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Dorothy Goodwin Application

The Dorothy Goodwin Scholars Program

For selected sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate women students and their faculty/staff mentors

Proposal Deadline: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dorothy Goodwin, educator, politician, world traveler, and family member, inspired women and girls to live beyond limitations - to exercise their full potential. She recognized, and modeled, that reaching one’s potential requires challenging opportunities, committed mentors, and financial support. It is in honor of her influence and with gratitude for the generosity of her and her friends that The Women’s Advancement Initiative offers the Dorothy Goodwin Scholars. The summer program and the academic-year program will follow the same application calendar.


Dorothy Goodwin Scholars will be creative self-starters who meet the following criteria:

  • Women students who will be sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students in the fall of 2017 at any school or college of the University of Hartford studying any academic discipline are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be in excellent academic standing (3.0 ≥ for over-all GPA; 3.5 ≥ for major).
  • Student(s) must propose an innovative scholarly research or creative project that will be explored in partnership with a University of Hartford faculty/staff mentor (adjunct faculty may participate).
  • Be available to work on the project for a minimum of 200 hours in fall 2017, spring 2018 or summer 2018. A strong preference will be given to applicants whose research will take place on campus.
  • Be available to attend additional events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Be available to present at The Women's Advancement Iniatiative Symposium during the spring 2018 semester.

Examples of possible projects: A student musician might explore the works of a little-known composer, crafting a performance bringing the life and works of the composer into greater public knowledge. A student scientist might pair with a faculty mentor in carrying out a particular set of experiments as an independent project or as one aspect of a greater research agenda; the results compiled into a poster session for a professional conference or a paper co-authored and submitted to an academic journal. A student sociologist might select a discrete social issue, designing an intervention that might be implemented, measured and evaluated.

Award Detail

Selected student applicants will receive a total award package of $2,500 - $ 5,000 payable in two installments. 75% of award will be payable at start of scholarship period and 25% of award will be made upon completion and presentation of the project. This includes submission of updates for Women’s Advancement’s social media and e-newsletters once a month, thank you letters to donors who make this program possible, and a completed final report.

Specific uses of the award will be reviewed with individual recipients, and may include scholarship dollars, project materials, travel, etc. In addition, Faculty mentors will also receive $500 toward professional development in recognition of their project oversight.

Application Process

Student applicants will submit the following:

  • Applicant name, address, ID number, email (University and personal), phone (cell), expected graduation date, college, and major
  • Transcript (unofficial copies will be accepted) and resumé
  • Narrative: In up to three double-spaced pages, please describe these elements of your proposed research or creative project:
  1. Scholarship Period: Select either Summer Award or Academic-Year Award
  2. Project Plan: What are the goals of your project? What role will you play in accomplishing these goals?
  3. Project Timetable: When, and in what sequence, will project activities take place?
  4. Personal Goals: What do you anticipate learning from the research project, and the mentoring of your faculty partner? How does this connect with your future plans? How will receiving this scholarship make a difference in your life?
  5. Financial Plan: Awards of $2,500-$5,000 are available to Dorothy Goodwin Scholars. What uses do you anticipate for this award, both personal and project-related?

Faculty mentors will submit the following:

  • Mentor name, ID number, address, email, phone, college, department, and faculty rank
  • Current short form curriculum vitae
  • Narrative: In up to three double-spaced pages, please describe the following:
  1. Project Plan: What are your goals for this project? What role will you play in accomplishing these goals; what role do you anticipate the student researcher will play? Does this proposed project relate to your own area of expertise or research? If so, how?
  2. Project Timetable: Confirm timetable of project included in student’s submission (timing and sequence of project activities).
  3. Mentoring Goals: How will you collaborate with your student researcher? What do you anticipate offering to the student, and learning from the student?

Proposal Review

Proposals will be judged by a committee representing the Board of The Women’s Advancement
Initiative; University of Hartford faculty; Hartford College for Women Alumnae, faculty and staff; and/or community leaders. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality of project narratives
  • Originality of research or creative project
  • Feasibility of research or creative project
  • Student’s availability to participate in academic-year programming
  • Student applicants’ capacity to contribute to and benefit from mentor partnership
  • Faculty mentors’ capacity to contribute to and benefit from mentee partnership

Applicants will receive a response from the committee by December 15, 2017.

Additional Requirements

Student participants will be expected to participate in periodic workshops and advising sessions with staff and volunteers of The Women’s Advancement Initiative that will enhance their experience. Additionally, students will be expected to take an online Meyers-Briggs Index and to have a one on one meeting with a volunteer career/life counselor to learn how to use this assessment. These workshops and sessions will take place between February 2017 and May 2017.

All Dorothy Goodwin Scholars will publicly present their projects at the Dorothy Goodwin Symposium (Spring 2017). If students choose to also present at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Colloquium (in April of every year) the support of The Women’s Advancement Initiative in underwriting their project should be included in Power Point or other presentations and publicly acknowledged at presentations.

Students are required to monthly updates including a short project update (one or two paragraphs) and photos of project’s development to appear in Women’s Advancement’s social media and various publications. Participants and faculty mentors will submit a final report on their research  with a thank you letter to the donors who make this scholarship possible. Students will receive the second part of their financial stipend after they present their project at the Dorothy Goodwin Symposium in spring of 2018, submit their final report and write their thank you letter. 

Submit completed proposals via email to Proposal assistance is available by contacting Amy Jaffe Barzach at or 860.768.5471.