Cavill endows safety management scholarship at SRU


Wilma Cavill at graduation

Wilma Cavill, a retired Slippery Rock University faculty member, has made a $25,000 gift to SRU to endow a scholarship for safety management majors.

April 26, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Wilma Cavill, retired Slippery Rock University assistant professor of safety management, has made a $25,000 gift to the University to endow a scholarship that will provide financial assistance to SRU safety management majors. The Wilma J. Cavill '52 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded each year in varied amounts beginning fall 2018 to at least one full-time safety management major who demonstrates financial need and is a Pennsylvania resident.

Cavill, a 1952 SRU graduate with a degree in physical education, worked at the University for more than 57 years. She returned to her alma mater in 1958, supervising student teachers and as an aquatic specialist, before serving in several roles, including women's gymnastics coach for five years and women's swimming coach for 13 seasons.

Lovingly known during her tenure as SRU's "elder statesperson," Cavill was instrumental in the development of the Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, the organization that represent faculty and coaches, and was a member since its founding in 1971. She's now a proud member of APSCURF, the retired members branch of the organization.

At the time of her retirement, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service and was recognized as the longest serving faculty member in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

Recipients of the Cavill Scholarship will be determined after a review of applicants by SRU's Financial Aid Office and the Safety Management Department. The application will be available on the SRU scholarship webpage later this year at:

Online donations to the endowment can be made via the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc. website at:

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