Skip to main content

 Butler County Bar Association Endows $20,000 Scholarship at SRU 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


          SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- A scholarship proposal taken to the Butler County Bar Association by Slippery Rock University’s Dr. Walter Powell, professor of political science, has resulted in the association endowing a $20,000 scholarship for pre-law students as part of the 10-year “Campaign for Slippery Rock University” currently raising $33 million in university support.

           In presenting the endowment, William J. Schenck, past president of the local bar association, noted, “The American legal system touches every person in our society. It is the single system that protects both individual and societal rights. Competent, professional lawyers are vital to the legal system’s function. A ‘rock solid’ undergraduate education provides firm footing for law school and the honorable practice of law.”

          Powell, a member of the bar association since 1974, approached SRU’s Office of University Advancement after learning the association had project funds available. “It was a perfect example of matching faculty with advancement objectives, and we certainly appreciate Professor Powell’s initiative. There is virtually no limit to what can be accomplished in advancement if all of our faculty become as involved as Dr. Powell,” said Bob Mollenhauer, vice president for university advancement.

          “I was glad to be able to make the connection,” said Powell, who serves as adviser to between 10 and 20 students in SRU’s pre-law program.

          The Butler County Bar Association Endowed Scholarship will be presented annually. The $1,000 scholarship, with preference given to Butler County students, can be renewed. SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, which has partnered with the Widener University School of Law to offer state system students the opportunity to participate in two special admission programs to the law school.

          Ruth Purcell, director of University Advancement at SRU, praised the scholarship’s creation, noting, “Approximately 65 percent of Slippery Rock University students are the first in their family to attend college and nearly 75 percent of our students work while going to college. The need for such scholarship support is clear, and I believe this is a wonderful legacy from practicing attorneys in our region. At the university, we are most appreciative.”

          Individuals may continue to contribute to the scholarship, including planned giving bequests that would allow it to increase or be expanded to more than one recipient.

          “The Campaign for Slippery Rock University” stands at nearly 60 percent of the goal at less than halfway into the campaign. Funds are being sought for three featured objectives, including $8 million for the University’s scholarship endowment; $17 million for capital projects, including a new Science and Technology Building now under construction; and $8 million for academic excellence, including an Honors College and technology upgrades. Robert S. Taylor, Esq., a 1978 SRU graduate and a member of the SRU Council of Trustees, is chair of the campaign.



Click here to view the Economic Impact Report

Click here to view the Economic Impact Report