WGS Program Scholarships

Alison Piepmeier Scholarship

Current & past recipients Leigh LaChapelle (left), Pablo Palacios (center), & Raegan Whiteside (right)

Alison Piepmeier photo

Past WGS Program Director, Alison Piepmeier

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 2019-20 scholarship is March 5, 2019 at 11:59pm.


The Skirt! Magazine Endowed Scholarship

Misty Antonacci Receives the 2018 Skirt! Magazine Endowed Scholarship

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 March 5, 2019 at 11:59pm.

The Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Current Ketner scholars with Linda Ketner

The Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarship was established by community leader Linda Ketner more than 20 years ago 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.

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