Ann Hoyt Award for the Study of Cooperative Associations
Thanks to the dedication of Professor Emerita Ann Hoyt and her colleagues in the Department of Consumer Science, the School of Human Ecology has had a long association with cooperative businesses and organizations. In honor of Dr. Hoyt’s impact on the field, and in order to continue to advance research, teaching, and outreach related to cooperatives, SoHE has designated the Cooperatives Initiatives Fund to support graduate student education, research, and professional development in this area. This includes scholarship around credit unions. Awards are available to recognize graduate students’ pursuit of research, outreach activities, or further knowledge related to cooperative businesses or associations in all sectors, both domestic and international. Students are encouraged to connect with the UW Center for Cooperatives for additional resources.
This award provides up to $1,500 each year in two categories: (1) Student research, outreach, and other scholarship (including efforts to build new collaborations and/or support for ongoing activities) and (2) Conference travel to present scholarship or to gain professional training.
SoHE MS, MFA, or PhD graduate student in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress
Students may apply to one of the following categories:
Student research, outreach, and other scholarship – $1,500
Students may request funds to begin or continue research, outreach, or scholarship related to cooperatives. To apply for this category, please submit a summary of the following (no more than 3 pages):
- Describe the nature, purpose, and significance of the planned or ongoing research, outreach, and/or community-based scholarship relating to cooperatives. If ongoing, describe achieved results. If this is new scholarship, discuss anticipated results.
- If the proposed work is a joint project, describe the nature of your contribution to the project.
- Describes the relevancy of the work (i.e. How does this work enhance or contribute to a cooperative organization?)
- Budget outlining how money is used to support student time or cover the cost of research, outreach and scholarship activities
- A confidential letter of support from the faculty advisor
Conference travel – Up to $1,500
Students may submit a request to attend a conference or similar professional development opportunity that includes:
- Statement on how the conference relates to the student’s career goals or professional development
- Description of how the proposed activity enhances cooperative organizations
- Itemized conference travel budget
Applications are evaluated and ranked by the SoHE Graduate Program Committee. Applications will be evaluated based on the clarity and quality of materials, as well as the overall impact and significance of the work described. Conference travel applications will be evaluated on the extent to which the student’s participation in the proposed conference will enhance both cooperative organizations and the student’s own professional development.