Inspiring & Advancing Women

Student Achievement Scholarship Award (SASA)

Do you know of a student at your institution who would be an outstanding nominee for a $1,000.00 scholarship award?

We are looking for students who fit the following criteria to receive a $1,000.00 scholarship award that will be announced at our 2016 Spring Conference.

This is a wonderful opportunity to show off the students you serve and how you have helped them to be successful individuals.

Applications and guidelines will be available later in 2015

Click here for guidelines and instructions ...

  • Criteria
    Completed application, an essay describing how Public Higher Education has provided access to your educational goals, an unofficial* academic transcript, and a minimum of two references from a faculty or staff member describing the applicant’s background, barriers overcome, and achievements.
  • Eligibility
    • Women who are currently enrolled, are matriculated in an academic program and have completed at least 3 courses in their major at a Massachusetts public college or university.
    • Must have a documented cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
    • Essay should include future goals including educational goals and aspirations of the student.
    • Must submit two completed reference forms from a college faculty or staff member including narrative comments.
    • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Submission
    The online application will ask applicants to upload an essay, recommendations, and an unofficial transcript.
    The deadline for the 2015 SASA application is February 23, 2015.

    The Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education (MWPHE) is once again requesting nominations for Student Achievement Scholarship Awards, which recognize the outstanding achievements of three female students who are educated in the Massachusetts public higher education system. Since 1992, MWPHE has awarded scholarships to women who have overcome significant personal barriers to achieve academic success through our Commonwealth’s public institutions. The life stories of our nominees have been courageous and inspiring.

    MWPHE invites your recommendations of currently enrolled female students from your institution for the 2016 MWPHE Student Achievement Scholarship Awards. The students chosen to receive scholarship awards will be honored at our annual spring conference to be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Devens Commons, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, Mass.

    We are paperless! Applicants should visit the Student Achievement Scholarship Awards section on to read and review the guidelines and submit their application. Recommendation forms are also available at this site and the applicant will be able to attach recommendations, an essay, and unofficial transcripts to their submission. Guidelines and directions for the online application are enclosed. The applicant must have two recommendation forms completed by an administrator, faculty, or staff member as part of the process. All application materials, including the application, personal statement/essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation must be submitted online no later than February 23, 2016.

    As a member institution, MWPHE looks forward to your institution’s participation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 617-228-2447 or at

    Our best wishes to you for the upcoming spring semester.

    Beverly Lewis
    MWPHE Student Scholarship Chair

    Beverly Lewis
    ATTN: MWPHE, Inc. - SASA Awards
    Bunker Hill Community College
    250 New Rutherford Avenue
    Student Payments – Rm B219
    Boston, MA 02129

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Student Achievement Scholarship Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Winners!

Brenna Callahan
UMASS Dartmouth
Stephanie Houten
Mass. College of Art & Design
Phurbu Gurung
Holyoke Community College

Past Winners
  • 2014
    • Ratnasari Lusiaga, Bunker Hill Community College
    • Jennifer Watson, Westfield State University
    • Kelly Rusch, UMass Lowell
  • 2013
    • Darien Jade Stankowski, MassArt
    • Nicola Machado, Bristol Community College
    • Adelina Kershishain, Bunker Hill Community College
  • 2012
    • Lindsay Abcunas, University of Massachusetts Medical School
    • Diane Clausen, North Shore Community College
    • Diane McCray, Westfield State University
  • 2011
    • Laura Hurler, Holyoke Community College
    • Taniesha Burton, Westfield State University
    • Monica Diaz, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • 2010
    • Elizabeth Scarbrough, Bridgewater State College
    • Kim Rodrigues, Bristol Community College
    • Jeanne Dee, Quinsigamond Community College
      (In memory of Robin Simonelli)
    • Candice Chan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth