Renaissance Award


The Renaissance Awards reward the rebirth of academic aspirations among women whose college careers were interrupted or delayed by family and/or career obligations, and encourage achievement in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at UCLA. The Myrna Hant Renaissance Awards are made possible through the generous donation of Dr. Myrna Hant. The Holly J. Mitchell Renaissance Award is sponsored by CSW in honor of our 2021 Distinguished Leader in Feminism awardee, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell.


Myrna Hant Renaissance Award: Two $1000 scholarships

Holly J. Mitchell Renaissance Award: One $1000 scholarship


Thursday, March 31, 2022


  • Applicant must be a registered UCLA undergraduate woman who started or returned to college after a number of years and must be registered during the quarters when the application is due and when award payment is made.
  • Applicant may also have transferred from a community college to UCLA with junior status
  • Awardee(s) will be honored at the CSW Awards Celebration at UCLA in May/June 2022. Attendance is highly encouraged.

Special Note

  • Students who are qualified under the CA Dream Act of 2011 are eligible to apply. Find detailed information on the Dream Act at
  • Applicants receiving financial aid are advised to consult with the Financial Aid Office about the potential effect of this award on their financial aid package.

To Apply

The application requires the following documents:

  1. Personal Essay (maximum 3 single-spaced pages)
    • Describe (1) your path to a college degree; (2) what you have accomplished academically, personally, and in the community; and (3) what earning a degree from UCLA means to you.
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Unofficial UCLA Transcripts (with most recent coursework)
    • Community college transcripts are welcomed if applicant feels it will strengthen application
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation: One letter from a faculty member of any university and another letter from a faculty or non-faculty member who is knowledgeable about your community service.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be uploaded via Submittable. Applicants will list the reference’s email address in the form and an email will be sent (once the application is submitted) via Submittable to the references with instructions on uploading.

If the recommender encounters difficulties uploading letters to Submittable, they may send it directly to with the name of the student and award for which they are applying.

Only complete applications will be considered. CSW must receive all required documents, including letters of recommendations, no later than 11:59 PM (PST) on Thursday, March 31, 2022.



For questions regarding CSW awards, fellowships, and grants, please contact the Management Services Officer.

Past Recipients