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Annual Undergraduate Awards

The Cynthia Walker Peña Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies 

Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender (Alternating Years: Next Deadline in 2022)

The Cynthia Walker Peña Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies
This scholarship, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, honors the memory of Cynthia Walker Peña, who worked in Dean Robert King’s office in the College of Liberal Arts from 1979-1981. The Cynthia Walker Peña Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies is awarded annually to an undergraduate student in good standing who has earned distinction in Women's and Gender Studies scholarship and service (with an emphasis on service). The scholarship will be presented at the CWGS annual spring awards reception and recipient is expected to attend.

Students interested in applying must complete an online application (link below) that includes:

  • A description of your academic development and growth as a scholar/activist. What WGS course did you find to be a transformative part of your educational experience and why?
  • A description of a service or community experience that has had the most impact on your growth as a scholar activist
  • Submission of a resume.

*The online application only provides 100 lines maximum. Double-spacing is not necessary.

Questions? Please email

Deadline: July 1, 2021 at 11:59pm
Link to Peña Scholarship Application:


Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender (2022)
This scholarship, co-sponsored by the Department of English, is an annual award created in memory of former UT Austin colleague, Lora Romero. The award alternates between undergraduate and graduate student recipients. The 2022 award will be given to an undergraduate student. The award recognizes students who are investigating the intersections between race, ethnicity and gender. The award will be presented at the CWGS annual spring awards reception.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time UT Austin undergraduate student in good standing.

Students interested in applying must complete an online application. The research paper*, including sources/references/bibliography page, should be submitted as a PDF file (the file name should be "[YourLastName]-[CurrentYear]Romero.pdf"). Submit the paper via email (message subject must read: Romero PDF, [Your UT EID]). Email to the Only original, single-author works will be considered. Papers should be typed and double-space, unless submitting a published article.

*Submit a scholarly research paper on a topic that contributes to increased understanding of the intersections between race, ethnicity and gender.  (Include footnotes, sources and/or bibliography). 

Deadline: TBD 2022
Questions? Please email


Previous Recipients for the Cynthia Walker Peña Award in Women's and Gender Studies
2017-2018    Khamsin L. Meadows
2016-2017    Jeanette Celine Pacheco
2015-2016    Marilyn Nicole Adams
2014-2015    Katelyn "Katie" Burran
2014-2015    Andy Escobar
2013-2014    Karen Duke
2012-2013    Rebecca Besaw
2011-2012    Julie Bolanos
2010-2011    Darcy Kues
2009-2010    Jamie Doak
2009-2010    Maggie Cheu
2008-2009    Sara Haji
2006-2007    Katherine Burk
2005-2006    Anya Rous
2000-2001    Mary E. Sylvester
1999-2000    Gina Velasco
1998-1999    Katherine Aldridge
1996-1997    Laura Helton


Previous Recipients for the Lora Romero Memorial Award for Interdisciplinary Research in Race, Ethnicity and Gender

2017-2018    Zaria El-Fil: Sexual Exploitation and Resistance of Enslaved Women”
2016-2017   William Mosley: Can the ATLien Speak? Gender, Race, and Politics of Performance in Contemporary Hip Hop
2014-2015    Alfred Martin, PhD Student, Radio-Television-Film:  Scripting Black Gayness: Television
Authorship in Black-Cast Sitcoms
2013-2014    Oluwakanyinsola ("Kanyinsola") Oluwademilade  Obayan: State Violence, Radical Protest and the black/African Female Body
2012-2013    Brandon Robinson, PhD Student, Sociology: 'The Beauty of Online Dating’: Quotidian
Practices of Sexual Racism on a Gay Dating Site
2011-2012    Wanjira Wurimi: The Construction of "Disposable" in the Disposable Woma
2010-2011    Ganiva Reyes: "It's not because I wanted it...I knew I wasn't ready": Young Mothering Teens in the Borderlands Speak Out About the Pressures of Sex, Love and Relationships
2009-2010    Harmony Eichsteadt: The (re)Production of Slaves: Why Our Economy Depends on the Incarceration of Pregnant Black Women
2008-2009    Jennifer Karas Montez: Race and Ethnic Differences in Health Insurance Coverage Among
Women: The Intersecting Roles of Employment, Marriage and Motherhood
2008-2009    Anna Stewart Kerr: Revising “Harriet Jacobs"
2006-2007    Nicki Alam: The Impact of International Justice Mechanism on Ethnic Conflict in Northern
2006-2007    Reena Patel: Working the Night Shift: Gender and the Global Economy
2005-2006    Scottie Buehler: Contraception and Identity Construction: Family Planning Policy in Egypt
2002-2003    Yolanda Escobar-Rodriguez:  Race, Resistance, and Urban Politics from a Cinema
2001-2002    Geeti Mahajan: Iran 2001
2000-2001    Jen'nan Ghazal Read: Coming to America: Ethnicity, Culture, and Labor Force Participation among Arab-American Women
1999-2000    Daniela Bwyer

Other Scholarship Sources

Here are a few resources to browse every semester for scholarships:

The College of Liberal Arts Scholarship Page, Texas Exes, Global Assist, Liberal Arts Honors, Office of Student Financial Services, Texas Scholarships, Departmental Scholarships, more from the UT Financial Aid Office, Scholarship Search Engines, and the UT Provost Undergraduate Awards

Don't forget to apply to federal financial aid via the FAFSA to see if you are eligible for any need-based aid or grants.

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