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The University Women's Association typically awards three or more scholarships every year from the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Endowment Fund. Awards are generally between $1,000 and $1,500 each. Scholarship recipients are determined by an evaluation committee and are based on a student's academic scholarship and financial need. Deadlines and requirements for applications may be found on the Student Financial Aid website, www.sfsu.edu/~finaid/scholarships/.

We generate funds for scholarships in several ways, but our most successful fundraising events by far are the very popular UWA scholarship cruises. Since 1992, we have sponsored 19 cruises, most recently from Barcelona to Copenhagen. Each cruise has had at least a dozen participants, one more than 50-and the cruises have generated between $1,000 and $6,000 each year for scholarships. We have traveled to the far corners of the world on scholarship cruises-to Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Greece, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Depending on the cruise line, an amount equivalent to the cost for one passenger fare is donated to the scholarship fund for every 16 people who sign up.

The People Behind the Scholarship

The University Women's Association scholarships are named for some extraordinary people who believed in the importance of a quality education and dedicated much of their lives to furthering that cause through their service to the university and its students.

The Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Fund was renamed in honor of Gloria Spencer following her death in October, 2006. Gloria was a long-time member of the UWA, serving as President from 1984-86 and 1989-93. The scholarship endowment fund was initiated during her presidency, and she was the first and only scholarship chair and primary spokesperson for this cause for more than two decades. Largely because of her tireless efforts and dedication, the fund grew to nearly $98,000 in her lifetime. Gloria's goal was to be able to provide scholarships each year from the interest alone, thus ensuring a permanent source of support for promising SFSU students in need of financial support. That goal has been met. Gloria's husband, Tom Spencer, joined the Psychology Department faculty at SFSU in 1964. He continues to teach in the department today. In Gloria's memory, Professor Spencer serves as a member of the UWA Scholarship Committee.

Beginning Fall Semester, 2008, one scholarship each year has been designated as the Robert and Noreen Stollberg Scholarship. Noreen, a member of the UWA, believes that education can transform lives in many positive ways. She established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Robert Stollberg, a faculty member in Physics & Astronomy from 1949 - 1980. During his tenure, he attained the rank of full professor and served as Department Chair, Associate Dean and Acting Dean. Noreen is proud to participate in the UWA scholarship program, helping SFSU students achieve their academic goals.