Women's Center Scholarships

Application Deadlines

We will accept applications beginning March 16; the deadline is 5:00 pm April 17.

The Women’s Center of UNO administers the following scholarships, “workships”, and book awards. Click on the titles below to download each application form.

The Virginia Rosanne Amato Memorial Scholarship

The Virginia Rosanne Amato Memorial Scholarship is available to female students registered at UNO, who have completed at least one year of college. The scholarship is being offered in honor and remembrance of Virginia Rosanne Amato, who was killed in an accident while studying abroad in 1996 at the age of 20. The scholarship is intended to acknowledge hard work, ambition, and motivation on the part of the recipient, not simply academic success. The scholarship will provide in-state tuition, fees, and a book stipend at UNO to the recipient for the number of full-time semesters remaining until scheduled graduation. This scholarship is advertised in the Spring and awarded in the Fall.

Mrs. Amato explains, "Virginia's life was of the finest quality, and we are proud to be her parents. Her presence impacted many people. Now we would like to honor her memory by using resources available in her Foundation, which was established at the time of her death, to provide a positive impact in others' lives. Virginia was extremely focused and self-driven; she was adventurous and strong, overcoming personal fears to achieve the goals that she had set for herself. We want to extend the Virginia Rosanne Amato Memorial Scholarship to other women with those qualities of motivation, ambition and fortitude."

An applicant must:

  • be a registered female undergraduate at UNO, 21 years of age or older
  • have completed at least 24 hours of college courses in the past two years, with a 2.0 GPA
  • demonstrate financial need
  • exhibit academic dedication

A recipient must:

  • continue to maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • complete her degree within the number of semesters indicated on her application
  • maintain full-time status (no less than 12 hours a regular semester) upon receipt of the scholarship

UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science

This scholarship was founded by BSCS alumni Sabrina D. Farmer in 1995. It is awarded twice a year and can be received twice by a single recipient. As a woman in Computer Science it can feel like you are outnumbered and sometimes alone, but there are many women wishing you success and hope you join them in the very rewarding career a Computer Science degree can bring

“There were many times I questioned my abilities as a Computer Scientist while in school. The thought of changing paths occurred several times. In the last 15 years I’ve had an incredibly rewarding career that has included working with some of the best and brightest and traveling the world. I’m currently at Google and constantly finding challenges and problems to solve. This scholarship was created to encourage women to stick with this career because while there are challenges, the rewards are tremendous.”

An applicant must:

  • be a female registered full-time at the University of New Orleans
  • be enrolled with a major or minor in the department of Computer Science
  • be enrolled in or completed CS2125
  • exhibit dedication to the field of Computer Science

Award will consist of:

  • up to $3000 per semester for tuition and books.
  • up to 1 year mentoring from founder Sabrina Farmer, Engineering Manager Google (optional)

The Zonta Club Of New Orleans Workship

The Zonta Club is an international organization of women working to improve the status of women and the quality of women’s lives. They are particularly committed to improving women’s health and education throughout the world. The Zonta Club “Workship” provides partial in-state tuition for an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans. In exchange, the recipient completes an internship in the Women’s Center. The “workship” project is directly linked to meeting the needs of returning women students and building on the unique strengths of this student population.

Applicants must:

  • be a registered, non-traditional (25 years of age or above) woman student at UNO 
  • be an undergraduate working on a first bachelor's degree
  • be an undergraduate who has completed at least 24 hours of college courses
  • be in full-time standing (no less than 12 hours) upon receipt of the scholarship
  • maintain at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • demonstrate financial need
  • exhibit academic dedication in the face of hardship

Book Scholarships

The Jacquelene (Jackie) Seal Book Award

The Jacquelene (Jackie) Seal Book Award is offered by the UNO Student Support Services (SSS) program and provides $250 to a woman student. Preference is given to applicants who are current and active participants with the SSS program. Jackie was a very active student with SSS. Days before her scheduled May 2000 graduation, she became a fatal victim of domestic violence. The SSS program offers this award in memory of Jackie and her strong commitment to succeed academically in the face of many hardships. This academic year, one award will be offered each semester, fall and spring. A student may receive this award for only one semester.

Shades Of Black Book Award

The Shades of Black Book Award provides $250 to a woman student of African descent. The Shades of Black Book Club consists of twelve members connected by family and friendship, some of whom attended the University of New Orleans. In celebration of the power of literacy and academic accomplishments, this award is given to a deserving student in the Spring Semester only.

Each applicant for any of the above book awards must:

  • be a registered woman student at the University of New Orleans
  • be an undergraduate student
  • be in full- or part-time standing (no less than six hours)
  • demonstrate financial need
  • demonstrate academic commitment (must not be on academic probation)
  • exhibit academic dedication in the face of hardship.


Submitting Your Application

Gather your letters of recommendation first, before faculty members leave for the summer. If you are applying for more than one scholarship, ask the people writing your letters to address each letter to each specific scholarship. You may submit one overall application for the book awards, but you must submit an individual application package complete with recommendation letters and copies of your transcript (unofficial midterm grades are required for application; official transcripts will be required before any money is awarded), for each other scholarship for which you apply. You may ask your college adviser to print out unofficial Webstar transcripts for you in place of purchasing them from the Registrar.

All scholarship and book award applications are due no later than April 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Make and save a copy of your application and supporting documents before submitting each application in a large envelope marked with your name and the name of the scholarship for which you are applying. Submit your application packets at the Women's Center in the Earl K. Long Library, Room 201.