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The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship

Each summer, the Natural Hazards Center hosts an invitational Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Colorado. The workshop brings together more than 400 members of the hazards community who are working to alleviate the pain and loss inflicted by disasters.

One of Mary Fran's primary concerns was ensuring that representatives of all ages, professions, and communities be represented at the workshop. Mary Fran recognized that many people and organizations who could greatly benefit from and contribute to workshop activities-including, in particular, local practitioners, students, and international professionals-were among the least likely to be able to afford the meeting.

In 2003, members of the hazards community established the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship to fulfill Mary Fran's explicit request that qualified and talented individuals receive support to attend the workshop. The intent of the scholarship is to bring new and fresh perspectives-and otherwise unheard voices-to the workshop.

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship provides financial support to recipients so that they can attend and participate in the workshop and further their research or community work and careers. This scholarship covers part or all of the costs of transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, and workshop registration fees.

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one potential workshop participant, who is then formally invited to the workshop. Each year, the recipient or recipients are recognized at the workshop and may be asked to serve as panel discussants, where they can highlight their research or practical experiences in the hazards and disasters field.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

All hazards researchers, students, and practitioners are eligible for the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship. However, preference is given to individuals with demonstrated financial need and those who have not previously attended the Annual Hazards Workshop.

Applicants must complete the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Application Form, available from the Natural Hazards Center's Web site at: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/awards/myers-scholarship.html

An application form can also be requested by calling the Natural Hazards Center at (303) 492-6818 or by e-mailing Lori Peek at lori.peek@colostate.edu

Four typed copies of the completed application should be mailed to:

Mary Fran Myers Scholarship
c/o Lori Peek
Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado
482 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0482

Special Thanks

The Mary Fran Myers Scholarship was made possible by generous contributions from numerous individual donors as well as support from the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN), the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI), and the Red River, North Dakota, High School Classroom Teachers Association.

Who is Mary Fran Myers?

Mary Fran Myers served as the co-director of the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado for 16 years until her untimely death in 2004. Reducing disaster losses, both nationally and internationally, was her life’s work. Read more.

The Mary Fran Myers Award

The Mary Fran Myers Award, established in 2002 by the Gender and Disaster Network, recognizes that vulnerability to disasters and mass emergencies is influenced by social, cultural, and economic structures that marginalize women and girls. Research and practice that reduces women’s and girls loss of life, injuries, and property can make a difference. The goal of the Gender and Disaster Network is to promote and encourage such research and practice. Read more.