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Signature Scholarships


The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy offers five signature scholarships: the Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies General Scholarship Fund, the Activist Scholarship, the Meredith Wetzel Scholarship, the Nueva Esperanza Scholarship, and the Pamela McIntyre Marcum Scholarship! Additionally, we offer a Guaranteed to Succeed Mini Grant. These awards are given out each academic year primarily in the Fall semester. Find out more by clicking on the dropdown menus below!


To provide scholarships to benefit students enrolled in courses offered through the Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. 


Applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have a declared major in Women's Studies or Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies
  • Be enrolled for 6 or more credit hours for the semester the scholarship is received
  • Meet MSU Denver’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements
  • DACA, ASSET, and Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: Varies

To apply, please complete MSU Denver’s general scholarship application

The Activist Scholarship is designed to support students who are actively engaged in efforts to support positive social change in economic and/or social justice.


Applicants must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have completed a minimum 15 credit hours
  • Be engaged in community and/or campus activism
  • DACA, ASSET, and Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Submit a two page essay that answers the question: When considering the multitude of issues facing the planet right now from creating peace to feminist concerns, LGBTQIA rights, racial and ethnic equality, human rights and the environment, what do you perceive as the most pertinent social justice concern and why? How have you endeavored to address this through your activist work, either on or off campus or both?

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: Varies

To apply, please complete MSU Denver’s general scholarship application

Meredith Wetzel (1964-1974) was the daughter of David and Jodi Wetzel. She died at the age of ten after an eight-year struggle with leukemia. Her parents, her brother Richard Wetzel, his wife Mary Ruppe Wetzel, and other family members have established this scholarship in honor of her memory and to support the education of young women students at Metropolitan State University of Denver who have also struggled with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. 


Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Be a woman-identified or nonbinary student
  • Have dealt with a life-threatening illness or the consequences of a life-threatening injury
  • Submit the Metropolitan State University of Denver general scholarship application and an essay describing: “Why I think I am a deserving candidate for this scholarship,” providing information about the injury and contact information for three references.
  • DACA, ASSET, and Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: Varies

To apply, please complete MSU Denver’s general scholarship application

Migrant farm workers’ hard-won labor has fed our family and community all my life, so this scholarship is for them, especially the women who hold it all together. It comes with respect, gratitude and admiration for what migrant families have contributed to this nation and how they will change our future. Children of migrant farm worker families struggle fiercely for education and use their degrees to build a more just world. It is a pleasure to help them. The purpose of the scholarships are to annually benefit those, preferably women, with significant family responsibilities and a migrant worker family background. 


The criteria are as follows:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Have a declared major
  • Be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours during the semester(s) the scholarship is received
  • DACA, ASSET, and Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Write an essay of approximately 250 words explaining how significant family responsibilities and a migrant worker family background have shaped the candidate’s life and personal and professional goals.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: Varies

To apply, please complete MSU Denver’s general scholarship application

The Pamela McIntyre-Marcum Memorial Scholarship is designed to provide scholarships that support students who have overcome issues of violence. 


Applicants must

  • Be a woman-identified or nonbinary student
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Have confronted issues of violence
  • Have demonstrated critical financial need, based on FAFSA
  • Have demonstrated academic potential, as determined by the selection committee
  • In an essay of 300 to 600 words, please share how you removed yourself from a violent situation, in as much or as little detail as you are comfortable with, as well as what you are doing to move forward in your life. Alternatively, if you are not able to tell your story right now, please share with us a story of a significant risk you have taken and how it has affected your life.
  • DACA, ASSET, and Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Deadline: March 1, 2020

Award: Varies

To apply, please complete MSU Denver’s general scholarship application

The Guaranteed-to-Succeed Mini Grant is designed to support students who demonstrate a significant financial need, who otherwise might have a hard time paying for college, or are close to graduation.


Applicants Must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours at the college level
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the Fall 2019 semester
  • Have filed a FASFA or DAIA for the 2019-20 school year
  • Be Pell eligible or have a Pell qualified annual income level 
  • DACA, ASSET, and Undocumented students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Application Process:


Deadline: April 30, 2019

Award: $500 - $1000

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