The Flora Awards (Formerly The Women of Achievement Awards)

Since 2015, the Annual Women of Achievement & Spotlight Awards celebrates the scholarship and research of women faculty and outstanding achievements by women campus staff and students. The prizes are partially funded through the Mather Spotlight Series Endowment, established in 1989 by the Mather Centennial Celebration Committee of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association. For 2024, we are rebranding the awards to be called The Floras, to more closely align with our 20th Anniversary awards and to create more opportunity to recognize change makers both in our CWRU community and the Greater Cleveland Area. 

The Flora Award honors the philanthropic spirit and community service of Flora Stone Mather. This award recognizes women who, like Flora Stone Mather, address problems in their community and work innovatively and tirelessly to solve them through significant philanthropic and communal service and other acts of generosity. Flora’s work centered on supporting the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of women and children.

The Flora Award represents Flora’s spirit of kindness, generosity and advancement of women’s education. In preserving her legacy we are rewarding women, who like Flora, believe in, and act for, the betterment of society. There are six categories for nomination, including faculty, staff, graduate student, undergraduate student, alumna, and community leader. An award for Notable Woman of the Year will also be awarded each year at the ceremony. 

The Mather Center will also make every effort to award winners from a variety of the schools at CWRU, including the Case School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, and the Weatherhead School of Management.


Eligibility Criteria:

1. Must meet one of the categories for nomination (Faculty, Staff, Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, Alumna, and Community Leader)

2. Must honor the legacy of Flora Stone Mather by embodying at least one way of demonstrated impact in empowering other women at the university, campus and/or Cleveland community level:

Advocating for the advancement of women’s education and leadership,

Supporting women through their gift of time through volunteerism,

Supporting women through their philanthropy (either personal or institutional), and

Commitment to honoring the diversity of women (such as race, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio economic status, national origin, religion etc.)


Nominate Someone for the Flora Awards Here