PLU Women's Center

Katherine Kandel and Elizabeth Oleksak Scholarship

Applications are currently being accepted. Submission deadline is April 24 @ 5pm.

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.

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.

20th Anniversary Gala

Elizabeth Brusco

Dr. Elizabeth Brusco speaks at the Women’s Center’s 20th Anniversary Gala on March 22, 2010.

picture of Elizabeth Brusco with mom and grandmother

Past Recipients:

2010-2011 Recipient: Lauren Fuglevand (Biology)
2011-2012 Recipient: Audrey Lewis (Chinese Studies & WMGS)
2012-2013 Recipient: Malia Oshiro (Secondary Education)
2013-2014 Recipients: Jenny Taylor (Hispanic Studies) and Leslie Ducay (Communications–Public Relations)
2014-2015 Recipient: Lauren Mendez (Political Science)