Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship

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About

We were saddened when our beloved graduate student and former teaching assistant, Austin Sawicki, died on May 29, 2008.

Austin had completed an M.A. in philosophy and graduate certificate in Women's Studies 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 the prestigious Heidegger Circle Annual Meeting in spring 2008.

Shortly after his passing, we worked with the departments of Philosophy and Anthropology, as well as NIU Foundation to create a memorial scholarship for Austin Sawicki. Contribute to the Austin Sawicki Scholarship Fund. You may also send checks made out to the NIU Foundation, with "Austin Sawicki" in the subject line, to the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Reavis 103, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115.


Scholarship Criteria

The Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Fund is established to provide scholarships to upper-division and graduate students at NIU who make major contributions to improving gender equity at NIU and to honor the memory of Austin Sawicki.

Specific criteria for this fund are:

  • The recipient(s) must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have completed a minimum of one year at NIU. Recipients do not have to be Women’s and Gender Studies students.
  • The recipient(s) shall have made major contributions to improving gender equity at NIU, have exceptional intellectual curiosity, and have interdisciplinary academic interests. Additionally, the recipient shall exhibit other qualities that Austin Sawicki possessed, including exuberance, enthusiasm, compassion, and a commitment to the success of others as demonstrated by her/his activities, service, coursework, and interactions with the NIU community.
  • The recipient(s) must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 3.5 GPA for graduate students.

For additional information contact the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality 815-753-1038 or wgs@niu.edu.

Important note:

  • 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.

Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all of our Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Recipients.

Year Recipient
2018

Margaret Hitchcock (B.A. student in Philosophy and English)

Zachery Nielsen (M.A. in Counseling)

2016

Jaclyn Fowler (B.A. student in Mathematics with Spanish minor)

2015

Michael Mehlick (J.D. student in College of Law)

2013

Rhiannon Catherwood (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies student)

2012

Natalie Santiago-Bidne (M.A. student in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate student)

2010

Cortney Barko (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate student)

2012 Josh Adair (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Student)

Contact Us

Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Reavis Hall, Room 103
DeKalb, IL 60115
wgs@niu.edu
815-753-1038

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