Virginia Horne Henry Committee

A Fund for Women’s Physical Education and Movement

The goal of this committee is to help the School of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison develop a margin of excellence in women’s physical education by creating a campus resource dedicated to the pursuit of women’s lifelong learning skills in the areas of physical education, including knowledge and appreciation of women’s movement and the female body in culture. 

A generous bequest from Patrick Henry, honoring his wife, Virginia Horne Henry, has made this funding program possible. Virginia Horne Henry received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the UW-Madison. After graduation, she taught swimming, tumbling, and physical education at the UW. She also taught at Wellesley College and the University of Illinois. She was the author of “Stunts and Tumbling for Girls: A Text for High Schools and Colleges.” In her book, she described the objectives and values of Women’s Physical Education to be the process of gaining knowledge and understanding of the human body and its range of motion, the appreciation of the human body, the development of such qualities as creativity, courage, self-confidence, and perseverance, and “an appreciation for the recreational values of physical accomplishments”.

Administered through the School of Education, the Fund is used to support an annual competition for activities related to women’s physical education and movement and a yearly fellowship. 


Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships

Annual Competition for Graduate fellowship

Fellowship Application form
Nominations are now being solicited for​ the Virginia Horne Henry Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships. The fellowships were established in 1998 by a bequest from the estate of Patrick Henry in honor of his wife, Virginia Horne Henry, a leader in the field of women’s physical education, including knowledge and appreciation of women’s movement, activity and the female body in culture. The primary purpose of the fund is to support and enhance the area of women’s physical education.
Detailed Fellowship Information.


Virginia Horne Henry Grant Competition

ANNUAL COMPETITION FOR GRANT FUNDS

Grant Application forms
The Virginia Horne Henry Fund provides money for an annual competition for a number of activities related to women’s physical education, movement and the female body in culture, including:

  • Special programs
  • New course development
  • Research support
  • Visiting scholars
  • Student support
  • Permanent equipment for recreational sports clubs 
Detailed Grant Information.

For additional information, contact Ruth Benedict, Committee Chair, at 262-0543.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically and received by:
February 2, 2018, by 4:30 p.m.