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Signature Scholarships


The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy offers four signature scholarships: 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!


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 activities
  • 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, 2018

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 female 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.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

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
  • 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, 2018

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 female
  • 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
  • Write an essay of 300 to 600 words describing your experience with violence (detailing as much or as little as you feel comfortable with).

Deadline: April 15, 2018

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 significant financial need or who otherwise might have a hard time paying for college.


Applicants Must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Have completed at least 60 credit hours at the college level
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for the Fall 2018 semester
  • Have filed a FASFA or DAIA for the 2018-19 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:

  1. Complete a Path to Graduation Form
  2. Path to Graduation form MUST have academic advisor's signature and be submitted in PDF format
  3. Complete the Online Application
  4. The best part? No essay is required!
  5. If the applicant has taken out student loans, log into www.nslds.ed.gov to do a Financial Aid Review to determine the total amount of loans taken out
  6. If the applicant is a new transfer to MSU Denver, attach unofficial transcripts from previous institution(s)

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Award: $500 - $1000


Want to make a difference in someone's life by contributing to any of these scholarships?

Give a gift to the MSU Denver Foundation and choose The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (formerly The Institute for Women's Studies and Aservices) as your donation designation!


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