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- Eleanor Roosevelt

There are various awards, both local and national, for which women at the University of Kentucky can be nominated. Details on specific awards and nomination instructions are listed below.

If you know of any additional awards that should be added to this list, please contact Ann Becker at


  • Faith A. Smith Poetry Prize (Kentucky Women Writers' Conference)
    • The Wild Women of Poetry Slam has thrived since 2006 as an opportunity for nationally renowned spoken-word artists to perform in a slam. The Kentucky Women Writers' Conference began awarding the Faith A. Smith Poetry Prize in 2011, a $500 prize established by Frank X Walker in honor of his mother.
  • Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award (Women Leading Kentucky)
    • This award recognizes a Kentucky resident of achievement who inspires and motivates women through their personal, community and professional lives.
  • Sarah Bennett Holmes Award (UK Women's Forum)
    • This award is granted annually to outstanding individuals working at the University of Kentucky who promote the growth and well-being of women at UK and/or across the Commonwealth.
  • Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students at UK (University of Kentucky)
    • This link provides a list of scholarships for non-traditional students at UK.
  • The Gabehart Prizes (Kentucky Women Writers' Conference)
    • Three prizes are awarded, in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Each winner receives $200, two 2-day passes, and the opportunity to read the winning manuscript at the conference.
  • The Prize for Women Playwrights (Kentucky Women Writers' Conference)
    • The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a national playwriting prize to bring more scripts by women to the stage, especially those featuring majority-female casts. The winner will receive a production by Balagula Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky (, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning play will be workshopped prior to its world premier for a paying audience.


  • ADVANCE Awards (National Science Foundation)
    • A wide variety of awards for individuals in academic science and engineering careers are offered through the ADVANCE program.
  • American Fellowships (American Association of University Women)
    • American Fellowships support scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.
  • Career Development Grants (American Association of University Women)
    • Career Development Grants provide funding to individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to people of color and people pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
  • Community Action Grants (American Association of University Women)
    • Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.
  • Emerging Leader Award (National Women's Studies Association)
    • An Emerging Leader is an individual new to the field of Women’s Center/Gender Equity Centers who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the issues that affect women on campus, in their community or globally.
  • Gloria E. Anzaldua Book Prize (National Women's Studies Association)
    • The prize includes $1,000 and recognition for groundbreaking monographs in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award (National Women's Studies Association)
    • The annual NWSA Women’s Centers Outstanding Achievement award is given to remarkable individuals working in Women’s Centers/Gender Equity Centers who have accomplished a significant endeavor to improve the lives of women, and have addressed gender equity, sexism and other forms of oppression.
  • Sara A. Whaley Book Prize  (National Women's Studies Association)
    • Two $2,000 book awards for monographs that address women and labor.
  • Selected Professions Fellowships (American Association of University Women)
    • Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to individuals who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low.
  • Women of Color Caucus Awards (American Association of University Women)
    • The purpose of the Women of Color Caucus Student Essay Awards is to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues concerning women and girls of color in the United States and the diaspora.