The Women's Studies Program was saddened when our beloved graduate student and former teaching assistant, Austin Sawicki, died on May 29, 2008.
Austin had completed an MA in philosophy and was working on a second MA in Anthropology. He had many interests, including cognitive science, feminism, and linguistics. He was unfailingly generous, helpful, and good-natured. A recipient of the Mothers Memorial Scholarship, he also participated in many campus events and organized a conference for graduate students in philosophy in spring 2008.
The Women's Studies program has worked with the departments of Philosophy and Anthropology, as well as NIU Foundation to create a memorial scholarship for Austin Sawicki. If you would like to contribute to the Austin Sawicki Scholarship Fund, download and fill out the contribution form, and mail it in with your contribution. You may also send checks made out to the NIU Foundation, with "Austin Sawicki" in the subject line, to the Women's Studies Program, Reavis 103, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.
The Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Fund is established to provide scholarships to upper division and graduate students at NIU who make major contributions to NIU Women’s Studies and/or lives of women at NIU and to honor the memory of Austin Sawicki.
Specific criteria for this fund are:
All application materials must arrive in the Women's Studies Program office (Reavis Hall, Room 103), no later than 4:30 p.m. on FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014.
Applicants must present:
For additional information or to submit applications, please contact: Women’s Studies Program, Reavis 103, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. Phone: 815-753-1038. Email the Women's Studies Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All scholarship(s) awarded shall be for one academic year.
**In the event a recipient withdraws from the University, the remaining funds allocated for the scholarship shall be granted to another qualified student.
***Northern Illinois University is an equalopportunity/affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, status based on the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. Further, the Constitution and Bylaws of Northern Illinois University provides for equal treatment regardless of political views or affiliation, and sexual orientation.
2013 Winner: Rhiannon Catherwood (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies student)
2012 Winner: Natalie Santiago-Bidne (M.A. student in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate student)
2010 Winner: Cortney Barko (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate student)
2009 Winner: Josh Adair (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Student)