Made possible through the generosity of Myrna A. Hant, this award supports the renewed academic aspirations of women whose college careers were interrupted or delayed by family and/or career obligations. The recipients are UCLA undergraduate women who returned or are returning to college after a period of years.
Myrna A. Hant received her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA with a dissertation entitled “Life Satisfaction of the Well Elderly.” She had previously completed two Master’s degrees, one in English Literature and the other in Business Administration. Dr. Hant was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Delta Kappa for her Bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA. She also received a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She was a college administrator at Chapman University as well as an instructor in Women’s Studies. Presently she teaches Women’s Studies courses as well as courses focusing on later life issues. She has been a CSW Research Scholar since 2001. She is also Chair of the Board of P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless). In 2006, she established the Renaissance Award, an undergraduate scholarship that rewards the rebirth of academic aspirations among women whose college careers were interrupted or delayed by family and/or career obligations and that encourages achievement in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at UCLA.