Scholarship Opportunities

Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies


Trailblazer . . Feminist . . Champion of human rights.

The Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies was established in 2000 to honor the life and work of Elaine Gordon, a former state legislator who, for 22 years, championed equal rights for women.

Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (Late entries will not be accepted.)

To be considered for this award, a student must submit:

  1. A resume.
  2. A typed, two-page essay addressing how the student has and intends to pursue the goals expressed in Elaine Gordon's work and achievements, as well as how financial assistance will help achieve these goals.
  3. Financial need statement (financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship) .
  4. One letter of recommendation from a present or former professor.
  5. An unofficial transcript reflecting all course work completed.
  6. Application Cover sheet

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be fully admitted in the College of College of Arts, Sciences & Education as a Women’s and Gender Studies major or certificate earner.
  • Have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate (freshman, sophomore or junior) student at the time of application.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship.
  • Undergraduates with at least two semesters of study (not including summer) remaining are eligible.

For the Elaine Gordon Biography, click here.

To view previous award recipients for the Elaine Gordon Scholarship, please click here.


200 Scholarship
A Society of Professional Women, Inc.

The 200 Scholarship was donated by A Society of Professional Women, Inc., an organization of Dade County women from different professions. The group established this scholarship program for women students at FIU who demonstrate strong ability but face financial need. The award recognizes that women face multiple barriers to furthering their education. This scholarship is intended to help women students focus their attention mainly on education and career goals.

To be considered for this award, a Student must submit:

  1. Resume.
  2. Biographical essay that includes educational background, reason for applying for the award, explanation of how the student’s career goals will advance women’s place in society.
  3. Financial need statement. (one paragraph)
  4. An unofficial FIU transcript reflecting all course work completed.
  5. One letter of recommendation from an FIU professor.
  6. Application Cover Sheet

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to female residents of South Florida who are U.S. citizens.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Undergraduate with a minimum of one prior semester at FIU and a full year of remaining studies at the inception of the award (in the fall semester).
  • Low income student.
  • Must have earned a minimum of 3 credit hours of Women’s and Gender Studies coursework.


Aqua Foundation’s Scholarship

Potential scholars can apply here now.

To be eligible for an Aqua scholarship you must identify as an Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender woman and live and go to school in the south Florida area (exceptions are made if you are attending school remotely and living in Florida). Additionally, you will need to have and maintain at 3.0 gpa or above. We are also looking for women who are budding leaders in their communities. Our scholarship awards are typically $2,500 -$ 5,000.

If this sounds like you, then we encourage you to read about it further here; you can also learn about the current scholarship recipients and begin working on your application.

If you are selected as a scholarship recipient you won’t only receive funding but you will also have a mentor who will meet with you throughout the school year. You will also have the opportunity to get to know the other recipients during the quarterly meetings the mentors and scholars all attend together. Additionally, you will attend an Emerging Leaders Conference to learn new skills and tools as well as wonderful networking with successful women leaders.

Please contact the Program Director ( for any questions about the scholarship or the Aqua Foundation.