Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

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The J. Peter Adler Award

Will support an incoming first-year student with outstanding academic and creative potential.  Applicants will present either an audition or a portfolio, which is reviewed by the Department of Theatre Arts faculty.

Lenore Alt Excellence in Leadership Award

Will support a third-year, female Music major with a GPA of 3.25+ and must have completed all theory and history of music 200 level required music courses.

West Chester University Alumni Association General Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) meritorious academic achievement; (2) demonstrated financial need; (3) campus activities; (4) completion of at least 32 credits at WCU at the time of application.

Geraldine Ruth Daley Anderson '34 Endowed Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) an undergraduate studying health sciences; (2) completion of 32 credit hours at West Chester University or a freshman who has graduated in the top 20 percent of his or her high school class (high school transcript required); (3) documented financial need; (4) demonstrated leadership qualities; (5) academic achievement will be considered; (6) athletic accomplishment may also be considered; (7) preference will be given to a student majoring in health sciences living in Luzerne, Lackawanna or Wyoming counties in PA.

Robert S. Anderson Class of 1923 Scholarship

Will support an incoming student with satisfactory academic standards and financial need

Sandra A. Atkins Memorial Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year music student at West Chester University who is a graduate of Overbrook High School.

Beale Family Endowed Music Scholarship

Will be awarded beginning Fall 2017. Will entice or retain select undergraduate music students where skills or instruments would otherwise be missing.

Benzing Family Scholarship

Will support an outstanding fourth-year student majoring in Finance, who has outstanding academic performance.

*Board of Governors Scholarship

Merit-based renewable scholarship available to incoming freshmen who are residents of Pennsylvania, by invitation only.  A limited number of awards are also available to current students by application.

George and Susan Boyer Scholarship - Organ

Will support an incoming student in the School of Music majoring in Organ.

Carol A. Branca Scholarship

Will support a third-year student with a GPA of 3.5+ majoring in Communication Studies.

Laury S. Brokenshire Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding male third year student.

*Barbara Jo Heck Brown '49 Elementary Education Scholarship

By invitation only. Will support an incoming freshman majoring in Elementary Education with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and evidence of school, religious, and community activities.

Robert M. Brown Physics Scholarship

Will support a second, third or fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Physics whose GPA is at least 3.0.

*Bonnie Claire Bruno Scholarship

By invitation only. Will support an incoming freshman with a major in the College of the Sciences and Mathematics. Candidates must be a female Pennsylvania resident, with demonstrated financial need

Jeff Cameron Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth-year student with GPA of 2.5+ and facing physical adversity.

Cavalcade of Bands Scholarship

To support Incoming freshmen who are members of the WCU Marching Band and who were senior students of a high school band that is a member of the Cavalcade of Bands Association. Required to participate in Marching Band in the fall.

Robert L. Carl Keyboard Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year student from the School of Music majoring in Keyboard.

Paul E. Carson Band Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year student from the School of Music majoring in band instruments.

Frank Cheesman Vocal/Coral Scholarship

Will support a vocal-choral student.

Chester County Chapter Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) a Chester County (PA) High school graduate entering his/her first semester at West Chester University; (2) financial need; (3) GPA of 3.0 or greater; (4) good character; (5) leadership qualities.

Class of 1920 Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by the Class of 1920 through a gift on the occasion of the class's 65th reunion. The criteria for selection are: (1) the student must have completed one academic year of study at WCU or be a freshman who graduated within the top percentile of his or her high school class; (2) demonstrated financial need; (3) demonstrated leadership qualities and; (4) academic achievement.

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. Will support an incoming, first-year student based on scholarship, leadership, character, and with demonstrated financial need.

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 criteria for selection are: (1) Student must have successfully completed two semesters; (2) demonstrated financial need; (3) evidence of leadership qualities.

Class of 1942 Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) Student must have successfully completed two semesters with a 3.0 GPA and be an education major; (2) community volunteer involvement; (3) documented financial need.

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. Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics who intends to teach math upon graduation.

*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. By invitation only. Will support an incoming freshman with high academic performance who is majoring in Education.

Class of 1945 Memorial Scholarship for Music Education

Will support a third or fourth year Music Education student.

Class of 1948 Scholarship

The Class of 1948 initiated this scholarship as a gift in celebration of its 50th reunion. The criteria for selection are: (1) junior class standing who has a 3.0 GPA and be an education major; (2) campus activities (3) documented financial need.

Class of 1951 Scholarship

The Class of '51 established this scholarship as a gift in celebration of its 50th reunion in May 2001. The criteria for selection are (1) documented financial need; (2) U.S. citizenship (3) a resident of Pennsylvania; (4) a full-time student at WCU; (5) majoring in education; (6) participation in extra-curricular or community activities or employment; and (7) a GPA greater than 3.0.

Class of 1957 Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year undergraduate student with exemplary achievement in mathematics, science, or English.

Class of 1959 Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student with demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1963 Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student with demonstrated financial need who has a HS GPA of 3.0 or greater

*Class of '67 Scholarship

Established by the Class of 1967.  By invitation only. Will support an incoming first-year student.

John T. Coates Horn Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1987 as a memorial to John T. Coates by his wife and daughters. Will support a talented incoming first-year student from the School of Music majoring in French Horn.

College of Education and Social Work Dean's Scholarship

This scholarship supports a deserving undergraduate education major with outstanding scholarship and potential to be a teacher.

Colonial Business Study Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student in the College of Business and Public Management, with financial need. Preference given to Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School graduate; if not, any Montgomery County student enrolled in the School of Business and Public Management.

*Connelly Foundation Scholarship

The Connelly Foundation, established in 1955 by Mr. and Mrs. John F. Connelly (deceased), provided the funds for this endowed scholarship. By invitation only. Recipient must be an outstanding graduate of a Catholic high school in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties.

Alice Conway Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to one student annually. It supports a non-traditional student with dependents under the age of 18 years. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Samuel R. Cosby Jr. Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student majoring in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance who is from William Penn High School or Bodine Magnet School in Philadelphia.

Pat Croce Sports Medicine Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student majoring in Sports Medicine.

*Kendall Paris Davis Scholarship

By invitation only. Will support an incoming full-time female freshman who is a resident of Delaware and has deep academic desire.

Clifford DeBaptiste Scholarship

Named in honor of Clifford DeBaptiste, former mayor of the Borough of West Chester, community leader, and local businessman.  Will support a student with high academic achievement majoring in bicultural and bilingual Social Work and has a demonstrated commitment to community and at-risk diverse populations.

Eric Dellecker Scholarship

Will support a Pre-Med student who exemplifies the best characteristics of a physician.

*Ralph DeRubbo Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Ralph H. DeRubbo in 1947.  By invitation only. Will support a student with high academic performance and financial need.

Frederick Douglass Society Scholarship

Will support a full-time graduate student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need and community service.

Dr. R. E. Drayer Undergraduate Partial Scholarship

Department of History awards, based on merit, up to 5 $2,000 scholarships to returning junior or senior history majors.

Robert E. Drayer Undergraduate Book Scholarship

History Department awards up to eight $250 scholarships based on academic merit to returning sophomore, junior, or senior history majors.

Celia C. Esplugas Hispanic or Minority Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth year Hispanic student majoring in any language, with at least a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA and 3.25 GPA in major or minor. In the absence of a qualified Hispanic student, the scholarship will be awarded to a deserving minority student of any ethnic group majoring in a foreign language. If no major meets the stipulated GPA requirements, the scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a foreign language minor and who meets the requirements.

Alan Fallick Cello Scholarship

Will support a School of Music Cello Major.

Dr. & Mrs. Albert Filano 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. Will support an incoming, first-year student majoring in Mathematics.

Debra Ford 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. Marketing Juniors and Seniors in good standing within the College of Business and Public Management and who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for a summer internship as of January: officially matriculated into the Marketing Major, completed MKT-325 with a "C" or better, 2.50 Cumulative GPA.

Alan France Memorial Writing Scholarship

Will be awarded to the author of the best essay exploring relationships among language, thought and culture.

Freshman String Scholarship

Will support a student in the School of Music majoring in String on the basis of performance and potential.

Charles and Margherita Gangemi Scholarship - Keyboard

Will support an incoming student in the School of Music majoring in piano, theory and/or composition.

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 will support an incoming, first-year, African American student from any Chester County high school. Student must have demonstrated financial need and plan to pursue a degree in Education. This scholarship may be renewed.

Miriam Gottlieb Memorial 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. Will support an incoming, first-year School of Music student majoring in Piano.

Bessie Grubb Graphic Arts Scholarship

Will support a third-year Graphic Design or Photography major with a GPA of 3.0+.

John Gutscher Music Education Scholarship

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. Recipient must possess enthusiasm for teaching music, musical ability, academic proficiency, and financial need.

*Evelyn Haldeman Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Evelyn H. Haldeman, a member of the class of 1944. By invitation only. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship.

Mazie 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. Will support an incoming student with demonstrated financial need.

*Clifford H. Harding Scholarship - Arts & Sciences

This scholarship was established by a bequest from Dr. Clifford H. Harding, former professor of history and chair of the Department of Political Science. By invitation only. Will support an incoming, first-year student majoring in:  African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, English, Ethnic Studies Program, Earth and Space Sciences, History, Languages and Cultures, Latin American and Latino/a studies, Liberal studies, Linguistics, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Philosophy, Physics and Pre-engineering, Pre-med, Psychology, Russian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, or Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies.

*Clifford H. Harding Scholarship - Business & Public Management

This scholarship was established by a bequest from Dr. Clifford H. Harding, former professor of history and chair of the Department of Political Science. By invitation only. Will support an incoming, first year student majoring in:  Accounting, Criminal justice, Economics and Finance, Geography and Planning, Management, Marketing, Political science, or Social Work.

Jack Hawthorne Endowment for Art

Made possible by Jack Hawthorne, this scholarship will support an incoming first-year student majoring in Art.

Leonard Hockensmith Memorial Scholarship

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. Will support a Phi Kappa Sigma brother (or relative of an alum), who is active in extra-curricular activities, has a GPA of 2.6+ and is in good standing.

Helen Williams Hodgson '19 & Benjamin Williams Hodgson 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 support an incoming first-year student majoring in Education with demonstrated financial need.

A. VonHumboldt Foreign Language Scholarship

This fund was established in honor of the German naturalist Alexander VonHumboldt (1769-1859), preeminent 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. Will support a third or fourth-year student majoring in Foreign Language with a GPA of 3.0+ who intends to pursue graduate study or is 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. Will support a fourth-year student majoring in Special Education.

Helen Tapper Ivins Scholarship

The Helen Tapper Ivins '35 Endowed Scholarship was established by Mrs. Ivins' 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. Will support a second, third or fourth-year undergraduate student preparing to teach History/Social Studies, who has demonstrated financial need and is from a multiple-sibling family.

Marion Peters Irvin '23 Scholarship

This scholarship was established by family members to assist an upperclass education major, committed to teaching, who has financial need.

Ann Johns Memorial Scholarship

Will support a non-traditional female student with financial need who is returning to complete a degree.

Arthur E. Jones 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.

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. Will support a student with demonstrated financial need, 32 completed credits, meritorious academic achievement and involvement in campus activities.

Vera A. Kenny and Clarence McKelvie Education Scholarship

By invitation only. Will support an incoming first year student majoring in Education.

Alta M. Ketner '42 Scholarship

Will support a deserving student in the School of Music

Department of Kinesiology (H&PE)

Will support a third or fourth-year student from the College of Health Sciences with a GPA of 3.0+, demonstrated financial need and evidence of community involvement and citizenship.

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. Will support a student majoring in Early and Middle Grades Education.

David Konitzer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of David S. Konitzer, a West Chester University senior who was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Will support a second, third or fourth-year Kinesiology major with a GPA of 2.5+ with demonstrated financial need who enjoys working with children and shows athletic ability.

Fritz K. Krueger Voice Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year student from the School of Music with vocal promise and high academic performance.

Barabara 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 Scholarship

Leonard Laubach '40 established this scholarship for music students. Will support an outstanding instrumental student in the School of Music.

Dr. Charles Mayo Scholarship

This award is made annually in memory of Dr. Charles Mayo, a political scientist, who was president of West Chester University from 1974 until 1982.  Will support an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Political Science with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25+ and graduate GPA of 3.51. undergraduates must have completed 30 credits, including at least 9 credits in political science. Graduates must have completed at least 12 credits of graduate work.

James McErlane Scholarship

Will support students with evidence of high academic performance, demonstrated financial need and purpose of studying abroad. The scholarship was established in honor of James E. McErlane, Esq. by his friends in the Chester County community.

*Martha Ford McIlvain '52 Scholarship

Established by Martha Ford '52 and Donald McIlvain, this scholarship provides annual assistance to entering freshmen of high academic promise, and is renewable through graduation provided a minimum 3.0 GPA and full-time status are maintained.

Nancy McIntyre Memorial Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or another physical disability, with preference given to students with a major in the College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences and Mathematics, or College of Education and Social Work.

Mewha 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 upper class geography major. Applicants must have completed 60+ credits, and have attended West Chester University for at least two, full-time, academic year semesters.

S. Powell Middleton Scholarship

Will support a School of Music major with talent and achievement on an orchestral instrument plus one $500 award competition for freshmen. The award honors the former conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra who died in 1970.

Dorothy Given Miller '19 and Frank William Miller '20 Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dorothy Given Miller '19 and Frank William Miller '20. The criteria for selection are: (1) student must have completed one full year at West Chester University; (2) demonstrated academic achievement; (3) leadership; (4) strength of character (5) demonstrated financial need.

Agnes Montemuro Interboro HS

Will support Interboro High School graduates who matriculate to West Chester University

Carole Redding Murray Scholarship

Will support an incoming student with financial need majoring in Education. Preference is given to students from Little Flower High School in Philadelphia, regardless of major.

Connie Murray Scholarship - Piano

The Main Line Music Teachers established this award in memory of Connie Murray, one of their members, who championed the cause of private music teachers. Will support an undergraduate or graduate Piano Pedagogy major preparing to teach piano.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth-year, non-traditional (age 25 and above)woman with demonstrated financial need. A current FAFSA must be on file.

Martin N. Nguyen Scholarship

Will support a student in the School of Music who demonstrates leadership.

Theodora Pandel Piano Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year School of Music student majoring in Piano.

Edith Harmon Parker '33 - Black Alumni Caucus Endowed Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) student must be majoring in a discipline related to human relations, communications and psychology; (2) good academic standing; (3) preference given to African-Americans.

Hillary H. Parry Scholarship

Will support a third-year School of Music voice major from any music degree program. Awarded through competition to a person who has not passed his or her 25th birthday.

Blanche Peterson Scholarship

Will benefit a piano or organ student with financial need. Preference will be given to students from Woodstown High School in New Jersey or other New Jersey student.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholarship

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. Will support an outstanding male School of Music major.

*Presidential Scholarship

Merit-based, by invitation only for incoming freshman who meet the merit scholarship criteria. Preference given to students with outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership, community/volunteer involvement, and extra and co-curricular participation. Must maintain a 3.25 GPA or higher for renewal.

Winifred P. Ressner Scholarship

Will support upper class students majoring in Kinesiology with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Leah Gallagher Riddle Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a memorial to alumna Leah Gallagher Riddle '41 by her family and friends. Will support a fourth-year student majoring in Early and Middle Grades Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who shows the greatest promise of classroom teaching.

Alfred Roberts 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. Will support an outstanding student in the study of foreign language.

*Mabel Kring Schaffer Scholarship

This award was established in memory of Mabel Kring Schaffer through the estate of her daughter, Nancy E. Schaffer, class of 1949. By invitation only. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship

Anne Schaub Memorial Scholarship

Will support a second semester Women's Health and Physical Education major with demonstrated financial need, a GPA of 3.0, leadership potential, participation in Department and professional activities, and membership in major clubs.

Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship

Awarded to first-time entering freshmen whose legal residences are within the following areas and provided the students are or will be graduates of a secondary school in the same areas: Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, or York Counties in Pennsylvania. A first-year student whose legal residence is outside the counties listed above may be considered for a Schock Foundation Scholarship provided the student is or will be a graduate of one the following secondary schools: Shippensburg, Boyertown, Spring-Ford, or Williams Valley in Pennsylvania.  In choosing recipients and alternates the selection committee will consider: results attained in college entrance tests; success attained in high school courses; difficulty of high school courses completed; personal qualifications rated by high school officials; quality of extra curricular activities; and leadership traits. Applicants must include a statement explaining financial need as a part of the application process.

Everett Shaefer Scholarship

Established by R. Elizabeth Wyers Shaefer '44 in memory of her husband, this scholarship will support a second-year Music major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in music courses.

Dr. A. Shamseddine Scholarship

In memory of Dr. Ahmad H. Shamseddine, associate professor of economics, who died in 1971. Will support a Senior majoring in Economics.

Viola B. Shay Scholarship

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 will support an incoming vocal major.

Jane E. 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. Will support an outstanding, fourth-year Voice major from the School of Music with eight semesters in credit choral organization which must include four semesters of membership in the Chamber Choir, who has a overall GPA of 2.5+ and a music GPA of 3.0+.

Jesse Silvano Scholarship

The Jesse V. Silvano Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Jesse V. Silvano and will support a junior or senior student with preference given to students majoring in Criminal Justice with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who is goal-oriented, committed to completing degree and an active member of the University community.

Vincent and Marie Skahan Scholarship

Preference given to a graduating senior from West Catholic High School, Philadelphia with an overall B average; if no eligible West Catholic High School applicant, selection will be made from graduating senior of any Philadelphia Catholic High School; renewable if recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

W. W. Smith 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. Will support a full-time, first year freshman or transfer undergraduate student with demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA.  Must be a resident of Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania OR a resident of the city of Camden, New Jersey. Application is by invitation in early summer.

Staley Foreign Language Scholarship

Established in memory of Dr. Ethel M. Staley, who taught French at West Chester from 1930 to 1952, this scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate French major.

Jane Swan Scholarship

Will support a full-time, third or fourth-year, non-traditional, female student who is enrolled in a degree program, completing an interrupted education and is 24 years or older.

Dr. & Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship

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. Will support both graduate (9 credits completed and a WCU Alum) and undergraduate students must have a minimum of 45 credits earned at WCU prior to the application) minimum GPA is 3.5.  Application and letters of reference required. Applicant must be U.S. citizen and have permanent residence in the U.S.

Elizabeth S. Tyson Memorial Scholarship

Award given to an outstanding student in the department of Communicative Disorders, who is enrolled in the Pre-Graduate Certification Program (PCP).

Chief Robert and Vera Valyo Scholarship

Established in 1992 to honor former Chief of Police of Willistown Township, Chief Robert M. Valyo. The scholarship will be awarded to a criminal justice major in his or her junior or senior year.

Joy Vandever Scholarship

Established by the friends of Joy Vandever upon her retirement from the West Chester University faculty, this scholarship will support a Music major who finishes among the top 50 percent in the Parry Junior year voice competition. Recipient must have completed all required first and second-year theory, aurals and music history courses and have the highest GPA in these courses.

Douglas M. Weiss Athletic Training Scholarship

Will support a third-year student majoring in the Athletic Training education program. Preference will be given to those assigned to clinical assignment at Swarthmore College.

James Wells 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 will support students interested in participating in the WCU Marching Band.

Lois Williams Scholarship Fund

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. Will support a third semester Concert Choir student enrolled in the School of Music with a GPA of 3.0+.

Carlos R. Ziegler Scholarship in Childhood Studies

Will support a third-year Early and Middle Grades Education major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who has demonstrated leadership and shows potential as a teacher. Application also requires a letter of recommendation from a professor.

Ruth Zoll Scholarship

This fund was established through the generosity of the late Mrs. Ruth Waldman Zoll '28. Will support an incoming, first-year student from Berks County with demonstrated financial need.

Ali Naggar Excellence in Managerial Accounting

Will support a student who has obtained at least Junior standing, is majoring in Accounting, has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and has obtained a B+ or greater in Accounting 303. This scholarship is non-renewable.

Alumni - Michael R. Horrocks '85 Scholarship

This Alumni Association scholarship has been named in memory of the former Golden Ram quarterback who died in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York. The criteria for selection are: meritorious academic achievement, demonstrated financial need, involvement with campus activities, at least 32 completed credits at the time of application.

Alumni - Mary Anderson Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) meritorious academic achievement; (2) demonstrated financial need; (3) involvement with campus activities; (4) completion of at least 32 credits at the time of application.

Anna Kisthardt Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year student or transfer student who, preferably graduated from Hazleton High School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who has demonstrated financial need. A graduate from any of Luzerne County high school will be eligible when a Hazelton High School graduate does not qualify.

Anne E. Sell Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Will support fourth-year Nursing students with demonstrated scholastic ability and financial need.

Baker Family LGBTAQ Scholarships

Given to a student who has served as an LGBTQA Ally, has advocated for the LGBTQA community, or has contributed to research or teaching about the importance of LGBTQA Allies. This student must be an active member of his or her student community and an exemplary role model for equality among their peers.

Barbara Leighton Karas '65 Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship to be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification program in the Dept. of Kinesiology. Must be at least a junior, have a GPA of 3.0 and a record of service and excellent performance in several areas at the University.

Bayard Rustin LBGT Book Scholarship

Given to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, civility, and the inclusion/advocacy of LGBTQA concerns in their curricular and/or co-curricular lives.

Benda Scholarship

Will support a deserving student majoring in education with highest GPA.

Benjamin Faber Scholarship

Will support a student majoring in Mathematics or Physics.

Bonnie Evans Feinberg Scholarship

Will support an incoming, first-year student with financial need from a multiple-sibling family, who has a high school GPA of at least 3.0.

Brad Taylor Scholarship

Will be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Athletic Training, who has a GPA of at least 3.0, exhibits clinical competence, demonstrates an interest in teaching and team leadership, and makes a contribution to the Athletic Training Club, Sports Medicine Department and/or College of Health Sciences.

Braidotti-Lombardi Award Scholarship

This award is to be given to a graduating senior with preference for the best student in Italian or Spanish; or the most outstanding student in a foreign language. The goal of the award is to encourage the student to travel after graduation.

Brandywine Health Foundation Scholarship Fund

Funds will be used for various Nursing Scholarships handled by the Brandywine Health Foundation.

Caliph Campbell Minority Scholarship

Will support a minority student with demonstrated financial need.

Carmello Gangemi Scholarship

By invitation only. Recipient must demonstrate strong academic performance, community involvement and financial need.

Cassandra Kahn Memorial Scholarship

Will support 2 undergraduate Nursing major who has successfully completed NSG/NSL 212, is continuing on to NSG/NSL 311 and has a minimum GPA of 3.0+.

CBPA Dean's Scholarship

Will support a CBPA student who is participating in any CBPA or WCU sponsored International opportunity. Applicants participating in CBPA sponsored international activities will receive preference.

Cherry Memorial Merit Scholarship

Will support commuting, second-year Education majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Chester County Chapter WCUAA Scholarship in Memory of Johanna K. Havlick '27

The criteria for selection are: (1) the student must have documented financial need; (2) must have completed at least 2 semesters at West Chester University; (3) must be an education major; (4) must have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Chester County Latino Luncheon Scholarship

Awarded by the Latino Luncheon committee to an incoming Latino student who resides in Chester County and graduated from a Chester County High School with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and demonstrated financial need.

Clara Bruno Elementary Education Scholarship

Will support an incoming student majoring in Elementary Education with financial need who is a Pennsylvania resident.

Robert M. Bedford Piano Scholarship

The Robert M. Bedford Piano Scholarship is awarded annually to up to two entering undergraduate or graduate students in their first year of enrollment at West Chester University. Students majoring in piano performance or piano are eligible to apply. This scholarship is renewable by re-application for the duration of a student's enrollment at WCU provided that the student remains in good standing as a piano performance or piano major.

Up to two candidates will be selected by a Scholarship Committee upon review of a performance audition tape. For candidates meeting the application requirements, the basis for selection will be the faculty assessment of the student's potential to become an effective, positive and lifelong member of the profession.

Class of 1927 - Tigani Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate Reading minor with at least nine credits completed or one semester remaining and an overall GPA of 3.0+ and a GPA of 3.5+ in Reading.

Class of 1954 Endowed Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) completion of two full semesters at West Chester University and be an undergraduate education major; (2) a minimum 3.0 GPA and (3) documented financial need.

Class of 2006 Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) Student must have successfully completed two semesters with a 3.0 GPA; (2) campus and community involvement

Clyde Galbraith Excellence in Financial Accounting

Will support a student, who has obtained at least Junior standing, is majoring in Accounting, has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and has obtained a B+ or greater in Accounting 301 or 302. This scholarship will be non-renewable.

Col. Edward E. Beda '37 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) documented financial need; (2) full-time; (3) matriculating, second-year or more student.

Computer Science Scholarship

Will support a student majoring in Computer Science with high academic achievement.

Deb Dreisbach Scholarship

Will support a female student, who has obtained at least Sophomore standing, is majoring in Criminal Justice, and who has a minimum 3.5 GPA. Financial need will not be a factor.

Donald Rittenhouse Scholarship

Will support a student in the School of Music.

Doris Rosencranz Marshall Education Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate Secondary Education student with high academic achievement who is seeking certification as a Secondary Education English teacher.

Dorothy Canniff Scholarship

Will support a full-time student with demonstrated financial need.

Dorothy M. Cheri Memorial Scholarship

Must be a second or third year woman student.  A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required.  Open to all majors.  Student must be in good standing with the University and students must demonstrate service on WCU’s campus and/or in her community. 

Edward Jr. and Vivianne Mae Martz 'Hilbush Endowed Scholarship

Will support an incoming student from Shamokin High School with demonstrated leadership and demonstrated financial need.

Edward Stuart Science Education Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth-year Secondary Education Science Education major who exhibits excellent potential and performance and is committed to excellence in education.

Elva Boyer Chamberlain Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Education with demonstrated financial need. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.

Farilla Elizabeth McKinnon Book Award

Will support a second-year Early and Middle Grades Education major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A preference will be given to students of African American descent who are residents of New Jersey.

Frank Beardsley '38 New Jersey Chapter Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) Only residents of the state of New Jersey are eligible; (2) completion of at least two semesters at West Chester University; (3) at least a 3.0 GPA.

Friar's Society Alumni Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate student member of the Friar's Society.

Garnet Valley School District Scholarship

Will support a Garnet Valley High School graduate majoring in Education with demonstrated financial need and community involvement.

Gloria Casarez Leadership Scholarship

To provide funding to support the education, life and development of students at WCU who are leaders or have shown leadership in the Latino/Latina Community through involvement with the LASSO student club, or it's progeny. 

Helen Keaton Vickers '33 Memorial Scholarship

Will support an Elementary Education student.  Preference given to Bensalem High School graduates.

Herbert T. Lee '59 Alumni Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) The student earned at least 30 credits at a previous institution(s); (2) accepted no later than May 1; (3) full-time and documented financial need; (4) at least a 3.0 GPA; (5) must submit official transcript(s) from all previous institutions attended.

Honorable Roy Reinard Political Science Scholarship

Must be a second year, second semester student of need, majoring in Political Science with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award

Awarded to a senior Piano major chosen by the Piano faculty.

Jana Nestlerode Practicum Scholarship

Applicant should have a 3.25 GPA or better; financial need; have a C or better in (or current enrollment in) CRJ 300 and CRJ 387, the prerequisites for CRJ 490. Award will be made upon confirming C or better grade in courses mentioned above by end of May in the year in which this award is made, and enrolled in CRJ 490 in Summer I and Summer II.

Janet L. Wallace Education Scholarship

Will support an Early and Middle Grades Education major or a Counselor Education major, with preference given to students from Lancaster County.

Janice Weir Etshied '50 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

The criteria for selection are: (1) The student must have completed at least 30 credits; (2) must be accepted or currently enrolled at WCU; (3) must submit official transcript(s) from previous institutions; (4) preference will be given to students age 25 and older.

John and Louise Shea Prize in International Relations

The recipient shall be an outstanding end of first semester senior undergraduate in international relations in the Political Science Department. Criteria shall include course work, participation in act ivies such as the EU simulation and other activities. If no suitable candidate is identified, the award may be skipped for that year.

John F. Hopkins Literary Scholarship

Will Support a graduating student who has prepared a portfolio of short stories which exhibit imagination, artistic merit, high literary quality, growth in content and commitment within the portfolio.

John Gontar 1932 Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth-year student majoring in Secondary Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference given to graduate of Morrisville H.S., Morrisville, PA.

John Holingjak and Kathleen Wheeler Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate Education major with demonstrated financial need and/or who is most deserving. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.

Karl Helicher Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) meritorious academic achievement; (2) demonstrated financial need; (3) campus activities; (4) completion of a least 32 credits at WCU.

Keefe Forensic Scholarship

Will support a second, third, or fourth-year participate on the WCU Forensics Team with a GPA of 3.0 and is a member of the Pi Kappa Delta.

Latino American Student Organization (LASO) Scholarship

Will support incoming, first-year Hispanic students.

M. M. Power Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to a female student enrolled in a degree program in the sciences or business with demonstrated financial need. Renewable up to 4 years if GPA of 2.5+ is maintained.

Madelyn Gutwirth Scholarship

Will support scholarships for students in the Women's Studies program.

Margaret Gontar 1932 Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth-year student majoring in Secondary Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference given to graduate of Bristol H.S.

Mark Wiener Scholarship

Will support a Secondary or Elementary Mathematics Education major with demonstrated financial need and strong academic performance.

Marketing Research Association Scholarship

Will support a fourth-year Marketing major who has demonstrated an interest in marketing research, maintained an average GPA of 3.0+, and has financial need.

Mary Anne McGinty-Hague '61 Scholarship

Preference given to an incoming freshman commuter student majoring in Special Education or if no candidates in this category, any commuter student majoring in Elementary Education. Open to incoming Freshman; once every four years, if they stay within the curriculum and maintain a 3.0 average. First recipient to receive award fall 2014, fall 2015, fall 2016, & fall 2017; next new recipient should be awarded Fall 2018.

Mary B. Starr Memorial Scholarship in Nursing

Must be a junior or senior undergraduate nursing major, with at least 60 credits successfully completed. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an interest in pursuing obstetrics and maternal nursing.

Matinee MCP Vocal Composition Scholarship

Will support the winner of the WCU Matinee Musical Club Vocal Competition.

McCarthy Family Scholarship

Will support a student with a dual major in Special Education. Application requires an essay explaining how the student plans on using their degree to serve non-verbal special needs students.

Michael Morochko Piano Scholarship

Will support an outstanding third-year student from the School of Music with a concentration in Piano.

Miles Hannagan and Charlotte Hannigan Memorial Scholarships

For undergraduate (sophomore, junior and seniors) nursing and chemistry and biology majors.  Open to Eagles Scouts, Venturing Silver or Summit Award holders or Sea Scout Quartermasters. GPA for core classes will be considered.

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship

Will support a non-traditional student majoring in Special Education who intends to become a certified teacher of those with mental and physical disabilities.

Music Education Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate Music Education major with outstanding academic achievement. Preference given to Instrumental, Choral and Conducting students.

Nancy Knauer Elementary Education Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student majoring in Elementary Education with demonstrated financial need.

Nelson Stratton Memorial Scholarship

Will support a third-year student majoring in Kinesiology with a GPA 3.0+.

Norine E. and John F. Murphy '43 Scholarship

Will support an undergraduate student in Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who is currently working to pay for some of his/her education and whose ultimate goal is to pursue teaching.

Przywara Minority Scholarship

Will support a minority student entering WCU with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who have been adopted or are in Foster Care at the time of application.

R. Walter Supplee Scholarship

Will support a third year Early and Middle Grades Education major with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Randilyn Williams Annual Scholarship

Will support a full-time, second year, female student majoring in Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need who is a resident of New Jersey. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.

Relis Brown Memorial Scholarship

Will support an outstanding fourth-year student majoring in Biology with evidence of extracurricular activities.

Robert '48 & Sylvia Zolden Simons '47 Scholarship

Will support a student with demonstrated financial need.

Samuel Martin Endowed Scholarship

Will support an Education major with demonstrated financial need with a proven ability for classroom teaching.

School of Music Scholarship

Will support an outstanding student enrolled in the School of Music.

Sensenig Scholarship

Will support a third-year Math Education major in good standing.

Shirley Umlauf White Award

Consists of two awards - one for the student with the highest grade for a fall or spring semester in Botany, and one for the student with the highest grade for a fall or spring semester in Zoology.

Russell L. Sturzebecker Scholarships

In collaboration with the Sturzebecker Foundation, West Chester University offers the Russell L. Sturzebecker Scholarships to students attending West Chester University and majoring in College of Health Sciences degree programs.

  1. The Russell L. Sturzebecker Scholarship program is intended for high achieving undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in one of the academic programs within the College of Health Sciences of West Chester University.
  2. Prior to the semester of application undergraduate students must have completed at least 45 credit hours at WCU. Prior to the semester of application graduate students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at WCU, and must have been accepted as degree candidates. MPA students in sports/athletic administration and health services administration are eligible to apply.
  3. Students who are seeking a second degree will be eligible as graduate students. Only those students without a previous degree will be considered as undergraduate students. Those students in non-degree programs are not eligible for this scholarship.
  4. Students majoring in any College of Health Science degree program with an overall minimum 3.25 grade point average and who have met the minimum credit hour requirement in #2 above are eligible to apply.
  5. Eligible students may reapply for a new scholarship each year while registered in a College of Health Sciences degree program.

Teacher with a Mission Scholarship

Will provide financial support to an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate Education student pursuing a career in teaching in an urban setting or in the field of environmental education with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Theology & Natural Science Scholarship

Award given to a student who has made a notable contribution that examines the connection between science and religion.

Thomas and Margery Hickman WWII Memorial Scholarship

Will support an incoming first-year student who is a descendant of a veteran of WWII who attended West Chester State Teacher's College.

Thomas Brady Memorial Scholarship

Will support a third or fourth year student interested in pursuing a law degree with a GPA of 3.0+, demonstrated financial need and evidence of extracurricular activities.

Veterans Academic Excellence Scholarship

This award recognizes a student veteran's academic contribution to one's discipline on campus and off. It recognizes exemplary performance in performing research, serving as an intern and/or outstanding classroom performance. Candidates must be a full-time enrolled Student Veteran, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and demonstrate active participation in SVG and other WCU campus organizations.

Veterans Distinguished Service Scholarship

This award recognizes active leadership in engaging with campus and community organizations and acknowledges initiative and effort in rendering successful ongoing commitment to service. Candidates must be a full-time enrolled Student Veteran, be active in academic, community and philanthropic services and demonstrate active participation in SVG and other WCU campus organizations.

Veterans Service Scholarship

Must be a full-time enrolled Student Veteran with demonstrated financial need.

Virginia Alcorn Schall Memorial Scholarship

Recipient must be a graduate of Liberty High School in Bethlehem, PA. Open to either Incoming freshmen or existing WCU students. High School GPA 3.0 or higher; current WCU Students 3.0 cumulative GPA.

WCU Student Assistance Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) Undergraduate student must have completed at least 30 credits at WCU; (2) demonstrated financial need.

WCU Veterans Scholarship

This scholarship support WCU Student Veterans who are eligible to receive education benefits under the Post 9-11 GI Bill at a percentage level of 50% or lower, or using Chapters 1606 or 1607 under the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve or Chapter 30 under MGIB for Active Duty. Must be a full-time enrolled Student Veteran with demonstrated financial need. Dependents and spouses of military service members are not eligible.

William R. Johnston Memorial Scholarship

Will support a History major, with preference given to an Upper Moreland High School graduate with a 3.0 GPA. Renewable (if renewed for current recipient, this scholarship will not be available for a new recipient).

Winifield W. Menhennett Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The criteria for selection are: (1) Student must be from Delaware County; (2) demonstrated financial need.

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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.