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Department of Women's Studies


Friends of Women's Studies, the community support group for the Women's Studies Department, has provided the funds for two endowed scholarships for women's studies students in honor of three faculty members central to the success of Women's Studies at Old Dominion University.

Carolyn Rhodes Scholarship
This scholarship, offered to an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Women's Studies, is given in honor of Dr. Carolyn Rhodes, Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, who was the guiding force behind the establishment of Women's Studies at the University and has remained its most ardent and loyal supporter. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need, attend school full time, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

Nancy Topping Bazin Scholarship
In 1999, Friends of Women's Studies launched a new graduate scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Nancy Topping Bazin's distinguished career at Old Dominion University, which began when she arrived in 1978 to serve as Director of Women's Studies. Under Dr. Bazin's leadership, the fledgling Women's Studies Program not only expanded from six to over three dozen interdisciplinary courses per year, but also inaugurated the first cluster of graduate courses in Women's Studies at Old Dominion University. In the spirit of Dr. Bazin's vision, the Nancy Topping Bazin Graduate Scholarship Fund enables more young people and returning students to pursue graduate studies that will make them leaders in their communities as individuals who offer the perspectives and knowledge unique to women's studies scholars. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in Women's Studies or any graduate student seeking a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. The award can go to a full- or part-time student.

Anita Clair Fellman Service-Learning Scholarship
In 2008, we endowed the Anita Clair Fellman Service-Learning Scholarship as a tribute to Dr. Fellman’s 20 years of impassioned teaching, research and mentoring at Old Dominion University. This scholarship supports students who take active parts in serving communities as a central component of their educational experience.  Recipients of this scholarship are supported in their endeavors to study in international settings, or to develop service projects that strengthen local communities.  In the spirit of Dr. Fellman’s career in women’s studies, this scholarship is intended to support students’ visions of contributing to the broader enhancement of women’s and girls’ lives throughout the world.