Marjorie Stephenson Scholarship
Marjorie Stephenson, a professor and librarian at Slippery Rock University from 1971 to 1978, made provisions in her will for undergraduate scholarships at Slippery Rock University. Her original wishes were to give priority to African-American Library Science majors. However, as SRU no longer offers this major, applications from students in other disciplines may apply. Female students of color with majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education will receive highest consideration; others may also apply.
An essay entitled How My College Education Will Help Me Pursue My Career Goals is required, along with two letters of recommendation from SRU faculty members. At least one of the recommendations must be from a professor with whom the student has taken a class. The essay should be one to two pages in length and should include campus and community activities and an indication of financial need.
The number of scholarships awarded will depend on available funds as well as the qualifications of the applicants. The maximum award will be $1,000; partial awards may be granted.
- Student must be an undergraduate who has demonstrated strong academic performance.
- Student must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at SRU by the conclusion of the current semester.
- Students who have transferred more than 36 semester hours to SRU are not eligible.
- Awardee must be a full-time student during the time she/he holds the scholarship.
- Previous recipients of Stephenson scholarships must reapply and will be considered along with all the other applicants.
Application forms are available online and in the main office of Bailey Library, second floor, between 8:00 and 4:30, Monday through Friday. Completed applications (form, essay, and recommendation letters) are due in the same office by noon, March 15. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Stephenson Scholarship Committee, Bailey Library, c/o Judy Silva. The committee has the option to interview finalists.
Completed Application Will Include:
- Completed application form.
- A one to two page essay entitled How My College Education Will Help Me in Pursuing My Career Goals. Please include campus and community activities and an indication of financial need.
- Two letters of recommendation from SRU faculty members. At least one of these must be from a professor with whom the student has had a class
For Additional Information
Contact Judy Silva, Chair, Marjorie Stephenson Scholarship,
Bailey Library, 724-738-2658.