Women of Excellence

Women of Excellence 

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The Women of Excellence was created to honor, extend and advance the legacy of Xavier's and Edgecliff's extraordinary women graduates, as well as provide opportunities for women to grow as organizational and philanthropic leaders for the University.

2023 Grant Submissions

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WOX Wine and Chocolate Tasting 2024!

The Women of Excellence Wine and Chocolate tasting will be Wednesday, February 14th when our WBB team takes on UConn! The event will begin at 5:30pm in The Cintas Center and Tipoff is at 7:00pm. The event will include 4 sampling stations, 1 drink ticket and a ticket to the WBB game! 

Price: $20 per person

Registration opening soon! 

The Giving Circle

Xavier's Women of Excellence formed a giving circle to allow women to collectively support Xavier and encourage the development of women as philanthropic leaders. Giving circle members are alums, parents and friends who recognize that women as donors have the capability of making a tremendous impact on the University, its students, faculty and staff.

Funds from the giving circle are distributed through a grant application process to projects and programs proposed by faculty, staff and student groups of Xavier. The annual distribution of funds to selected campus programs is determined through a voting process by Giving Circle members.

Learn more about The Giving Circle

2022 WOX Grant Winners 

Accessing XU 
1 Year - $9,480.54

Am I a Good Gertrude?: Critical Conversations about Leadership, Women, and Teachers
1 Year - $2,287.26

Camp Xcel:  Around the Sword in 5 Days: Cultural Immersion Experience
1 Year - $10,000.00

Commuter Services: Supporting Commuter Belonging through Peer Mentorship
1 Year - $10,000.00

Confidential Peer Support Volunteer Program
1 Year - $8,417.44

Xavier University Library Makerspace Addictions for Laser Cutting
1 Year - $2,600.00

Smooth Transitions Mentor and Mentee Development
1 Year - $10,000.00

Summer Service Internship Program
1 Year - $5,000.00

Ten and Counting: a Decennial of Jazz
1 Year - $10,000.00

The Store – Basic Needs Graduate Assistantship
1 Year - $10,000.00

Tunnel of Oppression
1 Year - $10,000.00

Women of Excellence Endowed Scholarship
1 Year - $10,000.00

Developing Systems of Support: Diversifying Study Abroad Participation
2 Year - $19,753.00

Student Wellbeing Advocacy Group (SWAG)
2 Year - $20,000.00

See Grant Winners Project Descriptions



The Women of Excellence mentoring program is a partnership with the University's Career Development Center. We invite you to share your experience and practical real-world advice with our students by becoming a mentor. As a mentor, you become a role model who can make a difference in the lives and career choices of our students. Not only is this a fulfilling and rewarding opportunity for both you and students, but it's also a way for you to stay connected to the University and the Jesuit legacy of being a woman for others.

Become a Mentor

Make a Gift in Support of the Women of Excellence Giving Circle


Contact: Shannon Cassidy-Cox | Executive Director, Women of Excellence | 513-745-4266 | cassidycoxs@xavier.edu