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I.  The Bruno Family Scholarship for Women's Studies
Yolanda and Francis Bruno have had a long and committed interest in issues and challenges facing women. "I've always been active in local politics and the women's movement," Yolanda explains, "and I want to help and encourage women to continue the efforts of generations of women by providing a scholarship that will enable one woman at a time to pursue an education in Women's Studies."

The Bruno Family Scholarship is offered to a Howard County woman who has been accepted in Howard Community College's Women's Studies Program and has financial need. This scholarship will assist one student for two years (up to $2000 annually) with tuition and books. The perfect candidate for this scholarship is sympathetic to and empathetic with women's issues and plans to use her education to advance the interests of women.

The Bruno Scholarship fund is administered by The Columbia Foundation in partnership with Howard Community College.

Scholarship Criteria:  All applicants for the Bruno Family Scholarship for Women's Studies at Howard Community College must be women and must:

1) Attend Howard Community College and pursue an A.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies.

2) Submit an essay of no more than 750 words.  Topics to be covered in the essay must include:

a. Origin of interest in Women's Studies
b. Educational Plans
c. Career Goals
d. What impact this scholarship will have on educational plans and career goals
e. Activities and service related to women's issues

3) Provide two letters of recommendation that reflect individual commitment to women's issues.

4) Maintain a minimum of 12 credits.

5) Second year funding is dependent on successful completion of year one and a recommendation from Women's Studies staff.

In addition to the above, Minimum Requirements for the Scholarship are:

1. Applicants must have a 2.5 cumulative average in high school.
2. Prior education at institutions of higher learning will be evaluated by HCC staff.
3. Financial need as determined by the financial aid office at HCC and Women's Studies staff.

Eligible Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Student Essay
2. Letters of Recommendation
3. Strength of student's transcript
4. Financial need

Applications and essay must be submitted to Dr. Helen Mitchell [HVPA 220A] 

Download Application for Full Program Scholarship (~187k PDF file)

Download Application for Single Course Scholarship (~189k PDF file)

II. Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps Scholarship Fund
Established in 1990 by Dr. Helen Mitchell, Director of Women’s Studies at HCC, this scholarship primarily provides book funds only to students who have been chosen to receive the Bruno Family Foundation Women’s Studies scholarships. Priority is given to women in financial need. Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, Headmistress of the Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicotts Mills (former name of Ellicott City) from 1841-1856, provided financial support to students at the Institute preparing to teach. As these young women obtained jobs, they repaid the money into what became a kind of revolving fund. Rather than repay funds, recipients of the Phelps Scholarship are encouraged to work for equality between women and men. Financial support from this fund is awarded by the Financial Aid Office at HCC. For further information, contact Dr. Helen Mitchell at: or at 443-518-4980.

III. Other Scholarship Opportunities
Both the Maryland and National Organizations of Business and Professional Women offer scholarships. For further information about these possibilities, visit the Maryland chapter at or the national organization.  At either site, click on Foundation/scholarship Information.