Saint Louis University's Women's Commission offers multiple opportunities to fund leadership, professional development and community impact projects.
Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant
Through a competitive grant funding process, the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant will help financially support individual leadership development opportunities and community impact projects that advance women.
In 2016, the Saint Louis University Women's Commission established the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant with initial endowed support from an anonymous Women's Commission member and Woman of the Year award winner in 1994.
The purpose of the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant is to support the mission of the Women's Commission, which is to educate, enrich, and empower the women of Saint Louis University by providing funding to connect women with opportunities that foster their personal and professional development.
The Women's Commission has an interest in funding projects, programs, and leadership opportunities that promote the interests, issues, and concerns of the women at Saint Louis University in two strategic areas:
- Individual Leadership Development
- Community Impact for the Advancement of Women
Awards are based on the following selection criteria:
- Alignment with the mission and strategic direction of the Women's Commission
- Impact of the project, program, or leadership opportunity for the individual or on the community
- Innovation and creativity
- Validity of proposed budget and budget narrative
- Quality of written proposal
- Women's Commission's budget
The Women's Commission Endowment Committee will review all applications for funding. The committee's recommendations are subject to final approval by the Women's Commission Executive Board.
All members of the Saint Louis University community, with the exception of students graduating in the current academic year, are welcome to apply. Members include any Saint Louis University student, faculty or staff member.
The Women's Commission intends to fund at least one project annually. Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and according to the amount of funds available. Applicants may submit an application for grant funding annually; however, Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial grants are single-year awards only. Multi-year funding commitments will not be awarded.
In the past, the Women's Commission funded individual requests in the range of $500 to $1,000. This range can be used as a general guideline for your funding request; however, the amount that you request is at your discretion and should reflect an amount suitable to make an impact on your project or program.
Download the grant application and submit it electronically to Alexis Bruce-Staudt, grants committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. An applicant may submit only one proposal per fiscal year. Email subject fields should read "First and Last Name: Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant." Include a copy of your resume or CV.
Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. CST on Friday, February 23, 2024.
Submit a written report at the conclusion of the grant period, June 30 of the year the work is completed, which provides a status of the project/program, measures success and impact based on details outlined in the grant application and gives an accounting of the project budget.
Present an overview of the funded project, program or leadership opportunity, along with its outcomes and impact to the executive board.
Attend the Women of the Year Luncheon to be recognized for receiving the grant and attend the following year to be recognized for completion of the grant requirements
Willingness to promote the award, including, but not limited to, photos, interviews or social media posts.
Acknowledge funding support by Women's Commission in written materials pertaining to the project/program and during presentations on the project/program.
Grant recipient agrees to allow the Women's Commission to publicize her name, award amount, and description of her funded project, initiative, or leadership opportunity.
In performing any activities reasonably related to a sponsored project, all parties shall comply with all applicable provisions of federal, state, and local laws; rules; and Saint Louis University policies and regulations in effect at the time of such activities.
The applicants must identify whether projects include the use of human subjects, animals, hazardous materials, etc. In the event an award is made, the applicant must have the appropriate committee approval(s), e.g., Institutional Review Board (IRB), Animal Care Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, etc., prior to the start of the project.
This grant application solicitation and any proposal submitted in response does not authorize applicants submitting proposals to proceed with any work nor make any financial commitments until awards have been formally announced in writing.
The Women's Commission reserves the right to:
- Award funding to one or more applicants
- Not grant an award
- Cancel the proposal solicitation
- Conduct discussions or negotiations with any or all candidates submitting proposals
The grants awarded are based on the availability of funds and the applicant's individual needs.
- Lisieux Heulman, Assistant Professor, English as a Second Language Program and Associate
Director for Pathway Programs, INTO SLU
Project: Attend 2024 TESOL International Convention
- Missi White-Lester, Staff/PhD Student, Graduate Medical Education Office
Project: Attend AAMC 2023 Leadership Education & Development Certificate Program
- Elizabeth Salley, Graduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences
Project: Resettlement and Integration: Afghan Refugee Women in St. Louis
- Jingtong Tang, Ph.D., Mary Louise Murray Endowed Professor of Management, Chaifetz
School of Business
Project: Welcoming female immigrants and refugees to St. Louis: One entrepreneur at a time
- Luella Loseille, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Cross Cultural Center for Global Citizenship
Project: Audre Lorde Scholars Women Symposium
- Farzan Hoque, M.D., MRCP, FACP, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Program: Attend the American Association of Medical College (AAMC) Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar and conduct a symposium for Saint Louis University Internal Medicine women residents and faculty
- Shreya Nagendra, Doctoral Student, College for Public Health & Social Justice
Project: Explore medical providers’ perceptions, barriers, facilitators, and acceptability of shared decision-making in contraceptive counseling in the St. Louis metropolitan region to inform clinical practice and policy.
- Ellen Kim, Physician Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Project: Advancing Minority Female Mental Health through a community-based high school pipeline program for women in psychiatry.
- Jean Krampe, Associate Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine Trudy Busch Valentine School
Program: Attend & present at the Japanese Society for Public Health conference in Japan.
- Julie Gammack, Sr. Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Program: Funds will be used in conjunction with the Graduate Medical Education Office to support a SLU female resident to attend a national leadership skills training program specific to chief residents.
- Shannon Grabosch, Associate Division Director, OBGYN
Project: Grabosch and the research team will evaluate meditation using the Headspace smartphone application in women with cervical or endometrial cancer.
- Thembekile Shato, Ph.D. candidate, College for Public Health and Social Justice
Project: Understanding the factors that influence cervical cancer screening among women and health care providers in Zimbabwe
- Emily Boyd, Retention Specialist, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Cristina McGroarty, Assistant Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Margaret Bultas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Project: Impacts of Mindfulness Practice on Nursing Students, a project that will evaluate the effects of participating in a mindfulness intervention prior to testing on perceived stress, anxiety, self-efficacy, and resilience in nursing students. Exam performance (real and perceived) will be evaluated as well.
Jennifer Popiel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History
Project: Women in the Humanities Monthly Lunch, program that advances educational and career opportunities for SLU women faculty by discussing teaching, current research, and barriers to advancement
Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, Pediatric Surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery
Project: Cohort of Homeward Bound Program, traveled with 80 women from 26 countries to Antarctica to tackle a leadership initiative led by women as it relates to heightening the influence and impact of women in decisions that shape our planet.
Jintong Tang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Program: Promoting Women Entrepreneurship on Campus, organized a workshop and a field trip to a co-working space (CIC) with 14 students interested in entrepreneurship.
Chris Sebelski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Lisa Dorsey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Vicki Moran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing
Project: Pathways of Leader Self-Efficacy for Women in Higher Education, a mixed methods research study that looked at females in multiple stakeholder groups to assess their level of leadership self-efficacy and through semi-structured interviews seek to understand the subject’s perceptions of leadership, their advancement trajectory, and perceived barriers. This preliminary data will serve as a basis for a future multi-site study of higher education institutions.
Olivia Smithhisler, Student, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Program: The Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference, it is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers that focuses on professional development and creating networks for female engineers who are active in their field, returning to engineering, or just getting started.
Lisa Fischer, Ph.D., Academic English Coordinator and Assistant Professor, INTO Program Program: Completion of the TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program
The Individual Leadership Development Grant offers funding to women of the Saint Louis University community in an effort to support them in pursuit of leadership development and career advancement opportunities.
The Community Impact for the Advancement of Women Grant focuses on projects that exhibit a strong commitment to serve groups of women within the community, particularly projects that demonstrate a high level of stakeholder impact. Examples of benefits of such projects include:
- Advancing educational or career opportunities for women
- Helping women overcome challenges, barriers, or inequity
- Providing resources that will improve the quality of life