter, and as an assistant to the sanitary district president. He was then appointed aide to Secretary of State Paul Powell, after which he was named director of development at Barat College of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest.

Mr. Smith met his wife of 29 years, Anna May Hawekotte Smith, while at Barat College. Upon completing her degree at Barat and her master’s degree in Speech from Columbia University in New York, Mrs. Smith began a teaching career at Barat College, where she also served as chair of the Speech and Drama department and director of the continuing education program for adult women. In 1973, Mrs. Smith took a teaching position at Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois Springfield, and later worked for the Northern Illinois National Multiple Sclerosis Society. During her life, Mrs. Smith received many acknowledgements and awards from the Illinois Seniors Hall of Fame, the Department on Aging and Disability’s Hall of Fame, the Leadership and Margaret Burke Awards form Barat College. She was one of the founding members of the Illinois Women Administrators and an honorary member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Recipients selected for the Anna May Smith and Charles C. Smith Scholarship must be female students in good academic standing, enrolled a minimum of four credit hours, and have demonstrated an ability to incorporate their life experiences into their academic work.

Evelyn Brandt Thomas Scholarship

Evelyn Brandt Thomas, an avid 4-H and Rural Youth Organization member during her childhood, grew up on a 240-acre farm near Pleasant Plains, IL. Her parents raised cattle and grain on the farm and she and her siblings learned the family business through their daily chores. Mrs. Thomas graduated from Springfield High School and later received a business degree from Illinois Business College in Springfield. Her husband, the late Gordon Thomas, was a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture. During their 53 years of marriage, the couple remained lifelong supporters of 4-H and FFA programs. In 2004, Mrs. Thomas received the Illinois 4-H Alumni Award at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The Evelyn Brandt Thomas Scholarship was established in 2004 and seeks to assist full-time junior or senior students enrolled in the College of Business and Management. Preference is given to female applicants.

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