The Katherine Kandel and Elizabeth Oleksak Scholarship for the Women's Center was established in March 2010 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PLU Women's Center and Women's & Gender Studies Program. The scholarship shines light on the immense importance and influence of women in community, especially those women who have been invisible in the history of our society.
The scholarship represents a belief that power and influence should not be limited by gender, race, sexuality, class or access to education. Each spring the scholarship will be awarded to a PLU student committed to support the mission of the Women's Center through research or programming. Recipients include: Lauren Fuglevand (2010-11) and Audrey Lewis (2011-12).
The scholarship is named in honor of Katherine Kandel and Elizabeth Oleksak, the grandmothers of PLU Professor and founding Chair of the PLU Women's Studies Program, Dr. Elizabeth Brusco.