NEW Leadership EMPOWERMENT Scholarship*

The Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) and CSUN have teamed up to provide (4) $2,000 annual NEW Leadership EMPOWERMENT Scholarships to recognize undergraduate students who work to create and/or support women-led initiatives. The annual scholarships will be awarded in two stipends:

  • $1,000 fall semester stipend
  • $1,000 spring semester stipend

The application is simple and online. Scholarship applications open on Jan. 4, 2022. You can apply yourself or nominate a friend.

The deadline for the fall semester 2022 NEW Leadership EMPOWERMENT scholarships is Mar. 31, 2022.

Questions? Contact Jean Munson, WRIN's NEW Leadership Coordinator, at

2021 Scholarship Awardees

Darian Fluke Headshot

Darian Fluker is a senior who double majors in theatre and hospitality management. In July of 2020, she was elected the President for The Womxn of Color Coalition (W.O.C.C.). Darian collaborated with the executive members to create an annual newsletter for the organization. She also led in the creation of Sista x Sista, a sisterhood program as a branch of W.O.C.C., where members from each of the councils connect with members from other councils who they do not identify with in order to create stronger allyship. She is a writer, who self-published her first chapbook of poetry in February of 2021 where she discusses her experiences in her intersectionality of being a black woman. She wishes to create poetry and theatre pieces to create honest and inclusive pieces that better represent folx of color, taking charge of her own narrative, and urging others to do the same.

Saha Salahi Headshot

Saha Salahi is a first generation Afghan-American muslim womxn who’s sense of responsibility for creating community has bolstered her into a leader. Saha is engaged in a variety of organizations and programs to help other young women students learn political leadership skills, policy analysis, and training on how to run for office. Saha is currently the Secretary at CSUN As a founder of the first UNLV chapter for IGNITE National, Saha serves as the District 4 Coordinator for the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, where she provides support for the civic education courses in K-12 schools in the region through the“We the People” program. In this role, Saha assists to cultivate the coaching for professional development bootcamps, in-classroom practice hearings, and district and state competitions. She is also the primary program administrator for Congressional District 3 where she facilitates communication with the state coordinators; high school administrators, and Congressional staff. Additionally, Saha is a Student Researcher at Brookings Mountain West and the Lincy Institute. She hopes to be an advocate for minority groups and use her voice to bring forward equitable reform at a local and national level.

Samantha White Headshot

Samantha J White is a research assistant for the head researcher of UNLV’s Social Interaction Lab. In this position, Samantha has assisted in a qualitative study that examines how the increase of women in agricultural communities impacts gender-role attitudes and perceptions. She recognizes the value of work that aims to disrupt negatively impactful gender stereotypes to push women forward in male-dominated fields. Samantha is now entering her senior year at UNLV. She is actively working with faculty to gain approval to conduct a gender-focused study that will look at changes in stereotypes and their potential to help or hinder gender minorities’, and women’s, interests and advancement in STEM. She hopes to publish the results of her findings next year in 2022. Samantha also works as a CARE advocate at the UNLV Care Center, assisting students by providing supportive services through a healing-centered, trauma-informed, anti-oppression framework.