Patsy Boyer Memorial Scholarship in Women's Studies

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.

Criteria

  • Pursuing an interdisciplinary minor in Women's Studies, an Ethnic Studies concentration in Women's Studies, or a graduate certificate 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

History

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.