2010 Scholarship Winners
2010 Betsy Thomas Gender Equity Scholarship recipients
About the Scholarship:
This scholarship honors the memory of Betsy Thomas, who served as the director of the Women’s Center from 1985-1997, and who passed away in 2007. This award is given to students who, like Betsy, work on behalf of gender equity and social justice issues on campus. Each student will receive $1,000 deposited into their bursar's account in the fall.
Dawn has inspirational levels of dedication, ambition, motivation, creativity, and a never-ending positive attitude. A first-generation, non-traditional student with veteran status, she has a work ethic and trueness of heart that rivals most. Since coming to the University of Idaho in 2007, Dawn has been actively involved in a wide variety of on- and off-campus activities. She has spent countless hours researching, fundraising and baking for, speaking at, attending, and coordinating events to raise awareness and funding for issues affecting non-traditional students, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and women. She has worked and volunteered at the Emmanuel Community Garden, helping to create accessible plots for senior citizens and people with disabilities. She has been involved with the U of I Gay-Straight Alliance, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, the U of I Women’s Center, and the American Fisheries Society, as well as dedicating time to work one-on-one with individuals in need. A full-time student, Dawn has managed to attend classes, work with these numerous associations, and volunteer countless hours of her time, as well as make time for her family and friends. Her tireless activism makes her a truly deserving candidate for the 2010 Betsy Thomas Gender Equity Scholarship Award.
John is a Studio Art major minoring in Graphic Design. For the past year, he has interned with the University of Idaho Women’s Center, developing original, high-quality promotional and educational materials, posters, and flyers for important events like Walk a Mile In Her Shoes and The Vagina Monologues. He has given freely and generously of his time to develop print materials, websites, and original graphics and logos for groups and events that raise awareness of critical social issues, such as sexism and misogyny, sexual violence, non-traditional student concerns, community-based holistic care, and arts enrichment programs. He is deeply committed to social equity and community development, volunteering countless hours while attending classes full-time and also holding down a managerial position with Campus Dining. John has designed superior graphics for the U of I Women’s Center and LGBTQA Office, the Department of Art & Design’s Summer Art Programs, the student organizations Mothers Father Scholars and the Feminist Alliance, the Northwest Wellness & Nutrition Center, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, and Rendezvous in the Park. His willingness to continually give selflessly of his time and talents to benefit a large number of gender justice causes make him a natural choice to receive the 2010 Betsy Thomas Gender Equity Scholarship Award.