Our Mission, Our Organization, and Our Hope

Our Mission
  • We are a group of women and men who are dedicated to the vision of creating a better community by supporting and encouraging students enrolled in the Women's Studies Program of Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
  • We believe when students are empowered through education they are prepared to take their place in society to make significant contributions that benefit everyone.

Our Organization

  • Community Friends of Women's Studies (CFWS) is an educational / charitable organization 501(c)(3) and is not a department or initiative of IPFW.  CFWS was founded on December 12, 2005.
  • A copy of our By-Laws with amendments may be found at the bottom of the page.

Our Hope

  • Take a moment to walk through our website. 

  • If you are moved to support CFWS your contribution as a volunteer, board member, fundraiser, donor, or mentor is gratefully appreciated!

Proudly in Support of Women's

2018 Annual Membership and Fund Drive
Dec 1 thru Feb 15

Matching Grant
on first $2,000!
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This has been a very eventful year for the Women's Studies Program (WOST) at IPFW that was impacted by the significant reorganization of IPFW whose approved plan will be completed in 2018.  There were times when the very existence of WOST was at risk.  But under the final plan, WOST has found a new home in the Political Science Department made possible by the personal sacrifices of Dr. Janet Badia and members of the Political Science Department. Another very important factor was the outreach, advocacy, and activism of the students,  alumnae and alumni of WOST who played a very important motivational role stimulating much needed inspiration and support at this pivotal point in WOST's history.  Despite the turbulence of fall 2016, WOST’s administrative merger with the Department of Political Science, and an overall 6% decline in university enrollments, the number of students enrolled in the WOST major at IPFW increased in fall 2017. Bravo to all.

CFWS wishes to thank all of those who make our support of WOST students possible and especially our very generous donors and members. We respectfully ask for your continuing support in 2018 through your donation, membership renewal, or new membership. Your membership and donation will go even further as we have arranged for a matching grant of the first $2,000. Our membership and fund drive begins December 1, 2017 and ends February 15, 2018.

Awards, Grants, Prizes: Overview
  • Community Friends of Women's Studies Scholarship: Community Friends of Women's Studies awards competitive scholarships to Women's Studies majors who have entered IPFW for the first time, who have newly declared Women's Studies as their major, or who are in the early stages of their coursework in Women's Studies. The scholarship amount is $200 for one semester with the possibility of renewal over the course of a student’s education up to $1600..  More Information
  • Education Means Everything Grants: The Education Means Everything Grants (EME) are for an unforeseen financial situation that is beyond the student's control which could prevent them from attending classes and who just needs a helping hand. The grant amount ranges from $25 -$100.  More Information
  • Linda C. Fox Merit Scholarship: The  scholarship for academic excellence is named in honor of Dr. Linda Fox, Faculty/Director Emerita, IPFW Women's Studies Program. Scholarships are awarded to as many students as meet the Award Criteria Standard. The exact amount of the scholarships are determined by the CFWS Board of Directors but have historically ranged from $400 to $700 per eligible student. More Information
  • Sharon Epperson Book Award:  The Sharon Epperson Book Award is offered to students enrolled in the IPFW Women’s Studies Program who are in financial need specifically for textbooks used in Women’s Studies classes.  It provides for up to $100 or one book, whichever is the larger value in book support.  More Information
  • The G. Carolyn Butler Meritorious Award is given in recognition of academic excellence or academic striving in special circumstances to exemplary Women's Studies students. It is named in honor of Carol Butler who was the co-founder of Community Friends of Women's Studies and served for over 10 years as its President. The award is an ad hoc discretionary award and amount that are recommended by WOST and approved by the Community Friends of Women's Studies (CFWS) Board of Directors. More Information
  • The Joan Daley Uebelhoer Outstanding Women’s Studies Major Award honors the student who represents the very best of Women’s Studies, including excellence in scholarship, a commitment to social justice, and activism on behalf of women.  Specific award amounts are determined by CFWS.  Typical award range is $250-$500. More Information
  • Women's Studies Outstanding Research Essay Prize: Best research paper written by a student in a Women's Studies Class. Administered through the Director of Women's Studies.  Prize award is $100. More Information

Tom Butler,
Dec 6, 2017, 6:58 AM