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.
Award not currently offered.
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.
Anges Montemuro Interboro HS
Will support Interboro High School graduates who matriculate to West Chester University
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
The Department of Nursing of West Chester University awards the Anne E. Sell nursing scholarship annually to three senior nursing students. The students must be enrolled full time in the Level IV courses as of September to be eligible for this award. The criteria for selection are scholastic ability and financial need.
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.
Applied Statistics Scholarship
Will support a graduate student in the Applied Statistics major who has shown exceptional academic achievement in his or her studies.
Arthur E. Jones Scholarship
Will support a fourth-year School of Music voice major with a GPA of 2.5+ who has received a choral conducting faculty recommendation.
Baker Family LGBTQA Scholarships
Beth O. Baker ’77 Award (1 - $250 Award) – 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 amongst their peers.
Dorothy Gilson Baker ’47 Award (1- $250 Award) – Given to a student who has served as a role model for gender identity and expression issues, is self-identified transgender, or has advocated in the community for the inclusion of gender identity in policies and practices.
Bob Baker Award (1- $250 Award) – Given to the outgoing President, or another student leader on the LGBTQA Student Group Executive Board, who has demonstrated leadership and a desire to make a difference in the world.
Barbara J.'Lappano '67, M'73 Dance Scholarship
Will support a full-time dance minor student.
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 - FND
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.
Beale Family Endowed Music Scholarship
Will entice or retain select undergraduate music students where skills or instruments would otherwise be missing.
Awarded to a senior Education major with the highest GPA. No application.
Benjamin Faber Scholarship
Will support a student majoring in Mathematics or Physics.
Bessie Grubb Graphic Arts Scholarship
Will support a third-year Graphic Design or Photography major with a GPA of 3.0+
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.
Board of Governor's Scholarship - Current Students
Open to current undergraduate WCU students who meet the following criteria:
The application for 2018-19 awards will open on March19, 2018.
- Pennsylvania resident
- Have completed at least two semesters (Fall & Spring) as a full-time student at WCU by the start of the Fall semester
- Have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 at WCU
- Submitted a current year FAFSA
- Demonstrate active involvement in extra-curricular activities that displays leadership, volunteerism, creativity, appreciation for diversity, and academic excellence
- Are in good standing with the Office of Judicial Affairs and Student Assistance
Bonnie Claire Bruno Scholarship
By invitation only. Will support an incoming freshman with a major in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Candidates must be a female Pennsylvania resident, with demonstrated financial need.
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.
Carlos R. Ziegler Scholarship in Childhood Studies
Will support an undergraduate Middle & Early Grades Education major with a minimum GPA of 3.0, has demonstrated leadership and shows potential as a teacher. Application also requires a letter of recommendation from a professor.
Carmello Gangemi Scholarship
By inviation only. Recipient must demonstrate strong academic performance, community involvement and financial need.
Carol A. Branca Scholarship
will support a third-year student with a GPA of 3.5+ majoring in Communication Studies.
Carolyn Keefe Scholarship
Will support a student with demonstrated financial need, 32 completed credits, meritorious academic achievement and involvement in campus activities.
Cassandra Kahn Memorial Scholarship
The Department of Nursing of West Chester University awards one Cassandra Kahn nursing scholarship annually to an undergraduate nursing student. The student must be enrolled full time and must have successfully completed NSG/NSL 212 and be currently enrolled in NSG/NSL 311 in order to be eligible for this award.
The criteria for selection are based on scholastic ability, financial need and the essay.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 to be eligible.
- Eligible students must complete the application form.
- Eligible students must write a short essay about themselves and what inspired them to enter the field of nursing.
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. $200 award credited annually in the spring & renewable up to 3 years if the funds are available & students continue to meet the criteria.
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.
Charles and Margherita Gangemi Scholarship-Keyboard
Will support an incoming student in the School of Music majoring in piano, theory and/or composition.
Charlotte E. King Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Early and Middle Grades Education. Recipient is selected by a committee from the Early and Middle Grades Department. Application requires a letter of recommendation.
Cherry Memorial Merit Scholarship
Will support commuting, undergraduate Education majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0
Cheryl Hamel School Counselor Memorial Scholarship
Will support a full or part-time graduate student pursing a Master's Degree in Elementary or Secondary School Counseling with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Application also requires a letter of recommendation.
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. Selection and interview process begins mid-summer. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Clara Bruno Elementary Education Scholarship
Will support an incoming student majoring in Elementary Education with financial need who is a Pennsylvania resident
Apply for this scholarship using the West Chester University General Scholarship Application 2018-19. Application deadline for this award is April 1, 2018.
Clarence Schock Foundation Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen
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.
Class of 1927 - Tigani Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student with a Reading minor with at least nine credits completed or one semester remaining and an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Reading. Application also requires a letter of recommendation.
Class of 1943 Mathematics Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics who intends to teach math upon graduation
Class of 1943 Teacher Education Scholarship
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 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.
Award not currently offered.
Class of 1959 Scholarship
Will support an incoming first-year student with demonstrated financial need.
Class of '67 Scholarship
By invitation only. Will support an incoming first-year student.
Clifford B. Harding Scholarship - Arts & Sciences
By invitation only. Will support an incoming, first-year student with high academic achievement and involvement in a co-curricular activity relevant to a discipline in either the arts or sciences. Restricted to students majoring in a program of study in the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Sciences and Mathematics, including Secondary Education.
Clifford B. Harding Scholarship - College of Business & Public Management
By invitation only. Will support an incoming, first-year student with high academic achievement. Restricted to students majoring in a program of study within the College of Business and Public Management.
Clifford DeBaptiste Scholarship for Undergraduate Social Work Students
Named in honor of Clifford DeBaptiste, former Mayor of West Chester, community leader, and local businessman, this scholarship provides financial assistance during the senior year to qualified social work students from the BSW program. Requirements include:
Excellence in academic achievement
Demonstrated involvement in community leadership activities
Demonstrated commitment to bilingual and/or bicultural social work practice
Award is $1,000 for the academic year for book funds and/or travel assistance to and from field practicum assignments.
Communicative Disorders Graduate Scholarship
Award given to a graduate student enrolled in SPP 501 (Foundations of Research) and is based on the quality of his or her research proposal.
Computer Science Scholarship
Will support a student majoring in Computer Science with high academic achievement.
Connelly Foundation Scholarship
By invitation only. Recipient must be an outstanding graduate of a Catholic high school in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery counties.
Connie Murray Scholarship - Piano
Will support an undergraduate or graduate Piano Pedagogy major preparing to teach piano.
Creative Financial Group Scholarship
The $5000 Creative Financial Group Scholarship is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial-minded students interested in the financial services industry. It was established by Gary Daniels, co-founder of the Creative Financial Group and alumnus of West Chester University. Mr. Daniels’ generous donation created WCU’s Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded to defray the costs of education. The scholarships also provide an introduction to the Creative Financial Group, a preeminent firm in the financial services industry.
Applicants must be: 1) studying a discipline with the School of Business; 2) an undergraduate student entering his/her junior or senior year or a graduate student with the last two semesters of his/her program; 3) in good academic standing.
D.T. Marrone Scholarship
Will support a future graduate, selected by the Pre-Law Committee, who has been accepted into, and is entering, law school.
David Konitzer Memorial Scholarship
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.
Denise Howe Kienle Memorial Scholarship
Denise Howe Kienle was a Chester County native and 25 year employee of West Chester University working with the Dean of Graduate Studies. Throughout those 25 years, Denise helped lead her department through the evolution of West Chester University, both as a campus and a highly regarded academic institution. In working with countless graduate students, professors, other faculty and staff, Denise built a reputation of hard work, dedication and compassion in all aspects of her work. Her most proud moments were to see both of her daughters Jessica and Stephanie Kienle graduate from WCU and now Stephanie is following in Denise’s footsteps as both a graduate student and WCU employee. Our wish as a family is to continue Denise’s spirit of positivity, hard work and helping others in the advancement of their higher education goals.
The recipient will be a WCU female student who is a resident of Chester County, with at least a 3.0 GPA, and community involvement.
Apply for this scholarship using the West Chester University General Scholarship Application 2018-19. Application deadline for this award is April 30, 2018.
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.
Donald Rittenhouse Scholarship
Will support a student in the School of Music.
Doris Rosencranz Marshall Education Scholarship
Will support an African American Secondary Education student with high academic achievement who is seeking certification as a Secondary Education English teacher.
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. Applicants must answer the following questions in a brief essay:
1. What are your educational goals?
2. How will this award assist you in reaching them?
3. Describe your service on WCU’s campus and/or in your community and how it relates to your studies.
4. How do your studies and service impact women?
Award not currently offered.
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.
Dr. & Mrs. Albert Filano Scholarship
Will support an incoming, first-year student majoring in Mathematics.
Dr. & Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship
Will support undergraduate students who have earned a minimum of 45 credits at WCU prior to the application and graduate students who have completed at least 9 credits, are a WCU Alum, and are enrolled full time (9 credits) in a graduate degree program. 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.
The application for 2017-18 awards is closed.
Dr. Charles Mayo Scholarship
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.
Dr. R. E. Drayer Graduate Scholarship
Department of History awards up to three $1,000 scholarships based on academic merit to the graduate students in the MA or MEd programs.
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
Edward and Mary Macko Scholarship
The recipient of this fund is to have a 3.0 GPA, a proven financial need, and must be enrolled in the four year BSN program and must have completed two semesters. Selection will be made by the Nursing Department Scholarship Committee and award amount will be based on fund balance.
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.
Elizabeth Cooper Walls Gibson '41 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.
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).
Elva Boyer Chamberlain
Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Education with demonstrated financial need. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.
English Department Faculty Scholarship
This scholarship supports an incoming full-time student majoring in English. A 5-page writing sample is required (critical writing on any topic; no poetry or fiction).
Eric Dellecker Scholarship
Will support a Pre-Med student who exemplifies the best characteristics of a physician.
Evelyn Haldeman Scholarship
By invitation only. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship
Everett Shaefer Scholarship
Will support a second-year Music major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in music courses.
Farilla Elizabeth McKinnon Book Award
Will support an undergraduate 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 Cheesman Vocal/Choral Scholarship
Will support a vocal-choral student.
Frederick Douglass Society Scholarship
Will support a full-time graduate student in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need and community service.
Freshman String Scholarship
Will support a student in the School of Music majoring in String on the basis of performance and potential.
Friar's Society Alumni Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student member of the Friar's Society
Fritz K. Krueger Voice Scholarship
Will support an incoming, first-year student from the School of Music with vocal promise and high academic performance.
Garnet Valley School District Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming first year freshman majoring in Education who is graduating from Garnet Valley High School. Recipient should have a record of service to the school and/or community and have demonstrated financial need.
No application is available. Student is selected by the Garnet Valley School District.
George and Susan Boyer Scholarship - Organ
Will support an incoming student in the School of Music majoring in Organ.
George Fasic Planning Scholarship
Will support one or two undergraduate and/or graduate students studying planning, with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in planning or preparing for graduate study in planning. Eligible undergraduate students must be enrolled in the BA Geography - Planning Track or in the BS Planning program. Eligible graduate students must be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning or the Master of Planning Program. Students must be in good standing and have a demonstrated financial need.
Gerry Plescia Foundation Scholarship
The Gerry Plescia scholarship will support a business major entering into their final Spring semester here at WCU who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are asked to write a poem related to the following topic: "Compassion yields a reward unseen, yet it is those who give that receive the most."
Helen Keaton Vickers '33 Memorial Scholarship
Will support an Elementary Education student. Preference given to Bensalem High School graduates.
Helen Tapper Ivins Scholarship
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.
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.
Honorable L. Sugerman Scholarship
Will support a student majoring in Pre-Law.
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
Ian Hancock Graduate Scholarship in Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Supports a full-time graduate student enrolled in the master's degree program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Institute for Women Graduate Grant
The Institute for Women at West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers an annual grant of $750 to a woman graduate student who is accepted into a master’s degree program at West Chester University. The award is based on high academic achievement, evidence of potential for contribution to the applicant’s field of study, a record of leadership in school, community, church, or other setting, and evidence of involvement in giving service to others.
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. Contact the Department of Theatre Arts, College of Visual and Performing Arts for more information.
Jack Hawthorne Endowment for Art
Will support an incoming first-year student majoring in Art.
Jacobs Music Company Steinway Award
Awarded to a senior Piano major chosen by the Piano faculty.
James McErlane International Travel Scholarship
Will support students with evidence of high academic performance, demonstrated financial need and purpose of studying abroad.
Please contact Lauren Deacon at Ldeacon@wcufoundation.org for more information.
James McErlane International Travel Scholarship - Summer
Will support students with evidence of high academic performance, demonstrated financial need and purpose of studying abroad during the summer.
Please contact Lauren Deacon at Ldeacon@wcufoundation.org for more information.
James Wells Marching Band
Will support students interested in participating in the WCU Marching Band
Jana Nestlerode Practicum Scholarship
Professor Jana Nestlerode began teaching at West Chester University in 1985, and served as the Criminal Justice Department Chair and as the Criminal Justice Practicum Coordinator from 1996 through 2013. In recognition of Professor Nestlerode’s passion for teaching, her leadership within the department, and the many contributions she has made to the program and its students, this endowed scholarship was created. Funded by contributions from private donors, the Jana Nestlerode Practicum Scholarship is meant to assist students who will be in enrolling in the capstone course, CRJ 490: Criminal Justice Practicum.
Applications for the Jana Nestlerode Scholarship should include both the standard scholarship application form and a brief essay describing the applicant’s experiences in the program, the applicant’s goals for the future, how the applicant hopes to use the degree to better the criminal justice system, the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to ethical integrity, and how the scholarship will assist with financial need. The criteria for scholarship consideration include:
- grade point average of 3.25 or better;
- having earned a C or better in (or current enrollment in) CRJ 300 and CRJ 387, the prerequisites for CRJ 490;
- demonstrated commitment to ethical integrity;
- having financed some or all of one’s own tuition through part-time or full-time employment; and
- financial need.
The monetary award will be made upon confirming that the selected recipient has earned a grade of C or better in CRJ 300 and CRJ 387, and enrolled in CRJ 490 in the Summer session. In the event that the prerequisites have not been fulfilled by the end of May in the year in which this award is made, the scholarship will not be awarded.
Jane E. Sheppard Vocal/Choral Scholarship
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+.
Janet L. Wallace Education Scholarship - FND
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.
Jeff Camerson Scholarship
Will support a third or fourth-year student with GPA of 2.5+ and facing physical adversity.
Jesse V. Silvano Scholarship
The Jesse V. Silvano Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Jesse V. Silvano.
- Undergraduate Criminal Justice major
- Must be an upper class student (Junior or Senior)
- Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:
- Commitment to completing the undergraduate degree
- Activity within University community
- Goal orientation, and
- Demonstrated financial need
Applicant must submit a copy of current resume and a biographical essay detailing his/her achievements, goals and aspirations in support of his/her application for consideration. (See criteria above.)
Apply for this scholarship using the College of Business and Public Management Scholarship Application
Application Deadline: March 31, 2018
John and Louise Shea Prize in International Relations
The recipient shall be an outstanding end of first semester senior undergraduate in internatinal relations in the Political Science Department. Criteria shall include course work, participation in activies such as the EU simulation and other activities. If no suitable candidate is identified, the award may be skipped for that year.
The application for 2016-17 awards is now closed.
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 an undergraduate student majoring in Secondary Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A preference given to graduate of Morrisville High School, Morrisville, PA.
John Gutscher Music Education Scholarship
Recipient must possess enthusiasm for teaching music, musical ability, academic proficiency, and financial need.
John Holingjak and Kathleen Wheeler Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student in the College of Education with demonstrated financial need and/or who is most deserving. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.
John T. Coates Horn Scholarship
Will support a talented incoming first-year student from the School of Music majoring in French Horn
Joy Vandever 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.
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.
Katherine Dougherty Stahl Scholarship
The Katherine Dougherty Stahl Scholarship will be awarded to a student (junior or senior) who majors in Elementary Education with a minor/concentration in reading/literacy. The student must have an overall GPA above 2.8 and a GPA above 3.25 in any education courses displayed on the most recent transcript. The candidate's scholarship application or resume reflects interest and extracurricular activities supporting urban education and/or strugging readers.
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.
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.
Latino American Student Organization (LASO) Scholarship
Will support incoming, first-year Hispanic students.
Leah Gallagher Riddle Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Early and Middle Grades Education with a minimum 3.0 who shows the greatest promise of classroom teaching.
Learning Beyond the Classroom Scholarship
Will support a graduate or undergraduate Education major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who has initiated and completed research and participated in professional conferences and meetings by presenting the student research projects. Application also requires a letter of recommendation from a professor.
Lenore Alt Excellence in Leadership
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.
Leonard Laubach Scholarship
Will support an outstanding instrumental student in the School of Music.
Lloyd Wilkinson Scholarship
The Lloyd Wilkinson Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has received formal admission into the Teacher Education program (FATE) within the Department of Kinesiology. There will be special consideration for veterans and/or those with an adapted Physical Education minor. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. Applicants are required to include a one paragraph description (100 words) explaining why they meet the requirements of this scholarship. The recipient will be selected by the Kinesiology Department and will be asked to write a thank you letter to the donor.
Lois Williams Scholarship Fund
Will support a third semester Concert Choir student enrolled in the School of Music with a GPA of 3.0+.
Loretta F. Meloni Scholarship
Will support an education major in the College of Education and Social Work who has demonstrated financial need, has a GPA of 2.5 or above and who is either a junior or a senior (at least 60 credits earned).
Mabel Kring Schaffer Scholarship
By invitation only. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated financial need, academic achievement, and good citizenship
Madelyn Gutwirth Scholarship
Will support scholarships for students in the Women's Studies program.
Margaret Gontar 1932 Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Secondary Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference given to graduate of Bristol High School.
Marion Peters Irvin '23 Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student majoring in Education with a commitment to teaching and demonstrated financial need. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.
Mark Wiener Scholarship
Will support a Secondary or Elementary Mathematics Education major with demonstrated financial need and strong academic performance.
Martha Ford McIlvain '52 Scholarship
By invitation only. Will support an incoming, first-year student with high academic achievement.
Martin N. Nguyen Scholarship
Will support a student in the School of Music who demonstrates leadership.
Mary B. Starr Memorial Scholarship in Nursing
The Department of Nursing of West Chester University awards nursing scholarships annually to nursing students at the beginning of their senior year. The students must be enrolled full time in the Level IV courses as of September to be eligible for this award. The criteria for selection are scholastic ability and interest in the maternal/ child profession.
Mary L. Turner Hopkins Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate student with a dual major in Special Education.
Matinee MCP Vocal Composition Scholarship
Will support the winner of the WCU Matinee Musical Club Vocal Competition.
McCarthy Family Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate 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.
Miriam Gottlieb Memorial Scholarship
will support an incoming, first-year School of Music student majoring in Piano.
MM 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. May be renewable up to 4 years if GPA of 2.5+ is maintained.
Music Education Scholarship
Will support an undergraduate Music Education major with outstanding academic achievement. Preference given to Instrumental, Choral and Conducting students.
N. Ruth Reed Scholarship
Will support full time students at WCU who are enrolled in an undergraduate Health Department Major, who have attained at least sophomore standing, and who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Nancy D. Snyder Scholarship
The Nancy D. Snyder Scholarship was established by the Snyder Family in memory of their wonderful mother. The scholarship is to be awarded to a single mother with economic and financial need who is working to complete her undergraduate degree.
Apply for this scholarship using the West Chester University General Scholarship Application 2018-19. Application deadline for this award is April 1, 2018.
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 3.0 GPA who is currently working to pay for some of his/her education and whose ultimate goal is to pursue teaching.
Pamela Coughlin Education Scholarship
Will support a female student majoring in elementary education, secondary special education or early childhood education.
Pat Croce Sports Medicine Scholarship
Will support an incoming first-year student majoring in Sports Medicine.
Paul E. Carson Band Scholarship
Will support an incoming, first-year student from the School of Music majoring in band instruments.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Scholarship
Will support an outstanding male School of Music major.
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.
R. Walter Supplee Scholarship - FND
Will support an undergraduate student in Early and Middle Grades Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Ralph DeRubbo Scholarship
By invitation only. Will support a student with high academic performance and financial need.
Randilyn Williams Annual Scholarship
Will support a full-time, undergraduate, female student majoring in Education with a minimum 3.0 GPA 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 extra-curricular activities.
Richard Paciaroni Memorial Scholarship
Through the kind generosity of the Paciaroni Family, funding is available to geography and planning students to support conference attendance. There will be up to four scholarships awarded for $150 each year to attend a regional professional conference such as the Middle States Division (MSD) of the Association of American Geographers meeting, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) meeting, and the Pennsylvania Geographical Society (PGS) meeting. There will be up to two scholarships awarded for $250 each to attend a national conference such as the Association of American Geographers (AAGs) annual conference, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Robert and Sally Smith Business Scholarship
Robert is a 1972 alumnus of West Chester University with a degree in management. After 18 years as an Executive at Dassault Falcon, based in Little Rock, AR, Bob and Sally returned home to Chester County area and spend their retirement on travel, his love of cars, her art, and significant volunteer time mentoring WCU and other college students.
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
Robert L. Carl Keyboard Scholarship
Will support an incoming, first-year student from the School of Music majoring in Keyboard.
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’s assessment of the student’s potential to become an effective, positive and lifelong member of the profession.
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.
S. Powell Middleton ScholarshipS. 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.
S. Warren and Mildred M. Supplee Memorial Scholarship
To be awarded to a student in the College of Health Sciences with the first preference given to a nursing student and, if no nursing fits the guidelines then to a deserving student in the College of Health Sciences. Recipients must show financial need and must have merit. A recipient must demonstrate and then maintain a 3.2 GPA to maintain the scholarship. Student must be of good moral character and may not have any judicial actions pending or new during their time as a recipient of the scholarship. Any judicial or legal actions shall result in forfeiture of the scholarship.
- Submit a brief essay stating why you believe you should be awarded this scholarship in 500 words or less.
- To determine your financial need, a FAFSA must be filed with the University for verification purposes.
- Your GPA will be weighted as part of the decision making process.
Samuel Martin Endowed Scholarship
Will support an Education major with demonstrated financial need with a proven ability for classroom teaching. The current FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office. Application also requires a letter of recommendation from field experience teacher.
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.
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
Scott Robinson Adapted PE Scholarship
The scholarship recipient must participate as a volunteer in WCU’s Physical Education Program, exhibit a long term commitment to working with people with disabilities, be enrolled as a full-time student at WCU, and be an advocate for programs serving people with disabilities.
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.
Shirley Walters Memorial Research Scholarship
Will support a graduate student majoring in Secondary Education, involved in scholarly research, with a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Application is now closed for 2017-18 awards.
Staley Foreign Language
Will be awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate French major
SVG (Student Veteran Group) Coalition Scholarships
Candidates must be a full-time WCU Student Veteran and active participating member of the Student Veteran Group. All WCU SVG members are eligible for multiple scholarships. Must have been honorably discharged or currently serving under Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard status. Dependents and spouses of military service members are not eligible. Three different scholarships are available:
Veterans Academic Excellence Scholarship - One (1) $1,000 merit based award per semester
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 - One (1) $1,000 merit based award per semester. 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 - Six (6) $500 scholarships
Must be a full-time enrolled Student Veteran with demonstrated financial need.
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.
Theodora Pandel Piano Scholarship
Will support an incoming, first-year School of Music student majoring in Piano.
Ty Grady Scholarship
Open to all Business Management majors. Recipient will have a 3.0 or higher GPA. No restrictions on gender, race or age. Applicants will be required to complete a two-page essay on the following topic: Explain why you want this scholarship and how it would help further your education.
Vera A. Kenny and Clarence McKelvie Education Scholarship
By invitation only. Will support an incoming first year student with major in the College of Education
Viola B. Shay Scholarship
Will support an incoming vocal major.
W W Smith Scholarship
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.
WCU Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship
The criteria for selection are: (1) meritorious academic achievement; (2) demonstrated financial need; (3) involvement with campus activities; and (4) completion of at least 12 graduate credits at the time.
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.
West Chester Chamber of Commerce MBA Scholarship
Will support an MBA student with a 3.0+ GPA (9 completed credits) who has been a resident of greater West Chester for at least 12 months. Two qualified students to receive an award of $500 each.
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).
Winifred P. Ressner Scholarship
Will support upper class students majoring in Kinesiology with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Women in Leadership and Service (WILS)
This scholarship is designed for WCU women undergraduate students who demonstrate distinguished leadership abilities on campus or in the community. Students must have completed 60 or more undergraduate credits at WCU as of the start of the Spring 2018 semester. They must have one or more remaining semester(s) on campus after Spring 2018 and must be in good standing with the University with a minimum of a 3.25 GPA. This year, the Women in Leadership and Service will award a $5,000 scholarship to assist a woman student who demonstrates leadership and service qualities.