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Endowed and Named Scholarships

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Art and Design

Roy W. Clough Scholarship

The Roy W. Clough Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M., '65, who established the endowed scholarship to honor the memory of her father. The scholarship will assist a Saint Xavier University student in the art and design department based on the following criteria: the student must be a declared art and design major on the graphic design track, must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA, demonstrate financial need, and must submit a letter on why he/she chose to major in graphic design and what he/she intends to do with the degree. This scholarship is available to be renewed once with the submission of a new application.

The Max Goldenberg Scholarship for Art and Design

The Max Goldenberg Scholarship for Art and Design was established by the Max Goldenberg Foundation in 2009 and will assist a student studying in the Department of Art and Design. This scholarship will be awarded annually.

Sister M. Paul Keefe Art Scholarship

This scholarship honors Sister Mary Paul Keefe, R.S.M., former director of the Art Department at Saint Xavier University for more than 40 years. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the Art Department.

Edwin and Mildred B. Keene Scholarship in Art and Music (rotates between Art and Design and Music Departments)

The Mildred B. Keene Art and Music Scholarship was established by Dr. Carol A. Keene, ’61, in honor of her mother, Mildred. The Keene talent scholarship in art will be awarded to an entering freshman or transfer student with no more than 20 hours of transfer credit. This will be granted based upon a portfolio (six to eight pieces in any medium) reviewed by faculty in the Art Department, a letter of application stating the student’s interests in and goals for art, recommendations by two high school teachers (one of whom teaches in the arts), and/or participation in invitational shows that are juried by high school instructors.

Tim and Jean Morman Unsworth ’55 Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of Jean Morman Unsworth ’55, the Tim and Jean Morman Unsworth ’55 Scholarship will benefit undergraduate students pursuing degrees in art education or studio art. This scholarship was established in 2012.

Biology

Anthony and Pauline Giaimo Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to offer financial assistance to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in biology or chemistry. Preference will be given to a student who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Although college was only a dream for Mr. Giaimo, a WWII veteran who survived the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach, and Mrs. Giaimo, they made it a reality for their three children. Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., and William Wiseman have generously provided for this scholarship.

Sister Margaret Grant, CSJ Memorial Award

The Sister Margaret Grant, CSJ Memorial Award is presented to a graduating senior who has been accepted by a medical or law school, and who has demonstrated superior academic achievement and significant interactional skills in the classroom, extracurricular activities, civic involvement or employment. This award was established through the generosity of James A. Klein, MD, LLD, ’75.

Margaret "Kay" Halper Biology Scholarship

A generous gift from the estate of Margaret "Kay" Halper, '50, will establish the Halper Endowed Scholarship in Biology. Kay Halper, a longtime resident of the Pittsburgh area who, with her husband Donald, raised seven children, died in late 2006 after a long illness. According to Donald, Kay was a very proud SXU alumna who appreciated the education she received from the Sisters of Mercy and the lifelong friendships she formed with her classmates. The Halper Endowment will provide for an annual scholarship award to a talented student majoring in biology at Saint Xavier University.

Zack Zaibak, D.D.S. Outstanding Biology Student Award

This award is given each year to a graduating biology major who has not only excelled in the classroom, but distinguished him/herself as a leader by peers and department faculty. Zack Zaibak, D.D.S., '81, generously funds this award each year.

Chemistry

Anthony and Pauline Giaimo Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to offer financial assistance to an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in biology or chemistry. Preference will be given to a student who is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces. Although college was only a dream for Mr. Giaimo, a WWII veteran who survived the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach, and Mrs. Giaimo, they made it a reality for their three children. Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., and William Wiseman have generously provided for this scholarship.

Margaret E. Yates Chemistry Scholarship Awards

Margaret E. Yates, a former SXU chemistry faculty member, and her husband graciously established two scholarships at the University. Monetary awards are presented to top ranking students in first year chemistry classes. One award is the Dr. K. Lucille McCluskey Chemistry Award for a student who earns the highest composite grade in Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112. The second award is the Margaret E. Yates Chemistry Award for a student who earns the highest composite grade in Chemistry 251 and Chemistry 252. Both courses must be taken at Saint Xavier University.

Communication

Richard J. Potts '83 Scholarship

Established from the generosity of Ms. Doris R. Potts, the Richard J. Potts, '83, Scholarship in Communication will benefit students in the department in perpetuity. Ms. Potts honored her son's memory with this scholarship because of his love for Saint Xavier and the excellent education he was provided while he attended the University. If it was not for the assistance of scholarships, Richard would have been unable to attend Saint Xavier. This generous gift will ensure students receive the same opportunity in the future.

“I would like to thank you very much for this generous scholarship, and I hope you understand that you have allowed me to become one step closer to making my dreams become a reality.” 
--Olivia Gonzalez
“My parents make enough money to put us solidly in the middle class, but we don’t really have enough money for really grand expenditures, such as college. So…receiving this scholarship is much appreciated.” 
--Kane McKeown

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Recipients of the Richard J. Potts ’83 Scholarship Olivia Gonzalez (L) and Kane McKeown (R) with Mrs. Doris Potts.

 

Communication Sciences and Disorders

JoAnne Fleming Warner Scholarship

The JoAnne Fleming Warner Scholarship is for students enrolled in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior speech-language pathology major with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. The candidate must also be active in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

Computer Science

National Science Foundation Scholarship

The National Science Foundation Scholarship is an annual grant from the National Science Foundation that is intended for disadvantaged students majoring in computer science. In addition to financial assistance, scholarship recipients will receive an assortment of academic and career preparation services including monthly seminars, a comprehensive career counseling program, tutoring, internship and service learning positions, collaborative faculty-student research, support for attendance at computer science conferences, a laptop loaner program and alumni mentoring.

Criminal Justice

Alane Stoffregen '87 Memorial Scholarship

An annual award to students majoring in criminal justice. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Mr. Gale Stoffregen and Mr. Ronald Stoffregen, '77, in memory of their sister.

English and Foreign Languages

Thomas Deegan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior English major with a minimum GPA of 3.5. A written essay is required. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Mrs. Janice H. Deegan, '69, and contributions made from former students and friends of Tom Deegan.

Daniel B. Fleming '93 Memorial Award

The Daniel B. Fleming '93 Memorial Award is a scholarship for English students who are pursuing teaching careers. This scholarship helps students defray costs during their (unpaid) teaching practicum. It is open to English majors, specifically those majors pursuing secondary certification in order to obtain a teaching position. This scholarship was established through the generosity of Mrs. Mary Fleming, '04.

Joan Guilfoyle Scholarship

The Joan Guilfoyle Scholarship is an annual award that is given to a student majoring in foreign language studies. A strong preference will be given to a student with an interest in French language and culture. Contributions from Mrs. Joan Guilfoyle, '39, friends and family fund this scholarship.

Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon Scholarship

The Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon Scholarship is an annual award that is given to a student majoring in one of the University's foreign language study programs.

Mathematics

Catherine H. Malin Scholarship

While she only spent two years as a student at Saint Xavier, Catherine Malin never forgot her experiences here and remained a loyal supporter throughout her life.  Through a bequest in her estate, Mrs. Malin's legacy of support continues as the Catherine H. Malin Scholarship and will benefit a student majoring in mathematics.

Edwin and Mildred B. Keene Scholarship in Mathematics

The Edwin J. Keene Mathematics Scholarship was established by Dr. Carol A. Keene, '61, in honor of her father, Edwin J. Keene. This scholarship will be awarded to a student whose declared major is mathematics or mathematics education. The applicant must also maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all mathematics or mathematics education classes as well as in all other University classes.

Sylvia Schlunk '77 Award

The Sylvia Schlunk, '77, Award was established in memory of Sylvia Schlunk, '77, alumna and instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. This award will be given annually to a junior or senior level student whose declared major is mathematics and who has completed a minimum of 20 credit hours of course work.

“I feel that following the Mercy tradition leads to a more tolerant and understanding world. I realize the wonderful work that Sylvia Schlunk did for Saint Xavier and it is an honor to be awarded in her memory. Thank you for supporting this scholarship.”
--Lisa Vondrak

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Lisa Vondrak, recipient of the Sylvia Schlunk ’77 Award, with Dr. Susan Beal (L) and Dr. Peg Bogacz ’64 (R)

Music

Applied Music Scholarship

This scholarship may be applied for after the first semester of study in applied music at Saint Xavier. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in applied music courses and a 3.0 GPA in all music courses while maintaining an overall 2.0 GPA. The applicant must also be actively involved and demonstrate positive leadership in music department activities.

Edwin and Mildred B. Keene Scholarship in Art and Music (rotates between the Art and Design and Music Departments)

The Mildred B. Keene Art and music Scholarship was established by Dr. Carol A. Keene, '61, in honor of her mother, Mildred B. Keene. The Keene Scholarship in Music will be awarded upon a departmental audition with the music faculty (or a tape for an out-of-state student).

Daniel Lawrence Music Award

The Daniel Lawrence Music Award is an annual award that benefits a declared music major at Saint Xavier. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit a written essay on why he/she wants to major in music, and what he/she intends to do with the degree. This award was established through the generosity of Mr. Otis and Mrs. Janis, '97, Lawrence.

McShane Scholarship

This scholarship is available to incoming students majoring in music with a minimum GPA of 2.5 upon their admission to Saint Xavier University.

Sinon and Catherine O'Donohue Scholarship

This scholarship is available to freshmen students who are declared music majors. Applicants must also demonstrate a talent for piano and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. This award was established through the generosity and vision of the late-Sister Mary Simeon O'Donohue, '52, in memory of her parents. Additional donors to the scholarship fund are the friends and family of Sinon and Catherine O'Donohue.

Pastoral Ministry Institute

Valeria Krauspe Pastoral Ministry Scholarship

This scholarship honors a person whose service to God's people on the Southside of the Archdiocese of Chicago has significantly manifested God’s compassionate care and for an individual in the process of preparing for the lay ecclesial ministry in the Catholic Church of Chicago. Scholarships can also be applied to the graduate certificate program in pastoral studies. This award is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Valerie DePersis, '77.

Philosophy

Department of Philosophy Enrichment Fund

This endowment fund was created in 2012 to enhance the operations and activities of the Department of Philosophy and strengthen the academic experience for Saint Xavier students. Among other things, the Enrichment Fund will allow the Department to sponsor colloquia events with external speakers, support collaborative student/faculty research and provide opportunities for students to attend and/or present papers at conferences.

Carol A. Keene '61 Philosophy Scholarship

The Department of Philosophy benefited from another generous gift from Carol A. Keene, '61. The Carol A. Keene '61 Philosophy Scholarship will be awarded annually to a sophomore who has submitted a proposal for research to be conducted junior and senior year. Throughout her career, Dr. Keene has demonstrated her dedication to scholarship and the liberal arts at Saint Xavier. She received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Saint Xavier College. The Edwin J. Keene Math Scholarship and the Mildred B. Keene Art and Music Scholarship were both created in honor of her parents several years ago.

Yellowstone Project Scholarship Fund

Dr. Thomas Thorp started this endowment in 2012 to support undergraduate students who wish to participate in the Yellowstone Project. This initiative provides students with the opportunity to engage in policy-oriented fieldwork under the direct supervision of naturalists, ecologists and environmentalists who live and work in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

John Ziegler Memorial Fund

The John Ziegler Memorial Fund was established by Kathleen Black Hurley, in honor of her late husband, John J. Ziegler, faculty emeritus at Saint Xavier University; this award provides funding for a lecture every other year by a prominent philosophy scholar.

Religious Studies

Sister Josetta Butler, R.S.M. ’35 Scholarship

In the spring of 1990, an anonymous donor made a gift to the University with the stipulation that it be used to honor Sister Mary Josetta Butler for her many notable accomplishments as dean and president. This scholarship provides support for a student and also for a biannual lecture series. This scholarship is intended to reinforce and promote the idea of the "liberal education of the Christian person." It is awarded to a student who gives evidence of progress toward the achievement of this idea through the study of religion and theology integrated with studies in other fields of intellectual inquiry at the University, and who shows promise of making that education fruitful in a career of service.

Women and Gender Studies

Hon. Cornelius and Marian Kelly Collins Scholarship

This award was established by Dr. Marilyn F. Collins in tribute to her parents. The fund provides for an occasional award to a student in the women and gender studies program.

Students, please note that the scholarships information provided here is for donors. For more information about scholarship criteria and deadlines, please visit the Scholarships website located under Admission.