HDFS Awards and Scholarships

Human Development and Family Studies
Awards and Scholarships

There are several awards and scholarships given by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for which students can directly apply. The application deadline for HDFS Department Awards is March 15. 

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UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Julie Mapes Wilgen Award in Human Sexuality & Gender Studies.  The $1,000 award honors Dr. Wilgen’s lifelong work and dedication to the field of sexuality education and family studies. It recognizes outstanding achievement by an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to the field of human sexuality and gender studies and who has shown an appreciation for diversity and for the betterment of society. The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student of any major at U.D.
  • Has attended U.D. for at least 1 year
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.4 as evidenced by a transcript
  • Demonstrated commitment to study or engage in field of human sexuality & gender studies
  • Demonstrated appreciation for diversity and the betterment of society
  • 2-page essay by student addressing this demonstration of commitment and appreciation described above and current resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Nominations for the award should be submitted by letter to the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Office c/o Kristine Ritz-Coll, describing why the student qualifies under these criteria. Self nominations are acceptable.

The student is responsible for submitting an application packet consisting of: transcript, essay, resume, 2 letters of recommendation with recommenders’ contact information, and student contact information.  Deadline to Submit Applications: January 25 Annually

Send application packet to:
Kristine Ritz-Coll, Senior Assistant Dean
College of Education and Human Development
RE: Wilgen Award
Room 108 Alison West
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
kritz@udel.edu / 302-831-2396

Selections will be made by the College of Education and Human Development’s Curriculum Committee, with input from Dr. Wilgen. The recipient’s academic department and college will be notified, and the recipient will be honored during the spring semester by the University and the College of Education and Human Development. Please contact Kristine Ritz-Coll with questions.

GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Strattner-Gregory Graduate Child Advocacy Award is awarded to a graduate student with advanced standing in Human Development and Family Studies who, by reason of scholarship ability, professional orientation, communication skills, and personal commitment shows promise of becoming a strong advocate for children.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Lila C. Murphy Community and Family Services Scholarship
A monetary award ($200) to a Human Services major who has demonstrated outstanding service to the local community through voluntary involvement in programs benefiting children, youth, elderly, and/or their families.

Lila C. Murphy Award for Women's Equity and Leadership
A monetary ($200) award to a female student in Human Development and Family Studies acknowledging student leadership activities and/or contributions to women's equity issues.

Catherine Bieber Scholarship for Academic Achievement and Leadership in Human Development and Family Studies
A monetary award ($1,000) to a student who has demonstrated academic achievement and provided leadership in human development and family studies. The award is made possible by Catherine Bieber, M.S., a former University of Delaware faculty member, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Human Services.

Swank Human Services Disabilities Scholarships
The Howard W. Swank, Alma K. Swank, and Richard Kemper Swank Foundation awards the Swank Human Services Disabilities Scholarships to one or two Human Services majors in their sophomore or junior years who are concentrating their studies in disabilities services. The Scholarship will cover tuition, books, fees, and related expenses for their junior and/or senior years.  The Howard W. Swank, Alma K. Swank, and Richard Kemper Swank Foundation is making this significant commitment in order to address the need to develop human service professionals to support youth and adults with neuro-developmental disabilities and their families. Students accepting the scholarship will sign an agreement to work in the state of Delaware for a two year period of time or repay the scholarship funds. Such employment shall commence within six (6) months from graduation at the University of Delaware. Employment must be as a human service professional whose job is to support persons with neuro-developmental disabilities and their families.  Please go to the following website to learn about the application process: http://www.hdfs.udel.edu/content/swank-scholarships

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