The Harriet Patsy Boyer Scholarship program was established to increase opportunities for students to participate in scholarly activities that promote new understanding of women in culture and society.


  • Pursuing a graduate certificate in Gender, Power and Difference; a major in Women's and Gender Studies; a minor in Women's Interdisciplinary Studies; or, an Ethnic Studies concentration in Women’s Studies
  • Enrolled full-time with a minimum 2.5 GPA overall and a 3.0 in program courses
  • Making satisfactory progress towards degree
  • Must submit an  essay of no more than 1,000 words that discusses all of the following: (a) the ways you have been and/or are now engaged in study or other relevant activities that promote understanding of women’s issues; (b) the ways in which Women’s Studies’ perspectives inform and will continue to affect your scholarly pursuits, your field of study, and your future academic interests and career plans; (c) the ways in which you will continue your commitment to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Colorado State University following your acceptance of a Boyer Scholarship.
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Dr. Patsy Boyer retired as Professor Emerita from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Spring 1997. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of New Mexico in 1967, Dr. Boyer joined Colorado State University where she remained until her retirement. A noted specialist in Spanish Golden Age Literature, Dr. Boyer published numerous works in her field, including the translation of a book by the seventeenth century Spanish author, Maria de Zayas. Apart from her participation as a scholar in the major associations of her discipline and on the boards of national scholarly journals, Dr. Boyer was an early proponent of Women’s Studies at Colorado State University and wrote the grant that initiated the Women’s Studies Project on Teaching, Curriculum and Scholarship which began in 1984 as the Gender Integration Project. She played an active role in departmental, college, and University governance, was a member of the Colorado State University Faculty Council and the first faculty representative to the State Board of Agriculture. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Pennock Award for Service, she was named the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor in 1997. She earned the 1997 Women’s Caucus Award for “exemplary inspiration to women on campus as teacher, scholar, mentor and role model.” Dr. Boyer was perhaps most known for her generosity of spirit and her sense of importance of a true community of scholars. She is remembered with particular fondness by the generations of students she taught and mentored throughout her 30 years on campus.