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Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies Scholarship Program

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Montgomery College offers several scholarships of at least $500 to eligible students each spring. Applicants must be enrolled in courses at Montgomery College during the current academic year.  Applicants must be taking or have taken Women's and Gender Studies courses.  Women’s and Gender Studies Courses include WMST 101, ENGL 208, GNDS 101, GNDS 102, HIST 112, HIST 228, HLTH 215, MGMT 235, PHED 155, PHED 156, PHED 163, PHIL 212, PHIL 218, PSYC 207, SOCY 110, SOCY 208, SOCY 211, SOCY 214, SOCY 233, Honors Modules of these classes, and Honors classes that focus on women and/or gender.

The following factors are considered while reviewing scholarship applications and determining scholarship awardees:

  • Must be enrolled in courses at Montgomery College during the 2016 - 2017 academic year
  • Must be taking or have taken Women’s and Gender Studies courses (see above)*
  • Campus leadership or community leadership in women’s, gender-related or other socially-conscious programs
  • Excellent academic performance
  • Excellent performance in career-related or volunteer activities
  • Goals related to women’s and gender causes or other humanitarian/activist causes
  • Demonstration of need (family, personal, or economic)

  Application Requirements:

  • Documentation of Finances – Either a photocopy of completed Student Financial Aid Application Form OR another document that demonstrates your financial circumstances, such as an Income Tax Return (with Social Security numbers removed)
  • Copy of your current Montgomery College transcript
  • A completed Women’s and Gender Studies Scholarship Student Application Form
  • A completed Women’s and Gender Studies Scholarship Faculty Recommendation Form.

    Also, you must be available to attend the Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Program Scholarship Reception at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in the Theatre Arts Arena, Rockville campus.  During the event, student scholarships will be awarded.

    Submit materials by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2016, to:
    Joanne Bagshaw, Women's and Gender Studies Coordinator
    20200 Observation Drive, HS 225, Germantown, MD  20876
    Telephone: (240) 567-1977, FAX (240) 567-7752

      2017 Scholarship Application Form (printable Word .doc)

    Women's & Gender Studies Scholarship, Call for Applications (video)



    The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program is committed to and supports and promotes equality and equal access and opportunities for all, in all areas of society, including those that are political, social, cultural, economic, educational, personal, career and global.

    We recognize that education is the foundation of success and accept the responsibility to create challenging and encouraging intellectual environments in our classrooms.

    The WGS Program is also dedicated to encouraging students to claim their access and their right to equality and to providing opportunities that support such action and endeavors, both in and outside of the classroom.

    We empower students to recognize their ability to change their lives, and we reach out into the community and invite the community into our program in a rich exchange of events and discussions.

    Lastly, the WGS Program believes in working toward change that helps to make such equality and opportunity possible for all.

    We accept the responsibility for the work we do, hold it to a high standard, and we are ready to adapt to the diverse needs of our students as they change with the times. 


    The Women's and Gender Studies Program offers courses about women and gender for both women and men.

    The program is designed to explore the experiences and contributions of women to their cultures.

    Informed by feminist theory, Women's Studies courses:

    • challenge false assumptions and theories about women, race, and class
    • encourage rigorous critical thinking
    • raise issues of gender bias and the subjective nature of knowledge
    • support women's development as individuals and as participating members of their larger communities
    • expand women's and men's options beyond the limits of traditional gender roles.

    These writing-intensive courses help students consider the difference that gender makes in family relationships, friendships, education, and work. They are comfortable settings for delving into feminist scholarship and theory.

    In addition to the interdisciplinary introductory course on women's and gender studies, courses in the programinclude: women's history, literature, sociology, psychology, physical education, and women's health.

    Honors modules are available for some classes. Service learning and internship opportunities are frequently offered. Opportunities to pursue independent study projects are also available.



    Germantown Campus Coordinator

    Professor Joanne Bagshaw
    20200 Observation Dr.
    Germantown, MD 20876

    (240) 567-1977

    Collegewide and Rockville
    Collegewide Women's and Gender Studies Program Director

    Professor Genevieve Carminati
    51 Mannakee Street
    Rockville, MD 20850
    (240) 567-7446

    Om Rusten, Admin Aide, 240-567-4100

    Takoma Park/Silver Spring Coordinator

    Professor Bess Vincent

    7600 Takoma Avenue
    Takoma Park, MD 20912

    (240) 567-1397

    Nancy Nyland, Webmaster, (240) 567-7854

    W&GS Home page last updated February 25, 2016


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