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Leadership Development

Women's Leadership Awards

There are six University Women's Leadership Awards that are presented annually to women of the University community who have distinguished themselves through their achievements, service, and contributions to the common good.

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The Awards

Susan B. Anthony Scholarship

Susan B. Anthony

Sponsored by the Women's Club of the University of Rochester, this scholarship is awarded to two undergraduate female juniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment in co-curricular activities and academic achievement. This need-b

ased scholarship is applied to the recipient's senior-year financial aid package; applications will only be sent to students with financial need as determined by the financial aid office.


Susan B. Anthony Prize

Susan B. Anthony

Awarded annually by the Women's Club of the University of Rochester, this prize is given to a senior enrolled in a five-year program (such as the fifth year in teaching, Take 5, 3+2, etc.) for her outstanding participation and leadership in extracurricular activities and academic achievement. The award may be given to current fifth-year students or students about to enter their fifth-year program.


Jane R. Plitt Award

Jane Plitt

Given to any part- or full-time female undergraduate, the recipient of this award displays exceptional leadership and community service on behalf of women. The student must also demonstrate a sincere commitment to attaining equal rights for women through her activities and involvements. Academic achievement is not a necessary condition in deciding who is to be recognized.


Fannie Bigelow Prize

Fannie R. Bigelow

This prize is presented to an upper-year undergraduate chosen on the basis of her individuality and ability to form and express fearlessly, with conviction and sound judgment, her own opinions on vital topics. 


Dean Ruth A. Merrill Award

Dean Ruth Merrill

Sponsored by the University of Rochester Class of 1960 “City Girls,” inspired by Dean Ruth A. Merrill (dean of women, 1954–1960), this award is presented to an undergraduate woman who has grown up in the Greater Rochester region. The recipient of this award is an ardent advocate for the Rochester region and participates in University and community activities that promote the overall well-being of the residents of Rochester. She seeks to address the disparity of opportunities that currently exists for many people, and to make a difference through her own civic commitment and that of other University students she engages in the work. (This need-based award will be presented at the annual Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner; applications will only be sent to students with financial need as defined by the financial aid office.)


The Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award

Sue S. Stewart

The Sue S. Stewart Award, made annually, recognizes a senior undergraduate woman whose life in the University has been distinguished by a commitment to justice, equality, and community service, as these relate to diversity and inclusion.

The student’s work will reflect the spirit of these principles and dedication to these qualities as expressed and inspired by the life and career of former senior vice president and general counsel of the University of Rochester, Sue Stewart. Qualifications also include a proven record of high academic achievement, and expressed ambitions and interest in professional careers of service to others, including the legal profession.