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Charlotte Brozer Shapiro Scholarship in Women’s Studies

The Charlotte Brozer Shapiro Scholarship in Women’s Studies is awarded to a student majoring in women’s studies.

The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is proud to announce the Charlotte Brozer Shapiro Scholarship in Women’s Studies. The inaugural award was given in Fall 2019.

Mindy S. Shapiro ’82 has established a fund to provide merit-based scholarships for students in the department's BA, doctoral program, and undergraduate certificate to honor the legacy of her mother, Charlotte Brozer Shapiro. It is Mindy Shapiro’s hope that the students who benefit from the Charlotte Brozer Shapiro scholarship demonstrate not only a lifelong love of learning, but also the ability to help others, just as UMCP and the Department instilled in her.

The Charlotte Brozer Shapiro scholarship is a merit-based scholarship in the amount of $2,000 that will be awarded annually each Fall to at least one student in the department's Women, Gender, and Sexuality or Women's Studies programs.

A First in Women’s Studies

Mindy Shapiro ’82 was a trailblazer in women’s studies at Maryland, earning the first undergraduate degree in the field, back when Maryland’s department was a young program.

Today, the self-described Jewish feminist and nonprofit leader is behind another milestone, making a $60,000 gift to create the first merit-based scholarship in the Department.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Student must be a declared Undergraduate major or Ph.D. student in the department or declared in the undergraduate certificate in Women's Studies or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • Minimum major GPA of 3.0 and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Preference will be given to students with junior or senior class standing
  • Preference will be given to students who are pursuing Jewish or Religious Studies

Material Required

  • Unofficial UMD transcript
  • Resume or list of activities and awards
  • A two-page, double spaced essay. Topic: What impact has majoring in women’s studies had on you? How will you use your women’s studies major to effect social change and help others?
  • If relevant: An additional 100-word statement describing your coursework in Jewish or religious studies and related academic or co-curricular activities

Submission Guidelines

  • Applications due October 4, 2021
  • Please submit all materials in a single, combined PDF file to
  • For more information, please contact Gwen Warman at, or call (301) 405-6877