Emilee Dawn Gagnon Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2014 by the Honors Program, the Ely Library, and the Westfield State University Departments of Art, World Language Studies, and Ethnic and Gender Studies, the Emilee Dawn Gagnon Memorial Scholarship honors alumna Emilee Dawn Gagnon ’13 who passed away on September 23, 2013 while on a cross-country cycling trip to benefit Multiple Sclerosis. Well-known on campus for her rainbow-colored hair, artistic flair, and expert hula-hooping skills, Emilee lit up the room. She was a vibrant and inspiring presence at Westfield State University. An art major with a concentration in art history and minors in French and women’s and gender studies, Emilee was a Commonwealth Honors Scholar who completed a senior honors project entitled “Revolutionary Beauty: Five Contemporary Women Artists’ Challenges to the Western Canon.” A feminist who championed human, environmental, and animal rights passionately, Emilee combined her personal values and interests with her academic work. The Emilee Dawn Gagnon Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who embodies Emilee’s core characteristics. Each year, as the scholarship committee reviews application essays, we see anew how Emilee’s passionate engagement in education continues to inspire the students who follow in her footsteps. To read more about Emilee, go to the Donors page.

This Scholarship is open to all part/full-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.5. All applicants must prepare a 500 word essay illustrating how they embody Emilee’s spirit in at least one of the following categories: creativity, curiosity, wide-ranging academic interests, openness, diligence, and/or social consciousness.

The Emilee Dawn Gagnon Memorial Scholarship
Supplemental Questions
  1. Essay: In 500-1000 words: Use one or more specific concrete examples to describe yourself
    • Describe how you embody Emilee's spirit in AT LEAST ONE of the following ways: Creativity, Curiosity, Wide-Ranging Academic Interests, Openness, Diligence, and/or Commitment to Social Justice.