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Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition

The College of Letters and Science is pleased to announce the Annual Liberal Arts Scholarship Competition for undergraduate students, sponsored by the four colleges and Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage students to think about the significance of the liberal arts. The winner of the competition will be the person who makes the best case for his or her views about the topic in the essay, no matter what they may be. The judges will consider the following qualities of the submissions: the originality of the ideas presented, the organizational structure of the essay, and the quality of the writing.

Award: Two $1000 awards available: one chosen from College of Letters and Science student entries and the other chosen from student entries from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Services, College of Nursing, and Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement.

Essay Topic: The legendary peace activist Mahatma Gandhi, a five-time Nobel Prize nominee, insisted that “you must be the change you wish to see in the world." Nelson Mandela, a Nobel Prize winner, pointed to the importance of education in helping "you" bring about this change: "education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." With these two statements in mind, discuss how your liberal arts education is preparing you to be an effective agent of the change you wish to see in the world.

Deadline: February 24, 2017

For more information, eligibility, and to apply, visit Academic Works:

or COLS website:


College Scholarships for Women- varies on scholarship

  • See website for details


Lois Miranda Advocacy Award

History: The Lois Miranda Advocacy Award is named after the retired (now deceased) Social Work Faculty member at UW Oshkosh. She was tireless in her dedication and advocacy of marginalized populations. In her memory, students who model her advocacy work, will be awarded. To honor her, a fund was begun and a plaque created to share awardees names each year. This plaque hangs in the Social Work Office.

Award: The award amount varies year to year.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Graduating seniors who are in good standing in their programs.
  • Students must be nominated by others (no self nominations) forwarding the name and a brief rationale detailing the contribution in advocacy the student has made, to Colleen Hansen by the last business day in February.
  • Significant contribution in advocacy for marginalized population(s) by a student or a group of students.


Please see here for nomination forms. Nominations can be made by faculty, staff, community members or other students and submitted by the last business day in February each year. Please include the name of student, major, and provide in detail , the specific work to marginalized populations which the student(s) have been involved with.

This award will include recognition on a perpetual plaque, a certificate and monetary award for the awardee.

Excellence Award

History: The Excellence Award is an annual scholarship honoring the academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to social work service by social work students. This award is given toward tuition for the student's next academic year. The amount varies year to year.

Contact:  Colleen Hansen, MSW, 920.424.7170


  • Continuing Social Work majors who have attained junior standing (Students currently in the SW 300 level courses, in good standing)
  • Students may self nominate by forwarding their name and a brief written rationale detailing the basis for their nomination to Colleen Hansen by the last business day in February. Academic achievement, excellence and originality in class performance and significant community/university service are considered.
  • Faculty members may nominate candidates who they believe have established a record of high academic achievement including consideration of cumulative GPA, demonstrated originality and excellence in class performance and other factors encompassing academic excellence. Additional criteria will include a record of significant community service and/or work with the Student Social Work Association. Faculty nominations should be forwarded to Colleen Hansen by the last business day in February along with a brief written rationale detailing the basis for your recommendation.

Please direct any questions to award chair Colleen Hansen at or (920) 424-7179

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