The Women’s and Gender Studies department has two undergraduate scholarships available to declared WGST majors. The Luverne Walton Scholarship is open to undergraduates committed to the study of gender and sexuality at MU. Travel Scholarships are available to Women’s and Gender Studies majors interested in Study Abroad programs and conference attendance. Scholarships range from $500-$1500.


Dr. Luverne Walton, (Savitar 1974, p. 225)

The Luverne Walton Scholarship in Women Studies

The Luverne Walton Scholarship in Women Studies was created in the fall of 1996 to recognize the contributions of Professor Walton to the establishment of women’s studies and to gender equity on the MU campus.

Eligibility and Application

The Women's and Gender Studies Department awards the Luverne Walton Scholarship to outstanding Mizzou Women's & Gender Studies majors who demonstrate an intellectual commitment to women’s and gender studies and/or issues of gender/sexual equity on campus or in the community. 

The annual application period is March 15-April 15.  

Applications must be submitted electronically via Scholarship Universe using the WGST application and includes a 500 word (or less) essay describing how the study of gender and sexuality has influenced the applicant’s academic career and/or activism on the MU campus or the Columbia community. 

Travel Scholarships

Women’s and Gender Studies provides support for a limited number of WGST Majors interested in attending a conference or enrolled in a study abroad/experiential learning course.

Conferences commonly attended by WGST students include:

NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders)

Creating Change

Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference

PLEN (Preparing Women to Lead) 

To Apply

Student’s interested in applying for a travel scholarship should fill out the Travel Scholarship application, including an essay explaining how this travel opportunity benefits your academic career.

Donating to WGST Scholarships

Luverne Walton

You can make a gift online to the department through donatetomu. At this secure giving site, choose "Other" as the fund you wish to support. Then in the "Gift Designation" box, enter the following:

  • Department of Women's and Gender Studies 
     Luverne Walton Scholarship Fund

Travel Scholarships

You can make a gift online to the department’s Excellence Fund through Mizzou Give Direct


Department of Women's and Gender Studies
325 Arvarh E. Strickland Hall 
Columbia, MO 65211-4130 
phone: 573-882-2703
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