The Luverne Walton Scholarship

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 the Women Studies Program (now the Women's and Gender Studies Department) at MU and to gender equity on the MU campus.

In keeping with Luverne Walton's contributions to MU, the scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to the study of women and to gender equity.

The first Luverne Walton scholarship was awarded for the 1999-2000 academic year. While substantial funds have been raised, fundraising efforts are ongoing at this time. 

Scholarship Applications

The Women's and Gender Studies Department awards an annual Luverne Walton Scholarship to an outstanding University of Missouri undergraduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to the study of women's/gender issues and to gender equity. The scholarship is awarded in the spring, and the application process is currently closed.

Scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced here, on our announcements page, and through our department listservs.

Giving to the Walton Scholarship Fund

Women's and Gender Studies is actively soliciting contributions to the Luverne Walton Scholarship fund. This scholarship is designed to support undergraduate students at MU who have demonstrated an academic commitment to the study of women's issues and to gender equity.

Our current goal for the Luverne Walton fund is $100,000.

To make a gift or annual pledge to the Luverne Walton Scholarship Fund, you may contact Women's and Gender Studies for a pledge form, or send a check payable to "The MU Luverne Walton Scholarship" to:

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

Giving Online

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

To learn more about giving to the Department, please contact us:

Department of Women's and Gender Studies
325 Arvarh E. Strickland Hall 
Columbia, MO 65211-4130 
phone: 573-882-2703
fax: 573-884-1563
general inquirieshortontj@missouri.edu

For more information about giving, please visit the College of Arts and Science Giving site.

Luverne Walton Biography

Luverne Walton joined the MU faculty in 1966, the same year in which she received her Ph.D. in German from Indiana University in Bloomington. By 1968, she was Associate Professor of German with tenure, and she chaired the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies from 1968-69 and again from 1972-74. During those years, she also chaired the very first Status of Women Committee at MU (in the College of Arts and Science) which did so much to raise the salaries of women faculty who had been victims of gender discrimination.

She went on to chair the newly established Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, and her important and courageous committee work on behalf of women faculty, staff, and students became a model for many of the faculty who subsequently served on or chaired committees responsible for gender equity at MU.

In 1974, Dr. Walton was appointed Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, and served from 1977 until 1981. With this appointment she became the first woman at MU to hold a regular appointment in the central administration. She soon became known for striving for perfection, being sensitive to the concerns of others, and making decisions that were objective and fair to all. This she accomplished without diminishing her advocacy for women's rights. For several years she headed the campus-wide review of recommendations for faculty promotion and tenure, a role that required great sensitivity and skill.

During her years in central administration, Dr. Walton also played a crucial role in the development of Women Studies at MU. Through her efforts, support for the Women Studies Program was consolidated in the Provost's Office, and Women Studies made the transition from an informal, "coordinated cafeteria" of women-related courses and activities to a coherent, academically-respected program with a full-time director. Later developments in the program – such as the hiring of faculty appointed in Women Studies, and the achievement of departmental status in 2007 – were possible only because of the solid foundation that Dr. Walton helped establish.

After leaving the Provost's Office, Dr. Walton served as Director of the MU Center for International Programs and Studies, a position that allowed her to extend her commitments to multi-disciplinary education into a global arena. Even after some years of retirement, she returned to MU in 1995-96 to serve as Assistant Director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology during a difficult transition period.

During and after her years at MU, Dr. Luverne Walton was frequently recognized and honored for her many forms of service to the University and particularly for her dedication to improving the status of women at MU and in the community. It is in remembrance of these efforts, in recognition of her courageous work on behalf of women, and in gratitude for her many contributions that the MU Women's and Gender Studies Department seeks to honor her with a scholarship in her name.