The University Women's Association typically awards four or more scholarships every year from the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Endowment Fund. Awards are generally between $1,500 and $3,000 each. Scholarship recipients are determined by an evaluation committee and are based on a student's academic scholarship and financial need. Deadlines and requirements for applications may be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.
We generate funds for scholarships in several ways, but our most successful fundraising events by far have been the very popular UWA scholarship cruises. Since 1992, we have sponsored 20 cruises, most recently from Barcelona to Copenhagen. Each cruise has had at least a dozen participants, one more than 50, and the cruises have generated as much as $6,000 apiece for scholarships. We have traveled to the far corners of the world on scholarship cruises--to Alaska, Scandinavia, South America, Australia and New Zealand, through the Panama Canal, several trips to the Caribbean and Mexico, Istanbul to Athens, and the Mediterranean ports in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. The 2016 cruise will be our third visit to Tahiti. Depending on the cruise line, an amount equivalent to the cost of one passenger fare is donated to the scholarship fund for every 12 - 16 people who sign up. You do not need to be a member of the University Women’s Association to participate – the more people who sail with us, the more dollars we generate for scholars.
The People Behind the Scholarship
The University Women's Association scholarships are named for some extraordinary people who believed in the importance of a quality education and dedicated much of their lives to furthering that cause through their service to the university and its students.
The Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Fund was renamed in honor of Gloria Spencer following her death in October 2006. Gloria was a long-time member of the UWA, serving as President from 1984-86 and 1989-93. The scholarship endowment fund was initiated during her presidency, and she was the first and only scholarship chair and primary spokesperson for this cause for more than two decades.
Largely because of her tireless efforts and dedication, the fund grew to nearly $98,000 in her lifetime. Gloria's goal was to be able to provide scholarships each year from the interest alone, thus ensuring a permanent source of support for promising SFSU students in need of financial support. That goal has been met. Gloria's husband, Tom Spencer, joined the Psychology Department faculty at SFSU in 1964 and is now an Emeritus Faculty member. In Gloria's memory, Professor Spencer serves on the UWA Scholarship Committee.
Beginning Fall Semester, 2008, one scholarship each year has been designated as the Robert and Noreen Stollberg Scholarship. Noreen, a member of the UWA, believes that education can transform lives in many positive ways. She established this scholarship in memory of her husband, Robert Stollberg, a faculty member in Physics & Astronomy from 1949 - 1980. During his tenure, he attained the rank of full professor and served as Department Chair, Associate Dean and Acting Dean. Noreen is proud to participate in the UWA scholarship program, helping SFSU students achieve their academic goals.