O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Awards

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About Dr. McQuown

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida announces the following O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Awards. The amount of the awards given each year varies depending on the amount released to the committee. The awards range in size from $300 to $10,000. The purpose of the scholarship is to honor outstanding students. O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship summary (PDF).

The McQuown awards will be made on a competitive basis to students in the fields of Humanities (e.g., Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Religion, and Languages), Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology), Individual Interdisciplinary Studies (that include social sciences or humanities), and Women’s Studies.

Undergraduate Awards

For undergraduates, awards of varying amounts will be available. In recent years, awards have ranged from $500 to $3,000. The deadline for applications is February 23 of each year.

Graduate Awards for Current Students

A substantial monetary award will be made to a graduate student (Masters or Doctoral level) who has completed at least one semester of graduate work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (see appropriate Departments above). Additional awards of varying amounts to supplement assistantships will also be given. Deadline for submission to my office is February 22 of each year.

All applications, including two letters of recommendation and an essay paper, must be submitted together by the deadline.

Please submit complete applications electronically to by the deadline. Only emailed submissions will be accepted. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately by email directly to

Successful applicants must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement in one or more of the qualifying disciplines. Among other qualifications, reviewers will favorably consider, regardless of an applicant's own race or gender: (1) an applicant's commitment to break down barriers, create a welcoming environment, and include individuals who are racial minorities or women (or otherwise reflect broad diversity) in academic, co-curricular, and/or research endeavors; (2) an applicant's success in overcoming barriers—or helping others to overcome barriers (including low socio-economic background)—to academic achievement; and (3) an applicant's commitment to contribute to the student's university, local or larger community. We will holistically and individually assess applicants under all criteria to select those students who best qualify.

For further information contact:

Mary Watt
Associate Dean
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2014 Turlington Hall
P.O. Box 117300
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel. (352) 392-2230
Fax (352) 392-3584

About Dr. McQuown

To those who had the privilege of knowing Dr. O. Ruth McQuown, she is remembered as follows:

In memory of this friend and colleague (1920-1984), the O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Award has been established to aid scholars who best exemplify her values, achievements, and commitment to social issues (including addressing issues and fostering opportunities for women, racial minorities and those of low socio-economic background).

These scholarships are made possible through the private donations of numerous friends of O. Ruth McQuown, the estate of O. Ruth McQuown and of her sister, Johanna Watts, and matching funds from the State of Florida.

Each awardee’s name will be inscribed on a plaque that will be displayed in Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research in Ustler Hall.

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2014 Turlington Hall
P.O Box 117300
Gainesville FL 32611
P: 352.392.0780
F: 352.392.3584