Grace Berry Award

The Grace Berry Award for Women in Graduate Studies is made possible by a gift to Intercollegiate Women’s Studies (now IFC) from Pomona alumna Margarita Horner in honor of Grace Berry, the founder of the Pomona Branch of the American Association of University Women. Ms. Horner intended the gift to help women students at Claremont Graduate University in pursuing their education. While the award is need-based, it also emphasizes academic excellence. Preference will be given to students who are at a more advanced stage of their studies (i.e., who have already begun work towards a thesis or dissertation), as well as to students whose work is related to Gender & Women’s Studies.

Congratulations to the 2013 recipient of the Grace Berry Award for graduate women.

Lisette Davies Ward, doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at CGU, is the recipient of the 2013 Grace Berry Award for Women in Graduate Studies.  The award, named after the founder of the Pomona Valley branch of the American Association of University Women, provides a $500 honorarium to support the recipient in her graduate work at CGU.  Lisette works in Media Studies and Cultural Studies, focusing on representations of women in the media. Her dissertation is titled “The Cinderella Myth:  Representations of Women in Love-Themed Reality TV and other Media Narratives.”  She earned her M.A. in Comparative Literature  at San Francisco State University; her thesis compared British and Italian novels by women that were written during the same time period.  She holds a B.A. in Italian Cultural Studies with a minor in Art History from the UC Santa Barbara.  Originally from the U.K., she has traveled extensively.  She is currently teaching at Santa Barbara City College and DeVry University in Oxnard.  A call for applicants for next year’s award will be made in spring 2014.  Visit for information about the award.

View the 2014 Application