Many academic departments and programs award funds, prizes, and or awards to majors and graduating seniors. We have listed some of them here.

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies offers two prizes/awards, one in the fall (Leah Freed Memorial Prize) and one in the spring (Phyllis Jones Memorial Award).

The Phyllis Jones Memorial Award

The Phyllis Jones Fund was established through gifts from students, colleagues, and friends of Phyllis Jones (1945-1982). Phyllis Jones was a member of the English Department and Chair of the Women's Studies Committee during its first four formative years. She contributed bravely and profoundly to the education and growth of women in the college and community.

This annual award in her name recognizes and honors student work in areas related to Phyllis Jones's interests: women writers, minority women, women in the community, and the integration of personal and professional goals for women.


Application deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017at 12pm
The Phyllis Jones Memorial Award Application Fall 2017 


The Leah Deborah Freed ‘77 Memorial Award honors the life of Leah Deborah Freed (1954-1986), a pioneer student in the Program of Women's Studies at Oberlin College. In her Oberlin career, Leah Freed was known for her outstanding research on Doris Stevens ’11, an Oberlin alumna who served as the vice-president of the National Women’s Party and who was an outspoken activist for women’s suffrage, labor reform, and legal equality for both sexes. 

The Leah Freed Memorial prize is awarded to support engagement in student research and creative work related to the core concerns of the GSFS Institute.  Support is available for proposals involving students in research, creative work, performance, or other academic project. Awards of up to $600 are available to defray costs of a project, including travel to and from a research site, interviewing, supplies, performance costs, equipment rental, etc.