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Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship

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The application deadline for 2018-2019 scholarships is January 31, 2018. Apply through Academics Works. [NOTE: Be sure to address the specific requirements for this scholarship in your materials.]

We were 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 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: Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Reavis 103, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. Phone: 815-753-1038. Email the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at wgs@niu.edu

*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.

Congratulations to all of our Austin Sawicki Memorial Scholarship Recipients!

2016 Recipient: Jaclyn Fowler (B.A. student in Mathematics with Spanish minor)

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2015 Recipient: Michael Mehlick (J.D. student in College of Law)

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2013 Recipient: Rhiannon Catherwood (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies student)

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2012 Recipient: Natalie Santiago-Bidne (M.A. student in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate student)

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2010 Recipient: Cortney Barko (Ph.D. candidate in English, Women's Studies Graduate Certificate student)

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2009 Recipient: 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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