The Jean Dubofsky Scholarship

Professor Arnold with 2011 winners

In the spring of 1991, University of Colorado journalism professor Dr. Joanne E. Arnold donated funds to establish the first undergraduate scholarship in women’s studies. The scholarship is named after Jean Dubofsky, the first woman to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court and a Boulder attorney working in civil rights issues.


  • Student shall be a full-time women and gender studies major enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • Student shall have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours at CU-Boulder in WGST with a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Student must NOT be a graduating senior

Applicants will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic record
  • Education and career goals
  • Community and campus service
  • Demonstrated commitment to raising awareness of the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class and nationality, among others
  • Financial need

Award selection will be made by a Women and Gender Studies faculty committee.


To apply, students must submit the following materials:

  • Women and Gender Studies scholarship application form with two references
  • An essay (double-spaced, minimum three pages) describing their qualifications and the role of women and gender studies in creating social change
  • An academic writing sample
  • Current CU transcript
  • Current resume

2015 WGST Scholarship application

Application Deadline:

This scholarship is awarded annually in the spring. The spring 2015 application deadline is March 13, 2015.

Scholarship recipients will be recognized during our WGST Commencement even in May and awards will be applied to the recipient’s fall tuition.
The award winner also receives a certificate.

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