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Scholarship & Woman of the Year Award

Jeanne Deane Abby’s House Scholarship

The Abby’s House scholarship was established to assist an upper division student (completed 100 credit hours) continue their studies at Western Oregon University. The scholarship is named in honor of our founder, Jeanne Deane.


The scholarship award is $1000, equally divided over three terms. The scholarship recipient must be willing to volunteer at Abby’s House 5 hours per week each quarter throughout the academic year.

The scholarship is awarded to one student each year.  This scholarship is not automatically renewable, although the student may reapply for the scholarship the next year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework at Western Oregon University
  • Applicants must be a current or new student who has completed at least 100 credit hours
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in your major field of study

To apply go to: https://wou.academicworks.com/opportunities/426

Application review and award selection will be conducted by the Abby’s House Board of Directors after April 15th. The scholarship recipient will receive an award letter at the address indicated on the application.

If you have questions or concerns about the scholarship, please contact us by email abbyshouse@wou.edu or phone 503-838-8219.

Ashley Flores

Congratulations to the Jeanne Deane 2016-2017 Abby’s House Scholarship recipient:

Ashley Flores


Ashley Flores, a 5th year senior, is seeking a degree in psychology and a minor in communications. With her degree, she hopes to go in to counseling for adolescents, possibly working within the LGBTQ community. She chose to apply for this scholarship because she heard from her roommate, Elizabeth, how much good work we do and how you can really feel the changes you are making on campus. Ashley was interested in being helpful to her community and having personal growth to become the best person she can be. The quote she lives by is “remember who you are in the circle of life”.

We are thrilled to have Ashley join us as an advocate this year!


Woman of the Year

Annually Abby’s House honors a faculty or staff woman in our community who exemplifies our mission. Specifically, we honor a woman whose work has contributed to equity and non-violence.

Congratulations to the Abby’s House Woman of the Year 2016:

Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado


Doris C-T

The Woman of the Year 2016, Dr. Cancel-Tirado is an associate professor in the Division of Health and Exercise Science at Western Oregon University. She earned her Master of Public Health and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Oregon State University. She has more than 12 years of experience working with health and human services agencies and deeply values and engages in multidisciplinary efforts to improve family well-being in diverse and multicultural contexts. Her current research areas of interest include: sexual and reproductive health issues among Latinos, health disparities, fatherhood, poverty, and diversity in higher education. The student who nominated her wrote, “She works to empower all of her students. In our women’s health course she spoke on topics of discrimination and injustice and empowered us to make change in our community. She led us in a class project researching the need for access to free contraception on campus that led us to surveying students and presenting the need for this resource to the Student Health and Counseling Center. Dr. Cancel-Tirado also serves as a commissioner on the Oregon Commission for Women, and regularly encourages her students to be civically engaged through service projects in the community and lobby days at the capitol. She is a strong female role model for all of her students inside the classroom and out.”

Previous recipients of the Woman of the Year Award:

  • 2015 Charisse Loughery, former Student Conduct Coordinator
  • 2014 Malissa Larson, Director of the Office of Disability Services
  • 2013 Dr. Emily Plec, Communications
  • 2012 Carli Rohner, former Assistant Director of Wellness Education




Abby's House

(503) 838-8219 | or e-mail: abbyshouse@wou.edu  | Location: Werner University Center, Room 106