|Loan and Grant Programs|| Student Consumer
Rights and Responsibilities
|Scholarships and Awards|| Withdrawal/Enrollment
Change and Aid
The financial aid program at West Chester University provides financial assistance and counseling to students who can benefit from further education, but who cannot obtain it without such assistance. Financial aid consists of gift aid in the form of scholarships or grants, and self-help aid in the form of employment or loans. The main responsibility for meeting educational expenses rests with students and their families. Financial aid is a supplement to family contribution and is to be used for educational expenses.
Eligibility for financial aid, with the exception of some private scholarships and the Parent Loan Program, is based on demonstrated financial need. Family income, assets, and family size influence a student's demonstrated financial need.
All documents, correspondence, and conversations among the applicants, their families, and the Office of Financial Aid are confidential and entitled to the protection ordinarily arising from a counseling relationship.
In order to receive financial aid, the student must
- Be accepted for admission as a degree student enrolling at West Chester University, or, in the case of a student already attending the University, be enrolled and making satisfactory academic progress as a degree student. See the Office of Financial Aid for a more detailed explanation of this requirement.
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid before March 1 for priority consideration. This application will be used to determine demonstrated financial need for the student. All students are encouraged to complete this application.
- Apply for the state grant program in his or her state of legal residence.
- Submit any other requested documentation concerning financial and family circumstances that may be requested by the Office of Financial Aid, or any agency that administers financial assistance programs. Financial aid applicants may be required to submit transcripts of their IRS forms, and/or their parents' forms, or various other income-related documents.
Submission of the above does not automatically entitle a student to receive financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid follows the regulations established by the federal government in awarding aid. Aid applicants are ranked according to unmet need (based on budget, federal and state grants, and expected family contribution), and available funds are offered to the neediest students first. Students must apply for financial aid each academic year.
Unless otherwise specified, requests for scholarships, grants, loans, and employment opportunities described in this catalog should be made to the Office of Financial Aid. Application forms for state and federal grants may be obtained online or from the Office of Financial Aid at West Chester University. Questions concerning financial aid may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid, Kershner Student Service Center, 25 Universty Avenue, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383, 610-436-2627. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Withdrawal/Enrollment Change and Aid
Students who officially withdraw or change their enrollment status may be entitled to a refund of certain fees, according to West Chester University's policy. (See section entitled "Fees and Expenses.") If that student has been awarded financial aid for the semester in which the withdrawal or enrollment change occurs, a portion of the refund will be returned to financial aid program funds.
Financial aid refunds due to withdrawals or enrollment changes are processed in accordance with federal, state, and awarding agency guidelines and regulations. The Office of Financial Aid recalculates federal* financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60 percent of a semester.
*Federal financial aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Loan, and Direct PLUS.
Recalculation is based on the percent of earned aid using the following formula:
Percent earned = Number of days completed up to withdrawal date**/total days in semester
**Withdrawal date is defined as the actual date the student began the institution's withdrawal process, the student's last date of recorded attendance, or the midpoint of the semeseter for a student who leaves without notifying the institution.
Federal financial aid is returned to the federal government based on the percent of unearned aid using the following formula:
Aid to be returned = (100% - percent earned) x amount of aid disbursed toward institutional changes
When aid is returned, the student may owe a debit balance to the University. The student should contact the Office of the Bursar to make arrangements to pay the balance.
Student Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
You have the right to ask a school:
- The names of its accrediting organizations.
- About its programs; its instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities; and its faculty.
- What the cost of attending is and what its policies are on refunds to students who drop out.
- What financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid programs.
- What the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
- What criteria it uses to select financial aid recipients.
- How it determines your financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc. are considered in your budget. It also includes what resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, your assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of your need.
- If you have a loan, what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of time you have to repay the loan, when payments are to begin, and any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply.
- If you are offered a work study job, what kind of job it is, what hours you must work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when you will be paid.
- To reconsider your aid package, if you believe a mistake has been made.
- How the school determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not.
- What special facilities and services are available to the disabled.
You have the responsibility to
- Review and consider all information about a school's program before you enroll.
- Pay special attention to your application for student financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place. Errors can delay your receipt of financial aid.
- Provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Office of Financial Aid or the agency to which you submitted your application.
- Read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign and keep copies of them.
- Accept responsibility for the promissory note and all other agreements that you sign.
- If you have a loan, notify the lender of changes in your name, address, or enrollment status.
- Perform in a satisfactory manner the work that is agreed upon in accepting a college work study job.
- Know and comply with the deadlines for application for aid.
- Know and comply with your school's refund procedures.
THE FOLLOWING IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY.
Federal Work Study Program
Federal work study is an employment program that allows students to work part time on campus. Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the WCU Student Employment Application. The priority deadline is March 1.
Federal Perkins Loan Program
The Office of Financial Aid administers the Federal Perkins Loan Program for students who demonstrate financial need. The annual loan limit is $5,500, with aggregate limits of $27,500 for students who have successfully completed two years of an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor's degree (but have not completed that degree) and $11,000 for all other students. The interest rate is 5 percent and begins to accrue when repayment commences - nine months after the student leaves school or drops below half-time status. There are deferment and cancellation privileges for students meeting specific criteria. Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The priority deadline is March 1.
Direct Loan Program
Loans for students who demonstrate need are subsidized (no in-school interest payments); loans for students who do not demonstrate need are unsubsidized (in-school interest payments required). Annual loan limits are $5,500 for first-year students, $6,500 for second-year students, and $7,500 for undergraduate students who have completed two years. Independent students may borrow additional unsubsidized funds: up to $4,000 per year for their first two years, and up to $5,000 per year after they have completed two years. The academic level maximum amounts are not guaranteed. The loan amount is influenced by the receipt of other aid. The interest rate is fixed. For subsidized loans, it begins to accrue when repayment commences – six months after the student terminates his or her education or drops below half-time status. The Master Promissory Note and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be filed.
Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Through the Direct PLUS program, parents may borrow up to the cost of education minus other aid for each dependent student attending a postsecondary educational institution for each academic level. The interest rate is fixed at 7.9%, and borrowers may defer payments while the student is enrolled at least half time. Application is made online at www.studentloans.gov.
Federal Pell Grant
This is the federal grant program. All students are encouraged to apply for a Federal Pell Grant. Students receive notification of eligibility in the form of a Student Aid Report. Interested students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Deadline is May 1 of the current academic year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG program is federally funded and administered by the Office of Financial Aid. A student must demonstrate financial need and be an undergraduate. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The priority deadline is March 1.
PENNSYLVANIA HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE AGENCY (PHEAA) GRANT. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, through PHEAA, makes state grants available to students who demonstrate financial need and are Pennsylvania residents. PHEAA requires that students successfully complete at least 24 credits for each full-year grant awarded. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Deadline is May 1.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has entered into reciprocal agreements with the following adjacent states: Delaware, West Virginia, and Ohio. Residents of these states who wish to attend West Chester University are permitted to use state grants from their home states for educational expenses at West Chester. Some other states not adjacent to Pennsylvania may permit their residents to use state grants for attendance at West Chester University. Students should contact the agency for higher education in their states for more information.
Scholarships and Awards
For the most current information on scholarships and awards, see www.wcupa.edu/giving/scholarships/search.asp#results/.
THE J.PETER ADLER PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE. The J.Peter Adler Prize for Excellence in Theatre has been funded through individual, family, and group gifts to honor the memory of J.Peter Adler, son of WCU President Madeleine Wing Adler. The prize is awarded annually to West Chester University seniors who have exhibited strong talent in theatre, and who will be continuing their education in a graduate degree program.
LENORE ALT EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD. This $500 award, which was established by Lois Alt, associate professor of vocal and choral music, in memory of her mother, will be presented to a junior woman music major with a 3.25 GPA, who has completed all theory and history of music 200-level courses.
WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND. A scholarship fund was established by the Alumni Association of West Chester University in 1974 to benefit the students of West Chester University. The criteria for selection are scholarship, leadership, character, and need. Scholarships may be awarded to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applications are available from the Office of Financial Aid or the Office of Alumni Relations. The awards are generally made on Alumni Day each year and are applied to the students' course fees for the next academic year. Scholarship amounts vary.
GERALDINE RUTH DALEY ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established to honor Mrs. Geraldine Daley Anderson '34 by a gift from her husband, Robert S. Anderson, M.D. The awards from the fund are restricted to kinesiology majors who are graduates of high schools in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties in Pennsylvania. Students also must have financial need and demonstrate academic achievement. Preference will be given to women students. The value of the award is estimated at $1,000. Applications may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid.
ROBERT S. ANDERSON '23 SCHOLARSHIP. Robert S. Anderson '23 created this endowed scholarship in his will to benefit West Chester University students with financial need. Renewable scholarships will be awarded to incoming students with satisfactory academic standards and financial need.
SANDRA ALESIA ATKINS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded annually as a memorial to Sandra Alesia Atkins, a member of the class of 1981, to an outstanding music student from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia who enrolls at West Chester University as a candidate for the B.M. degree in music education. The recipient will be selected by the School of Music upon recommendation of the Overbrook High School Music Department.
JOAN M. AUTEN ’57 MEMORIAL KINESIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP AND THE JOAN M. AUTEN ’57 WOMEN'S INTRAMURAL SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP. Joan Auten had a life-long interest and commitment to physical education and recreation with emphasis on participation. These scholarships, started by John M. Auten, Jr. and Joanne McComb, honor that commitment. The kinesiology scholarship will be given to a third or fourth year student who wants to teach health and physical education. The intramural sports scholarship will be given to a female student who demonstrates enthusiasm and sportsmanship in an intramural sports program.
KEITH AND NANCY BEALE CHORAL CONDUCTING SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a current undergraduate or graduate student who has an interest and potential in choral conducting with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and demonstrated financial need. Selection is made by the choral faculty in consultation with the dean and/or associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
HERBERT BELLER SCHOLARSHIP IN GEOLOGY. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Beller, this scholarship is awarded annually (renewable) to an outstanding junior or senior geology major who needs assistance to pay tuition. The Department of Geology chair will select the recipient; the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences also must approve the selection.
BENZING FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP. Cynthia Benzing, professor of economics and finance at West Chester University, and her spouse, William Benzing, instructor of history at Delaware County Community College and a tax consultant, have established this fund. The scholarship is awarded through the Department of Economics and Finance to an outstanding senior in the department.
*BOARD OF GOVERNORS SCHOLARSHIPS. Merit-based renewable scholarships available to incoming first-year students who are residents of Pennsylvania. Awards are based on the successful completion of an academic high school program, satisfactory SAT/ACT scores, high school rank, and academic record. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid also must be completed.
ELIZABETH O'BYRNE BORZ '41 SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship provides $500 annually to an entering freshman student majoring in elementary education with a B average and is renewable providing a 3.0 GPA is maintained as an undergraduate at the University.
GEORGE AND SUSAN BOYER ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was created by alumni George Boyer '69 and Susan Boyer '79 to assist a talented incoming student whose main area of performance is the organ. In the even that there is no incoming student eligible for the scholarship, it may then be awarded to a current organ major who meets the criteria of excellence.
CAROL BRANCA SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship, established by the Branca family in honor of Carol Branca, is awarded to a B.A. communications studies major who has an overall GPA of 3.5 or better at the end of the first semester of the sophomore year. To qualify, students must have completed three semesters at the University, and a minimum of 15 credits per semester. The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient continues as a communications studies major and maintains a GPA of 3.5 or better. Transfer students with more than six credits are not eligible for the scholarship. The minimum award is currently $500.
JUSTO B. BRAVO SCHOLARSHIP IN CHEMISTRY. This award is available to a full-time student majoring in chemistry. Applications are made to the Department of Chemistry.
LAURY SAMUEL BROKENSHIRE SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is presented annually as a memorial to Laury Brokenshire '59 by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Brokenshire of Reading. It is awarded to an outstanding junior class music student selected by the School of Music faculty.
*BARBARA JO HECK BROWN ’49 SCHOLARSHIP FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION. The scholarship will support an incoming freshman majoring in elementary education. The recipient should have maintained a high academic standard with a minimum 3.0 GPA and participated in school, church, and/or community activities.
ROBERT M. BROWN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FOR PHYSICS. This scholarship was established by Robert M. Brown '38 for a worthy full-time sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate physics major. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains the required 3.0 GPA.
*BONNIE CLAIRE BRUNO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. The award is made to an outstanding full-time student in the College of Arts and Sciences who is a Pennsylvania resident, demonstrates financial need, and has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
JEFF CAMERON SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship supports a third- or fourth-year student with a minimum GPA of 2.50 who is facing physical adversity. Contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities for more information.
DR. MARGARETTA CAREY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is available for undergraduate or graduate music students. Selection recommendations are made by the College of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid.
DIANE AND ROGER CASAGRANDE SCHOLARSHIP. Established by Drs. Diane and Roger Casagrande, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time communication studies or pre-engineering declared major with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a consistent record of considerable campus and community service. The scholarship is renewable but not automatically so. The selection committee will consist of the chairs from the departments of Physics and Communication Studies, as well as a graduating senior for either department as invited by the chairs.
CAVALCADE OF BANDS SCHOLARSHIP. This award is sponsored jointly by the Cavalcade of Bands Association and the School of Music. The recipient(s) must be admitted in good standing to the music program at West Chester University and selected by the director of the winning band(s) in each category of the American and Yankee Conferences. The awards are determined annually. Normally, one student from each of the four winning bands will be selected to receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship.
ROBERT L. CARL MEMORIAL KEYBOARD SCHOLARSHIP. Two scholarships are awarded to freshman keyboard majors, in honor of the late Robert L. Carl, former chairperson of the Department of Keyboard Music, who taught piano at the University from 1946 until 1971. Applications are made to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
PAUL E. CARSON BAND SCHOLARSHIP. This award has been made possible by the generosity of Paul E. Carson, former chair of the Instrumental Department and a member of the University faculty for 28 years. Scholarships are awarded to freshman students majoring in band instruments.
VINCENT D. CELENTANO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded as a memorial to Dr. Vincent D. Celentano, musician, scientist, and Explorer Committee member. Eligible freshman students in the School of Music must be affiliated with Exploring or the Senior Branch of Scouting.
FRANK T. CHEESEMAN MEMORIALVOCAL/CHORAL SCHOLARSHIP. Established in memory of Frank T. Cheesman, a former distinguished member of the WCU Vocal/Choral Department, this scholarship will be awarded to vocal/choral music students who exemplify the standards of teaching excellence.
CHESTER COUNTY ALUMNI CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP. The West Chester University Chester County Alumni Chapter sponsors a scholarship for a Chester County high school graduate and freshman student. The $500 award is funded through contributions from chapter members. Applications may be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Alumni Relations.
CLASS OF 1920 SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established by the Class of 1920 through a gift on the occasion of the class's 65th reunion. The award is made to a student who has completed one year of study at the University or to an outstanding freshman student. Documented financial need and demonstrated leadership qualities are essential. The amount will be no less than $500. Application forms are available through the Office of Financial Aid.
CLASS OF 1937 SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship fund was established by the Class of 1937 as a golden anniversary gift to West Chester University on the 50th reunion of the class. The scholarships are awarded to entering freshman students based on scholarship, leadership, character, and financial need. The awards are generally made on Alumni Day each year and are applied to tuition fees for the academic year. Applications are available from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations or the Office of Financial Aid. Selection of recipients will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Alumni Board of Directors.
CLASS OF 1938 SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established by the Class of 1938 as a Golden Anniversary Gift to the University at the 50th reunion of the class. The award is to be made to a student who has successfully completed one academic year at West Chester and is based on leadership, scholarship, character, and financial need. Application forms are available through the Office of Financial Aid.
CLASS OF 1942 SCHOLARSHIP. Established by the Class of 1942, this scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Education with a record of high academic achievement, demonstrated financial need, and evidence of contributions to the campus community through volunteer activities.
CLASS OF 1943 MATH SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was initiated by two Class of 1943 members to improve the teaching of math on the middle school and secondary levels. It is awarded annually to an undergraduate who intends to teach mathematics, exhibits excellence in that discipline, and will help foster the job of problem solving in others. Applications are made through the Department of Mathematics.
*CLASS OF 1943 TEACHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP. The Class of 1943 of West Chester State Teachers College established this scholarship on the occasion of its 60th reunion held May 3, 2003. The scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming student in the field of education who demonstrates both financial need and high academic standards. Recipients are chosen by the Office of Financial Aid.
CLASS OF 1945 MUSIC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is designated for an upper-class, music education student who has proven teaching skills in either instrument or voice. The recipient will be chosen by the music education faculty.
CLASS OF 1948 SCHOLARSHIP. The Class of 1948 initiated this scholarship as a gift in celebration of its 50th reunion. Recipients must be a junior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, major in an area of teacher education, and be active in at least one school-sponsored extracurricular activity. The scholarship is renewable provided the minimum 3.0 GPA is maintained. The minimum award is currently $750.
CLASS OF 1951 SCHOLARSHIP. The Class of '51 established this scholarship as a gift in celebration of its 50th reunion in May 2001. The award is made to an incoming freshman student who plans to major in education, has a cumulative high school grade average of "B" or better, participated in extracurricular or community activities, and demonstrates financial need. The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient maintains an overall 3.0 average at West Chester University.
CLASS OF 1957 SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established by the Class of 1957 to assist entering freshman students with demonstrated exemplary achievement in mathematics or science and English. Application forms are available through the Office of Financial Aid.
CLASS OF 1959 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship supports an incoming freshman student with demonstrated financial need. The application is available through the Office of Financial Aid.
CLASS OF 1963 SCHOLARSHIP. To honor this class, a scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman student who demonstrates financial need and has a minimum 3.0 GPA (high school).
*CLASS OF 1967 SCHOLARSHIP. Established by the Class of 1967, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving incoming freshman student.
CLASS OF 1970 SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was made available through the Class of 1970 on its 15th reunion in 1985. The award is to be made to a student who has demonstrated academic achievement and good University citizenship. The amount is no less than $100. Application forms are available through the Office of Financial Aid.
JOHN T. COATES HORN SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established in 1987 as a memorial to John T. Coates by his wife and daughters. It is awarded to a talented incoming freshman student whose major performing area is the French horn.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ENDOWMENT. The College of Education Endowment was created by John F. Kenny '32 in memory of his wife, Vera A. Kenny, and in recognition of Clarence L. McKelvie '24, professor of education. Awards or loans will be made to academically deserving students under the guidance of the dean of the College of Education.
COLONIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR BUSINESS STUDY. This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshman students with demonstrated financial need from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School enrolled in the College of Business and Public Affairs.
*CONNELLY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP. The Connelly Foundation, established in 1955 by Mr. and Mrs. John F. Connelly (deceased), provided the funds for this endowed scholarship. Awards will be made to deserving graduates of Catholic high schools in the five-county Philadelphia area including Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.50 and outstanding SAT/ACT scores.
ALICE CONWAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship memorializes beloved WCU staff member Alice Conway by supporting a nontraditional student with dependents under the age of 18.
SAMUEL RUSSELL COSBY, JR. ’44 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC. This scholarship provides financial support to an undergraduate student who has performed as a member of the Philadelphia School District All City Jazz Ensemble and would otherwise be unable to meet the cost of education in the WCU College of Visual and Performing Arts. This award may be renewed in subsequent years if the recipient maintains an acceptable academic standing and continues to have financial need as defined by the University's Office of Financial Aid. The scholarship was created to honor Samuel R. Cosby, Jr., by his nephew Bill Cosby.
PAT CROCE SPORTS MEDICINE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship was established through a personal gift from Pat Croce to recognize and reward outstanding students in the sports medicine program.
JEANNE CROSS ’49 KINESIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is to be awarded to an incoming freshman student who intends to major in kinesiology.
*KENDALL PARIS DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming, full-time, female student from Delaware with demonstrated financial need and deep academic desire. This award is renewable for up to four years.
CLIFFORD DeBAPTISTE SCHOLARSHIP. Named in honor of Clifford DeBaptiste, former mayor of the Borough of West Chester, community leader, and local businessman, this scholarship will assist qualified traditional and nontraditional social work students from both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs. Requirements include excellence in academic achievement, demonstrated community leadership initiatives, and a demonstrated commitment to bicultural and bilingual social work practice. Initial assistance in the range of $500 will be provided for book funds and/or travel assistance to and from practicum assignments.
ERIC S. DELLECKER '84 SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship for pre-medical students was established in memory of Eric S. Dellecker by his parents. Recipients are chosen by the University Pre-Medical Committee based on academic achievement and the completion of one academic year in the pre-medical program.
PHILLIP B. DONLEY AWARD. This scholarship was established by the athletic training alumni and is awarded to a junior majoring in athletic training. The recipient will be chosen based on GPA, clinical evaluations, and service (professional, University, and community).
*RALPH H. DeRUBBO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND. This scholarship was created by Ralph H. DeRubbo '47 to assist a student in financial need.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP. Scholarships are available to minority students who are enrolled full time. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to make a positive contribution to the University and/or community through active involvement.
DR. ROBERT E. DRAYER MEMORIAL AWARD. An annual award for the senior who graduates with the most distinguished record in history, in memory of Dr. Robert E. Drayer, assistant professor of history, who died in 1968. The Department of History selects the recipient.
ROBERT EDWARD DRAYER SCHOLARSHIPS. There are three renewable Drayer Scholarships. The four-year full scholarship is given to a freshman history major with strong academic achievement; it covers in-state tuition, fees, room, and board. The two-year full scholarship also covers in-state tuition, fees, room, and board, and is awarded for academic merit each year to a history major who will be returning to West Chester University as a junior. The $2,000 four-year partial scholarship is awarded each year to a freshman history major on the basis of need and merit.
EARTH AND SPACE UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP. Awards will be made to junior or senior majors in B.S. geoscience or B.S.Ed. earth and space sciences on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and personal characteristics. Recipients will be chosen by vote of the faculty in the Department of Geology and Astronomy.
ENDO PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is available to students enrolled in the pharmaceutical product development program. Recipients will demonstrate financial need and have excelled in their studies. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
ENGLISH FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship (approximately $500) will support a full-time, incoming freshman student or transfer student majoring in English with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement. Application with short writing sample is required. Renewable for a second semester if major and 3.0 GPA are maintained.
CELIA C. ESPLUGAS HISPANIC OR MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a third- or fourth-year Hispanic student majoring in any language, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.25 GPA in major. Contact the Department of Languages and Cultures for more information.
FACULTY AWARD. A certificate presented annually to a graduating senior in the Department of Nursing who, in the opinion of the department faculty, demonstrates "outstanding ability and exceptional commitment to professional nursing."
FACULTY SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Annual awards of $200 each are made in May to undergraduate students on the basis of academic ability and financial need. Applications are made to the Faculty Scholarship Fund.
MICHAEL FALCONE MEMORIAL JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded in memory of Michael Falcone ’70, a distinguished jazz musician and educator. The recipient must be an outstanding second- or third-year member of the Criterions Jazz Ensemble, as well as a music major.
ALAN FALLICK CELLO SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a School of Music cello major. Contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts for more information.
DR. AND MRS. ALBERT E. FILANO MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIP. Dr. Filano served the University for more than 35 years as a mathematics professor, department chair, division director, academic vice president, interim president, and adviser to the Newman Center. The scholarship fund was established as part of the naming of Filano Hall, dedicated on August 19, 2000, the 50th wedding anniversary of Dr. Albert E. and Mary Rita Filano. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming student majoring in mathematics with a demonstrated commitment to the community through service/volunteerism. It is renewable if the recipient remains a mathematics major and maintains a GPA of at least 2.70.
DEBRA POLLARD FORD '76 MARKETING SCHOLARSHIP. Inter-Media Marketing and American Telecast Corporation established this scholarship in memory of Debra Pollard Ford '76, an educator who later served as the director of training and development at Inter-Media Marketing. The scholarship is awarded annually to a marketing major who is selected by the Department of Marketing faculty.
ALAN FRANCE MEMORIAL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to the author of the best essay exploring relationships among language, thought, and culture. Contact the Department of English for more information.
*MELVIN L. FREE SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by Melvin L. Free, a member of the class of 1932. It is offered to an incoming freshman student with a strong academic record.
FRESHMAN STRING SCHOLARSHIPS.Two scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman music students who are string majors, based on performance and potential. Performance is evaluated during the music entrance test administered to prospective students.
CHARLES S. and MARGHERITA GANGEMI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a School of Music major. The award will be made alternately, one year for a theory/composition major and the next year for one in piano, starting fall 2009 with the former. The award will be open to a student at any level (nonrenewable) but is given for the highest achievement both scholastically and artistically. If no one meets these criteria, then the scholarship will not be granted. Faculty members of each respective department are to choose the recipients.
DR. CHARLES GARBER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a computer science major with a high GPA who has demonstrated financial need. Contact the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for more information.
ELIZABETH COOPER WALLS GIBSON ’41 SCHOLARSHIP. As the first African-American woman to be appointed principal in the Coatesville Area School District, Elizabeth Gibson’s last project was to find ways to increase the presence of African-American teachers and administrators in the Octorara Area School District. This scholarship was created to honor her memory and help achieve that goal. The recipient will be an entering freshman African-American student majoring in education from Octorara High School. The award is based on financial need.
RAYMOND AND MAY GRAYSON FRIDAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by Dr. Raymond Friday, professor of vocal and choral music, in memory of his parents. It is awarded annually to a freshman voice major who is selected in the spring semester on the basis of scholarship and vocal achievement.
MIRIAM GOTTLIEB PIANO SCHOLARSHIP. This award has been made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Miriam Gottlieb, who was a member of the University's Department of Keyboard Music faculty from 1946 until her retirement in 1975.
MICHAEL C. GREY AWARD. This award was established in memory of Michael C. Grey '89 by Barbara J. Brown, an alumna and former faculty/staff member.
BESSIE GRUBB SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRAPHIC ARTS. Named for Bessie Grubb, who was employed at West Chester University in the College of Education's Visual Aids Department for 30 years until her retirement in 1969, this scholarship is awarded to a junior with a concentration in graphic design or photography.
THE JOHN GUTSCHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC EDUCATION. This award, presented for the first time in 1988, is based on music student teaching excellence, academic excellence, and financial need. The award was established by the family of John Gutscher, a former music faculty member. The student or students are selected by the music student teaching supervisors with the approval of the Department of Music Education.
*EVELYN H. HALDEMAN SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by Evelyn H. Haldeman, a member of the class of 1944. One-time awards are made by the University Scholarship Committee to students based on need, above-average scholarship, and citizenship.
MAZIE B. HALL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established in honor of Mazie B. Hall '24 who worked all of her adult life to establish better relations among individuals.
*DR. CLIFFORD H. HARDING ARTS AND SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by a bequest from Dr. Clifford H. Harding, former professor of history and chair of the Department of Political Science. Awards will be made to qualified entering freshmen students with several renewable for the second year. Applicants to majors in the College of Arts and Sciences will be invited to apply based on a review of their high school rank, high school GPA, and total SAT scores.
*DR. CLIFFORD H. HARDING BUSINESS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by a bequest from Dr. Clifford H. Harding, former professor of history and chair of the Department of Political Science. Awards will be made to qualified entering freshman students. Applicants to majors in the College of Business and Public Affairs will be invited to apply based on a review of their high school rank, high school GPA, and total SAT scores.
JACK GARDENER HAWTHORNE SCHOLARSHIP (ART). Made possible by Jack Hawthorne, this scholarship is awarded to a freshman art major based on the quality of his or her portfolio. Applicants are encouraged to submit their portfolio in August for review and selection by the Department of Art faculty.
LEONARD HOCKENSMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR PHI KAPPA SIGMA. This fund was established in memory of Leonard Hockensmith '91, a history major and Phi Kappa Sigma brother, who was active in his fraternity and campus organizations, which included being a cartoonist for the Quad. The scholarship will be awarded to a Phi Kappa Sigma brother or a relative of a Phi Kappa Sigma alumni brother from any chapter who is active in extracurricular activities, has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.60, and is in good standing with the fraternity and the campus community.
HELEN WILLIAMS HODGSON ’19 AND BENJAMIN WILLIAMS HODGSON ’51 SCHOLARSHIP. Suzanne Hodgson Gottling started this scholarship in memory of her mother and in honor of her brother; both children followed Helen Williams Hodgson into the teaching profession.This scholarship will benefit an incoming freshman student majoring in elementary or secondary education with demonstrated financial need.
MAEVE A. HOLAHAN SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a third- or fourth-year female vocal performance major. An audition is required. Contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts for more information.
ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established in honor of the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), pre-eminent scholar of his time, who explored much of Latin America collecting and cataloging the flora of the New World and is considered the founder of plant geography. The recipient should be a foreign language major who plans to continue with graduate study, or a junior or senior foreign language major enrolled in a study abroad program.
MARY LOUISE TURNER HOPKINS '43 AWARD. This award was established by John Feelye Hopkins '43 in memory of his wife Mary Louise Turner Hopkins and has been permanently endowed through his recent bequest. It is presented annually to a senior majoring in special education.
HELEN TAPPER IVINS '35 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. The Helen Tapper Ivins '35 Endowed Scholarship was established by Mrs. Ivins's sister, Marie Tapper Lewis '32, and her son, C. Stephen Lewis, in memory of Helen Tapper Ivins, a member of the West Chester University History/Social Studies Department who also served on one of the school's first scholarship committees. The Ivins Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 who is studying to become a history/social studies teacher. Applications can be made through the Department of History.
MARION PETERS IRVIN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by family members to assist an upperclass education major, committed to teaching, who has financial need.
ANN JOHNS SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded by the Faculty Dames of West Chester University to undergraduate women who are at least 25 years old, enrolled in degree programs, and demonstrate financial need. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information and application forms.
ARTHUR E. JONES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Talent in the choral conducting area is the consideration for this annual award to a music student in remembrance of Dr. Arthur E. Jones, former chair of choral music. To be eligible, a student must be a junior who has completed a course in choral conducting. A 2.0 overall GPA and a 2.5 music GPA are required. The Department of Applied Music selects the recipient.
KAPPA KAPPA PSI OUTSTANDING BANDSMAN AWARD. This award was established by the Eta Rho chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity to support a student who demonstrates leadership, a positive attitude, personal responsibility, and a commitment to the well-being of the WCU Marching Band.
CAROLYN KEEFE SCHOLARSHIP. The Carolyn Keefe Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Carolyn Keefe, professor emerita of communications studies, former longtime professor of speech communication, and a director of forensics at WCU. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must have completed at least two years on the Forensics Team, return to the University and participate in active competition the following year, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be a member of Pi Kappa Delta, national forensics honorary.
VERA A. KENNY SCHOLARSHIP. This award is made to an incoming freshman student enrolled in the College of Education.
ALTA M. KETNER ’42 MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by Alta M. Ketner ’42 for an endowed scholarship awarded to a deserving student in the School of Music.
DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP. Three scholarships are awarded to any sophomore, junior, or senior student in health and physical education. Applications are made to the chairperson, Department of Kinesiology.
CHARLOTTE E. KING SCHOLARSHIP. This endowed scholarship was established by N. Ruth Reed in memory of Dr. Charlotte E. King, former University professor and first chair of the Elementary Education Department. The committee from the department will select an elementary education recipient.
DAVID S. KONITZER ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship honors the memory of David S. Konitzer, a West Chester University senior who was tragically killed in an automobile accident. The scholarship is awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior Chester County resident who plans to teach physical education and who meets other scholarship requirements.
FRITZ K. KRUEGER MEMORIAL VOICE SCHOLARSHIP. Two scholarships, endowed by the Krueger family, for freshman students who are vocalists are awarded in honor of the late Fritz K. Krueger, who taught in the Department of Vocal and Choral Music from 1961 until 1971. Applications are made to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
STANLEY H. AND FLEURETTE LANG/NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by the Northeast High School Alumni Association and is awarded to a Northeast High School graduate based on high scholastic standing, class rank, SAT scores, service to Northeast High School, good character, school and community citizenship, and financial need. The scholarship is renewable through four years and is usually awarded to a new student once every four years.
BARBARA J. LAPPANO ’67, M’73 DANCE SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a full-time dance minor student. Contact the Department of Theatre and Dance for more information.
LEONARD LAUBACH MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP. Leonard Laubach '40 established this scholarship for music students. Awards are determined by the School of Music Faculty Scholarship Committee.
MATILDA C. LIPSCOMB FRENCH SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a French language major or minor planning to participate in a language program. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in the French major or minor. Contact the Department of Languages and Cultures for mor information.
LOMBARDI-PETERS AWARD SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports students majoring in foreign languages. Contact the Department of Languages and Cultures for more information.
MEL LORBACK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Established by Jerad L. Yeagley '62, this scholarship honors Mel Lorback, former WCU soccer coach and professor. The scholarship will assist a male soccer player with outstanding academic and leadership qualities, with preference given to physical education majors.
VIRGINIA KESHEL MACARTHUR ’52 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to a second-year student with financial need and an interest in teaching, conducting, or performing music in a sacred setting. Candidates are to submit a letter to the Applied Music chairperson giving evidence of these requirements, as well as two letters of recommendation (one from a music teacher and the other confirming musical involvement in a sacred setting). Awardees must agree to actively participate in the School of Music choral ensembles. Recipients must maintain a cumulative 3.0 average GPA in all subject areas.
LEWIS H. MARSHALL AWARD. An annual award is made to a senior in the social and behavioral sciences whose leadership, professional promise, and academic achievement are outstanding. It is made available by the Chester County Association of Township Officials, and the awardee is selected by a committee of faculty selected from appropriate disciplines.
SANDRA F. PRITCHARD MATHER ’64, M’68 RESEARCH SUPPORT ENDOWMENT AND ENDOWMENT FOR GEOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY. Sandra Mather is a retired WCU professor and emerita. The research support endowment is intended to enhance research initiatives and opportunities for the faculty and students in the Department of Geology and Astronomy. The endowment for geology and astronomy is for student assistance/scholarship, faculty development, or equipment needs.
CHARLES MAYO SCHOLARSHIP. This award of approximately $250 is made annually in memory of Dr. Charles Mayo, a political scientist, who was president of West Chester University from 1974 until 1982. It is made by vote of the political science faculty to an outstanding junior or senior in the discipline. Details are available through the Department of Political Science.
JAMES E. McERLANE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDY. This award is presented to a student with academic ability and financial need for study abroad. The scholarship was established in honor of James E. McErlane, Esq. by his friends in the Chester County community.
*MARTHA FORD McILVAIN SCHOLARSHIP. Established by Martha Ford '52 and Donald McIlvain, this scholarship provides annual assistance to entering freshmen students of high academic promise, and is renewable through graduation provided a minimum 3.0 GPA and full-time status are maintained.
NANCY R. McINTYRE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman student from Pennsylvania who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or has some other physical disability. Preference will be given to students enrolling in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Education. Applicants should demonstrate extracurricular involvement and leadership capabilities through service or group work.
KAYE D. AND ROBERT D. McKINNEY SCHOLARSHIP FOR PAINTING. Candidates for this scholarship will be recommended for selection by the WCU Department of Art chair to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This scholarship is available to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degrees in the Department of Art and are awarded annually.
RICHARD AND JEANETTE MERION SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a student majoring in chemistry or biology, with preference given to a member of ROTC. Contact the College of Arts and Sciences for more information.
DR. ALAN P. MEWHA ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Established by Dr. Pricilla Alden Mewha in memory of Dr. Alan P. Mewha and his instructors Miss Harriet Elliot and Miss Leone Broadhead, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding upperclass geography major.
S. POWELL MIDDLETON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This is an annual award to a freshman music student for talent and achievement on an orchestral instrument. The award honors the former conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra who died in 1970.
DOROTHY GIVEN MILLER AND FRANK WILLIAM MILLER SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by Dorothy Given Miller '19 and Frank William Miller '20. Recipients must have successfully completed one year at the University and demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, strength of character, and financial need. Application forms are available from the Office of Financial Aid.
LLOYD C. MITCHELL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Lloyd C. Mitchell upon his retirement in 1971 after 35 years' service at the University, including 20 years as chair of the Department of Music and dean of the School of Music. It is awarded annually to a freshman music student selected by a piano faculty jury. Applications are made to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
MICHAEL P. MONTEMURO MATH SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by the Montemuro family in memory of math professor Dr. Michael P. Montemuro. A $1,000 scholarship for tuition will be awarded to an incoming freshman student who is enrolled in the B.S.Ed. degree program in mathematics. Selection by a Department of Mathematics committee will be based on the high school record of the candidates, including SAT scores, class rank, courses, grades, and recommendations.
AGNES MONTEMURO SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to an honors graduate of Interboro High School, with preference given to a student planning to major in education. The Interboro High School guidance staff, administration, and senior teachers choose recipients.
MICHAEL MOROCHOKO MEMORIAL PIANO AWARD. The Department of Applied Music presents a scholarship annually to an outstanding junior music student majoring in piano. This award is a memorial to Michael Morochoko, father of a former student.
CAROLE REDDING MURRAY SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports an incoming student with financial need majoring in education. Preference is given to a student from Little Flower High School in Philadelphia. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for an application.
CONNIE MURRAY SCHOLARSHIP FOR PIANO. The Main Line Music Teachers established this $300 award in memory of Connie Murray, one of their members, who championed the cause of private music teachers. The scholarship is presented each year to a piano pedagogy major and selected by the keyboard faculty in the Department of Applied Music.
JON MUSTAFA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship will be given to a rising second-year business major, with at least 15 credits completed. The student should have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be an out-of-state student. If no out-of-state students meet these criteria, then the scholarship may be awarded to an in-state student.
MUSTALISH ENDOWMENT FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH. Dr. Roger Mustalish, professor of health at WCU and president of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation (ACEER), and his wife, Sue Mustalish ’03, an RN, have established this scholarship because of their interest in holistic health issues. This scholarship will support a student studying for the master of public health degree, integrative health track.
NATIONAL GUARD OFFICERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Upon certification by the appropriate National Guard official as being eligible, students may register for a given semester by paying 25 percent of tuition costs plus all other fees. The University will bill the National Guard directly for the remaining 75 percent of the tuition charges.
NEW JERSEY ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP. The New Jersey Chapter of the West Chester University Alumni Association sponsors two annual $500 scholarship awards. These awards are available to students who are New Jersey residents and are funded by the contributions of New Jersey alumni. Applications may be obtained through the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Alumni Relations.
CHARLOTTE W. NEWCOMBE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate women who are at least 25 years old and enrolled in their junior or senior years. Selection is based on scholastic ability, financial need, and special life circumstances. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information and application forms.
MARTIN N. NGUYEN SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a student in the School of Music who demonstrates leadership. Contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts for more information.
DOROTHY NOWACK SCHOLARSHIP. This award was established in memory of Dorothy Nelson Nowack, a professor of public health at West Chester until her retirement in 1991. Recipients will be seniors with 90 credits who are studying public health/health promotion, have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA, and exhibit a commitment to professional activities and service to the University, a department, or outside community.
OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded annually by the Off-Campus Student Association to undergraduate commuters who are involved with off-campus activities.
RICHARD PACIARONI '55 SCHOLARSHIP. This endowed memorial scholarship for geography, established by the Paciaroni family, is awarded annually to an undergraduate geography major or graduate student for enrichment activities or career/professional development. Recipients are required to have a 3.0 GPA in geography major and are chosen by the Department of Geography faculty.
THEODORA PANDEL MEMORIAL PIANO SCHOLARSHIP. This award is presented through the generosity of Praxiteles Pandel, retired associate professor of piano.
EDITH HARMON PARKER BLACK CAUCUS ALUMNI CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established through the estate of Edith Harmon Parker '33 and is awarded to a student with good academic standing studying a discipline related to human relations, with preference given to black students.
HILLARY H. PARRY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. An annual award to a junior music student, granted for scholarship, citizenship, and achievement in vocal study. The scholarship is in remembrance of a former teacher of voice. A 2.0 overall GPA and a 2.5 music GPA are required.
BLANCHE STRETCH PETERSON PIANO/ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman student from New Jersey whose main area of performance is the piano or organ, with preference given to a student from Salem or Cumberland counties.
PHI MU ALPHA SINFONIA, POWELL MIDDLETON AWARD. An annual award in memory of S. Powell Middleton is presented by the Rho Sigma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men's music fraternity. It is based on outstanding musicianship, scholarship, and character. Applications are made to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
WILLIAM PYLE PHILIPS SCHOLARSHIPS. Awarded annually to juniors and seniors who are natives of Chester County on the basis of demonstrated scholastic ability. Funds are available for approximately five scholarships to cover the basic tuition. Application forms may be secured in the Office of Financial Aid.
*PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP. These merit-based, renewable scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman students based on the successful completion of an academic high school program, SAT or ACT scores, high school rank, and academic record. For additional information and application forms, contact the Office of Admissions.
PRESSER SCHOLARSHIP. This is a grant of $1,000, consisting of $500 from the Theodore Presser Foundation and $500 from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, to be applied toward tuition in a student's senior year. It is awarded by the president of the University to the student majoring in music who achieved the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the junior year, having completed no less than 95 credits at West Chester University. During the recipient's senior year, the student will be known as the Presser Scholar, denoting a reward for excellence with the hope that the award will help the student not only financially, but also in his/her future career.
ED ’85 AND JOLI ’79 WILLIAMS PRY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a freshman student majoring in computer science who is involved in a musical activity. Contact the Department of Computer Science for more information.
N. RUTH REED HEALTH DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is sponsored by the West Chester University Department of Health. Applicants must be students at West Chester University (specifically, undergraduate health majors with sophomore academic status or better), possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and demonstrate high moral character, positive personality traits, and evidence of genuine interest and aptitude in working in the health field. For information contact the Department of Health.
WINIFRED PIERSOL REESER '43 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports an upperclass student who is committed to the field of kinesiology and maintains a GPA of at least 3.0.
REISS FOREIGN STUDIES ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Retired faculty member Mary Ann Reiss created this scholarship for students majoring in French, German, Russian, or Spanish who plan to study abroad.
JOEL M. RESSNER SCHOLARSHIP IN CHEMISTRY AND JOEL M. RESSNER SCHOLARSHIP FOR MINORITY STUDENTS IN CHEMISTRY. Joel Ressner, WCU associate professor of chemistry, has established two scholarships to benefit students majoring in chemistry.
FRANCIS J. REYNOLDS SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded by the Department of Chemistry to a chemistry major who has successfully completed one year at the University. Applications are available through the Department of Chemistry.
LEAH GALLAGHER RIDDLE '41 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established as a memorial to alumna Leah Gallagher Riddle '41 by her family and friends. It will be awarded annually to an exemplary upperclass student whose major is in early childhood and/or elementary education.
ALFRED D. ROBERTS FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established in honor of Dr. Alfred D. Roberts, professor of foreign languages at West Chester University from 1959 through 1988. He founded the Department of Foreign Languages and the Junior Year Abroad program at West Chester, and served as the president of the Faculty Senate. The scholarship recipient will be a student with outstanding achievement in the study of a foreign language but does not need to have a major or minor in foreign language.
KATHERINE A. ROWLES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ART. Candidates for this scholarship will be recommended for selection by the WCU Department of Art chair to the dean of the college of visual and performing arts. This scholarship is available to students enrolled in undergraduate degrees in the Department of Art and are awarded annually.
SARTOMER COMPANY ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP. A $1,500 annual environmental award is presented to a sophomore or junior who is a Pennsylvania resident and has fulfilled a number of chemistry courses including the chemistry of the environment course. Recipients must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.2 GPA in the sciences as well as write an essay judged by a company representative.
*MABEL KRING SCHAFFER '10 SCHOLARSHIP. This award was established in memory of Mabel Kring Schaffer through the estate of her daughter, Nancy E. Schaffer, class of 1949. It will be awarded to a worthy student with financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship, as determined by the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid.
ANNE M. SCHAUB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. The Anne M. Schaub Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a kinesiology major who is entering the second semester of the sophomore year. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.
CLARENCE SCHOCK FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS. The Clarence Schock Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships for study at West Chester University in the amount of $6,600 payable in incremental amounts over four years. High school students qualified for college admission or high school graduates who have not attended college on a full-time basis may compete for a Schock Foundation Scholarship when their legal residences are located in the following Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. A student attending the Shippensburg, Boyertown, Spring-Ford, or Williams Valley High Schools in Pennsylvania whose residence is outside the aforementioned area is considered in the SICO Company service area and may apply for a scholarship. No distinction is made on the basis of sex, race, or religious belief.
SCHOOL OF MUSIC STRING SCHOLARSHIP. Two scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman students who are string majors.
EVERETT E. SHAEFER MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Established by R. Elizabeth Wyers Shaefer '44 in memory of her husband, this scholarship assists a performing musician enrolled in any music degree program with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA with a minimum 2.5 GPA in music.
DR. AHMAD H. SHAMSEDDINE MEMORIAL AWARD. An annual award is given to an outstanding student in the field of business/economics, in memory of Dr. Ahmad H. Shamseddine, associate professor of economics, who died in 1971.
VIOLA B. SHAY SCHOLARSHIP (VOICE). Viola B. Shay was the beloved aunt of Mr. Tom Gordon, who established this scholarship. Ms. Shay was a soprano who was active in the Matinee Music Club of Philadelphia for many years. This scholarship is awarded annually to a talented incoming vocal major as selected by the vocal/choral faculty.
JANE ELIZABETH SHEPPARD VOCAL/CHORAL SCHOLARSHIP. This award was established in honor of Jane E. Sheppard upon her retirement in May 1987 after 34 years of service in the Department of Vocal and Choral Music. The recipient of this monetary award will be selected on the basis of outstanding participation in vocal and choral activities, which must include four semesters of Chamber Choir, scholarship, and personal qualifications.
JESSE V. SILVANO SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established in memory of Jesse V. Silvano, a West Chester University student. To qualify, recipients must be a sophomore, junior, or first-semester senior, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be committed to completing an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, have an interest in attending law school, be active in campus or community activities, and have financial need.
ROB SIMON MEMORIAL AWARD. This award has been established by Joseph and Janice Simon, alumni of the School of Music, and the late Dr. Irving H. Cohen, a member of the School of Music faculty for many years, in memory of Rob Simon, who was a double bass major at the University. The competition is open to double bass majors during their junior or senior year.
VINCENT D. AND MARIE R. SKAHAN SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship, in honor of Vincent D. and Marie R. Skahan, benefits graduating seniors from West Catholic High School who have been accepted for admission to West Chester University. Recipients must have a cumulative B average upon graduation from high school. The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA. The minimum award is currently $500. If no qualified student from West Catholic is identified, a student from any parochial school in the city of Philadelphia may receive the scholarship if he or she meets the other criteria.
GREG SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. An annual scholarship of $100 is presented by the baseball club in memory of a former baseball captain and president of the baseball club.
RICHARD A. SMITH ’06 EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is in memory of Richard Smith, son of Dr. Arthur Smith, who is a professor in the WCU Department of Geology and Astronomy. This scholarship will be used to assist students seeking bachelor’s degrees in geology, earth and space science, or earth and space science secondary education at WCU.
W. W. SMITH CHARITABLE TRUST SCHOLARSHIP. The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust was established in 1977 under the will of William Wikoff Smith, an important supporter of educational opportunity in the Delaware Valley. Established through his will, the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust has carried on Smith’s work. Funds from this program are used to support students with high unmet need. The funds also support students enrolled in the Academic Development Program at West Chester University. For additional information, contact the director of the Academic Development Program or the Office of Financial Aid.
SOPHOMORE MUSIC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP. Three scholarships are given annually to music education sophomores. University citizenship and musical performance as well as a 2.0 overall GPA and a 2.5 music GPA are required. Applications are made to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
SOPHOMORE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS. These awards are presented annually to three sophomore music students, one each in the areas of instrumental, vocal, and keyboard. Recipients must exhibit good citizenship and performance skills, as well as have an overall 2.0 GPA and a 2.5 GPA in music. Auditions for the scholarships are held in the fall semester.
CHARLES A. SPRENKLE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Created by family and friends, this scholarship honors Dr. Charles A. Sprenkle, who joined the faculty in 1955 and was appointed dean of the School of Music in 1971. The scholarship is awarded annually, at the beginning of the fall semester, for tuition assistance to the sophomore who achieved the highest grade point average during the previous year as a full-time freshman student enrolled in the School of Music.
DR. ETHEL M. STALEY SCHOLARSHIP. Established in memory of Dr. Ethel M. Staley, who taught French at West Chester from 1930 to 1952, this scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student in French.
JANE B. SWAN SCHOLARSHIP. Sponsored by the Women's Institute of West Chester University, a scholarship of approximately $500 is awarded annually to a woman student who is completing an interrupted education. Application forms are available at the Women's Center.
DR. CHARLES S. SWOPE SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION. A Memorial Scholarship Trust Foundation established by Charles E. Swope and Richard M. Swope in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swope. Dr. Swope served as president of West Chester University for a quarter of a century. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in their junior year. Scholarships are $1,000 each; up to 15 may be awarded annually. Applications must be filed on or before April 1. Selection is made during May with scholarships commencing in September.
ELINOR Z. TAYLOR ’43 SCHOLARSHIP. Elinor Z. Taylor was a retired WCU professor emerita, administrator, and representative from the 156th Legislative District in Chester County. This scholarship will support a female student who is majoring in kinesiology.
WILLIAM A. AND BARBARA V. TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIPS. Mrs. Barbara Taylor Toland established this endowed scholarship in memory of her first husband of 35 years, William A. Taylor. Two renewable, full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman students, one to a Chichester High School graduate and one to a Sun Valley High School graduate. The recipients are to be deserving students who have not qualified for any other scholarships or financial aid at the University.
EDYTHE M. TRAPNELL ’41 HONORS SCHOLARSHIP. Edythe M. Trapnell, a former public school teacher, established this scholarship to be given to an Honors College student based on the student’s and family’s financial need, as well as the student’s demonstrated academic performance.
S. ELIZABETH TYSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student in the Department of Communicative Disorders.
ROBERT M. AND VERA VALYO SCHOLARSHIP. The scholarship honors Chief Robert M. and Vera Valyo. Robert served as chief of police in Willistown Township, Chester County. To qualify, recipients must be criminal justice majors entering their junior or senior year and have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0. This scholarship is renewable if the GPA is maintained. The minimum award is currently $500.
JOY VANDEVER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. Established by the friends of Joy Vandever upon her retirement from the West Chester University faculty, this scholarship is awarded to a music major who finishes among the top 50 percent in the Parry Junior Year Voice Competition.
A. VonHUMBOLT FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a third- or forth-year student majoring in a foreign language with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who intends to pursue graduate study or is enrolled in a study-abroad program. Contact the Department of Languages and Cultures for more information.
EARLE C. WATERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established in memory of Earle C. Waters, former professor of health and physical education and coach of nationally renowned soccer, track, and gymnastics teams. Awards will be made to students demonstrating financial need who have completed their first year with a GPA of no less than 2.8 in the Department of Kinesiology with a concentration in the teaching of health and physical education, and who have demonstrated qualities of a well-rounded citizen by participating in and contributing to the success of University or community-sponsored activities. Awards will be made by a committee from the College of Health Sciences.
DOUGLAS M. WEISS ATHLETIC TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports a third-year student majoring in the athletic training program. Preference will be given to those assigned to clinical assignment at Swarthmore College. Contact the Department of Sports Medicine for more information.
JAMES R. WELLS ’54 MARCHING BAND SCHOLARSHIP. Named in honor of Dr. James R. Wells, professor of music education and the director of the WCU Marching Band, this scholarship is awarded to top marching band students.
MYNN DIEFENDERFER WHITE '27 HONORS SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship has been endowed in honor of Mynn Diefenderfer White by her husband, Paul, her two children, Cynthia and Jim, and three of her grandchildren. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior who is a member in good standing of the University honors program, is active in the Honors Student Association, and who demonstrates leadership in the campus community. The award is renewable for the second year provided the recipient maintains the standards for which they were initially selected.
PATTI S. WIGGINS ’47 SCHOLARSHIP. Patricia Morey established this scholarship in memory of her cousin and friend, who was a music education major. This scholarship will support a School of Music piano student.
HARRY WILKINSON MUSIC THEORY SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore music student during the spring semester on the basis of talent and achievement in the areas of music theory, ear-training, and sight singing. The scholarship fund has been established by Dr. Harry Wilkinson, retired professor in the Department of Music Theory and Composition.
LOIS WILLIAMS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship was established by Lois Williams, the former choral conductor and vocal professor who retired in 1991 after 36 years of service to the University. It is awarded to a student in any music degree program within the School of Music who has earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all music subjects. The student must be at least in his or her third semester of Concert Choir. The candidate for this scholarship will be selected by the conductor of the Concert Choir and will be presented to a student whose leadership and responsibility as a member of the Concert Choir is an obvious indication of this person's potential as a musician/educator.
YAROSEWICK FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP. Dr. Stanley Yarosewick served WCU for 25 years as a physics faculty member and in several administrative roles. His wife, Mary-Lou, was a teacher in the Downingtown Area School District who took classes at WCU. A stepson, S. Kenneth Wager ’88, and son, Michael J. Yarosewick ’91, graduated with degrees in computer science and physical education, respectively. This endowed scholarship fund was created in recognition of the important contribution WCU has made to the Yarosewick family. This scholarship will support a fourth-year science major who has a minimum 3.2 GPA.
DR. CARLOS ZIEGLER SCHOLARSHIP. This $500 award is presented annually to a junior student majoring in early childhood or elementary education. The recipient must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and show leadership and potential as an early childhood or elementary teacher.
RUTH WALDMAN ZOLL SCHOLARSHIP. This fund was established through the generosity of the late Mrs. Ruth Waldman Zoll '28. These scholarships are especially for students who have significant need. Preference is given to a student entering the University from a high school in Berks County where Mrs. Zoll resided. Award amounts vary and application forms may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid.
ZUMPETTA FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship supports an incoming first-year student with demonstrated financial need and academic excellence who is majoring in music. Preference will be given to a string student. Contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts for more information.
* Students accepted to the University prior to January 15 who have demonstrated outstanding achievement will be invited to apply for these merit scholarships. Candidate selection is based on academic performance, involvement, and accomplishment, and is determined by the University Scholarship Committee.