The Women for FSU

Gift of Wisdom Award

The Florida State University we know today began as a seminary in 1851. Then, in 1905, it became the women's liberal arts college known as Florida State College for Women. In the early 20th century, the field of liberal arts was considered a woman's domain and the college's inaugural female students helped set the standard of excellence for what are now the university's current arts programs. In 1947, when the Florida State College for Women became The Florida State University, women began to branch out into other fields, mirroring the change and progress taking place around the globe. The sciences, law and athletics at Florida State are now arenas where women are not only prevalent but also extremely successful. As part of our mission, The Women for Florida State University is committed to providing increased professional opportunities for women in the local community and throughout the state of Florida.

The Women for Florida State University Gift of Wisdom Mentor Award was created to identify exceptional women of the past, embrace strong women of today and encourage the growth of women for the future. Our goal is to support women by building on the traditions of excellence set forth by our predecessors more than a century ago.

The history of this great university cannot be told without recognizing the influence of its pioneering women. The Women for Florida State University recognizes that FSU's past is comprised of thousands of small stories of unique, independent women. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to become a physician in the United States said, "For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women." With this in mind, the Gift of Wisdom Mentor Award was created not in recognition of one woman's professional achievements or of one woman's support for a large group of women, but as a celebration of all women's individual stories.


Guidelines for Gift of Wisdom

Is there a Florida State University alumna or friend who has made an impact on your life as a woman? Nominate her for the Gift of Wisdom Award!

To make a nomination, please share your story about a Florida State alumna or friend who has inspired or supported you and fostered the betterment of women worldwide.

Tell us in a one-page cover letter:

  1. The nominee's connection to Florida State University.
  2. Examples of how this woman has embodied the values of W4FSU in engaging, sharing with, promoting and celebrating women. This can be in the form of a narrative that details important events and context from the woman's life, or you may provide a few short, illustrative anecdotes.
  3. How the nominee has shown a commitment to her community, either within or beyond Florida State University, by sharing her time, talents or resources.
  4. Please include the nominee's name, address, phone number and email address along with your name, relationship to the nominee, address, phone number and email address.

Additional information, such as a CV/resume, letters of support, or background information on other accolades, may be attached separately and submitted along with a cover letter by the nomination deadline. The committee will review no more than four pages of this additional information.

Nominations should be emailed to Laura Glenn at by Monday, January 8, 2018.

The presentation of the Gift of Wisdom Award takes place during the closing dinner of the annual Women for Florida State University Backstage Pass event, slated for March 24, 2018.

Recipients MUST attend the awards ceremony to receive an award. If a recipient is unable to attend during the year in which they were selected, they may defer to the following year. The awards committee retains and considers nominations for three years or until selected.

This award was created as a celebration of all women’s individual stories, and we look forward to hearing yours!