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Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarship Cohorts for 2021-2022

Ketner Emerging Leaders

WGS is excited to highlight the recipients of 2021-2022 Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

The Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarship was established to reward students with a record of working to achieve social justice, to encourage students to become integrally involved in activities to promote social justice, and promote leadership that leads to social justice.  The intent is to inspire and financially aid students who are actively engaged in creating and promoting social justice locally, nationally, and globally. It is the Donor’s wish that through this scholarship, and the experiences that recipients have at the College, that Ketner Emerging Leaders will be change agents who identify social problems and devise steps to ameliorate those problems.  Ketner scholars are not simply volunteers.  They are change agents that are committed to making a positive impact locally, nationally, and globally.

Scholarship applications are available from December 1st through February 8th every year. Learn how to apply through CofC’s Cougar Scholarship Awarding System (CSAS) here. Stay tuned for the 2022-2023 cohort announcement!

College Today Article on New LGBTQ+ Scholarship & Recent WGS Grad

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READ NOW: New LGBTQ+ scholarship housed in WGS! This College Today write-up features Linda Ketner and recent WGS grad Tanner Crunelle (‘20), and highlights the Ketner-Crunelle LGBTQ+ Endowed Scholarship, which will celebrate its first recipient in the 2021-22 academic year. Use the button below to read the full article.

$4000 INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP! – Apply for the W.N. Looper Award

W.N. Looper Award Flyer

$4000 INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP! – W.N. Looper Award – 

The W.N. Looper Award was established to provide financial support for College of Charleston undergraduate students majoring within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to complete a summer internship with United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. A total of $4000 will be awarded to one student. The award may be used to support the student’s living expenses during their time in Washington, D.C. The recipient will be selected based on the established criteria and responses to the essay questions describing the impact this opportunity would have in reaching their educational and career goals. Internship award requirements include: 

  • Freshman, sophomore, or junior student majoring within the Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • South Carolina resident 
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA 
  • Interest in interning with U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill 
  • Verified financial need 
  • The application deadline for the 2020-2021 award is Thursday, October 15, 2020. The award winner will be notified on November 2. 

Student Award Opportunity: LCWA Public Service Internship Award

STUDENT AWARD OPPORTUNITY: LCWA Public Service Internship Award – 

Awarded to support increasing student interest and participation in public service, especially foreign service and/or globally focused civil service internships. Students will be awarded $3,000-$5,000 for programs that directly related to public, foreign, or civil service.  

  • Requirements: Open to all majors, 3.0 GPA required and must be in good disciplinary standing with the College, and evidence provided of acceptance/participation to an internship or program  
  • All materials must be submitted by the deadline of Wednesday, March 11! 
  • For more information, go to:  

More details: LCWA Student Award Flyer

Scholarship Opportunity: W.N. Looper Award for Summer 2020 Internship

W.N. Looper Award Flyer 2020

The W.N. Looper award was established to provide financial support for College of Charleston undergraduate students majoring within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences to complete a summer internship with U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. $4,000 will be awarded to one student. 

Award Requirements: 

  • Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior majoring within HSS 
  • South Carolina resident 
  • Cumulative 2.50 GPA 
  • Interest in interning on Capitol Hill! 
  • APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 13, 2019. For more information and to apply, visit:

CofC Changemaker Challenge – $5,000 prize money for students!

On Friday, April 12th, the College will host the first annual Changemaker Challenge. The event is an opportunity for students to share what they have learned about a social justice problem and/or solutions they have developed. There is $5,000 in prize money to be won.


There are two options to enter, and students can enter just one or both. The first is a poster session where they will use the Impact Gaps Canvas to demonstrate their understanding of the landscape of a problem. There are three parts – Problem Landscape, Solution Landscape and Gaps. Information about the Impact Gaps Canvas can be found below. The second part is an elevator pitch of their solutions to a social justice problem.


Students can tackle any social justice problem – locally or globally. Students can enter both parts of the competition, or just one. Students can enter as a team or on their own. It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Entries can come from class projects, personal research or even club projects. Judges will consist of members of the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board to the Sustainability Literacy Institute, as well as a few additional community members.

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APPLY NOW: Alison Piepmeier Scholarship and Skirt. Magazine Endowed Scholarship

Great news! The WGS program scholarship applications are open! Read below to find out more about the two scholarships that will be awarded for 2019-20 and how you can apply.


The Alison Piepmeier Scholarship was established in honor of the late Alison Piepmeier, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College of Charleston. Alison was a scholar and feminist, known for her activism and her many publications including her book Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. The scholarship’s goal is to reward a Women’s and Gender Studies student with a record of feminist scholarship and activism. The awardee must be a full-time student at the College of Charleston and a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor, must have an academic GPA of at least 3.0, and must have a demonstrated record of feminist activism and leadership. This scholarship is $2,500 for one student.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 scholarship is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm.


The Skirt. Magazine Endowed Scholarship was established in 2012 by Skirt. Magazine’s founder and original editor, Nikki Hardin. Skirt. Magazine is a monthly print publication and website for women.

Hardin was a single mom with three children when she started college, at the age of 29. She earned a B.A. in Literature from American University in 1976 and attended graduate school at the University of Virginia on a Governor’s Fellowship. She started her first full-time job a year later when she was hired as a secretary at Reston Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Prentice-Hall. In 1985 she moved to Charleston, SC and spent the next few years working part-time jobs. She founded Skirt. Magazine in 1994 with not much more than $400 and the desire to have something interesting to read.

The Skirt. scholarship is $2,000 per year and the application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm.

For more information about these scholarships and other WGS student opportunities, please see the links below.

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