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Woman Scholar

Center for Women's and Gender Studies

Wood Building, Room 110
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4896
Email: Dr. Karen Bradley, Director

Scholarships & Awards

Pat Ashman Women's Studies Scholarship

Dr. Ashman received her M.A. and Ph.D. from St. Louis University with a specialization in 19th century modern European history. After teaching at the University of San Diego College for Women and as a graduate teaching assistant at St. Louis University, she came to Central Missouri State University in 1968. She started out as an assistant professor and became a full professor in 1987. With encouragement from Dr. Arthur McClure, then chair of the Department of History and Anthropology, she headed the committee that designed and established UCM’s Women’s Studies Program in 1985. Dr. Ashman served as the program coordinator from 1985-1992 and as interim director from 1995-1997. In addition, she established a student organization called Women Scholars at Central and served as its faculty advisor for seven years. Patricia Ashman retired from UCM in 1998 but has remained active in the Women’s Studies Program.

For additional information on Foundation Scholarships, students should visit the UCM Foundation, located in the Union's Smiser Alumni Center.
Pat Ashman Women's Studies Scholarship Application

Renee T. Betz Award in Women's Studies

Renee BetzOver the 2008 summer, we lost Dr. Renee Betz to cancer.  Dr. Betz served as a past coordinator for Women's Studies, and after retiring from Central's Department of English and Philosophy, where she taught English and rhetoric, she continued to teach WS 2000: Race, Class and Gender as an Emeritus Professor for the Center.  In honor of Dr. Renee T. Betz, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies established an endowment in her name.  From this endowment, the department will annually award a student with the Renee T. Betz Award in Women's Studies. 

For more information and application: Renee T Betz Award


Outstanding Graduate Student Award

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Women's Studies is for students who are currently enrolled in the WGS Graduate Certificate program. The student should have at least a 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated a commitment to Women's and/or Gender Studies. Students are nominated by WGS faculty.

Pat Ashman Scholarship 2010 Awarded - Karen Muller

Karen Muller is pursuing a major in Criminal Justice with a minor in Women's Studies. While at UCM, she has been very active in the Student Trio Association and has recently presented at the Mo-Kan-Ne Adult Student Leadership Conference. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her education and eventually teach at the university level. Karen will graduate from UCM in December 2010.

Renee T. Betz Award in Women's Studies 2010 - Jennifer Rieskamp

Jenn RieskampJennifer Rieskamp is pursuing her MS degree in College Student Personnel Administration at UCM. She has been highly active in events organized by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and S.A.G.E, as well as Q & A, the GLBT organization. She was also involved with the Vagina Monologues and Beyond Words at UCM. Upon graduation, she would like to work with a diversity office or GLBT student services office on a college campus. She will be teaching a Race, Class, and Gender course Fall 2010 and plans to graduate from UCM in Spring 2011.

Outstanding Graduate in Women's Studies - Marie Christ

Marie ChristMarie Christ is a MA student in Sociology and enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Program in WGS at UCM. She has performed exceedingly well in her classes, at the same time she has been active in the Center for WGS and S.A.G.E. She has participated in multiple professional meeting and presented a paper at the Midwest Sociological Society Conference earlier this month. She intends to graduate with both her MA and Graduate Certificate May 2010 and will be an adjunct for WS this summer and Fall. She is also currently studying to be a doula.

2010 Graduate Certificate Awardees
Marie Christ
Stephen Christ
Mike Wise

Stephen Christ

Stephen Christ receives the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from
Mary Kelly, Director of Women's Studies at UCM