Sep 17, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Financial Aid



The information contained in this section is subject to change or modification as state and federal regulations and/or institutional policies are revised.

Financial Aid Services Office

Lipka Hall: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 610-499-4161 Fax: 610-499-4687
E-mail: finaidmc@widener.edu

Overview

Widener University participates in a wide variety of financial aid programs to assist students and their families in paying for postsecondary education. These include scholarships, grants, and work programs funded by the university, as well as assistance from state and federal programs and private resources. More than 90 percent of Widener’s full-time, undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. Students may qualify for academic- based scholarships, need-based assistance, or both.

Academic-based Scholarships

Widener University offers academic scholarships based on academic achievement and extracurricular activities, high school involvement, community service, and donor-specified criteria. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Admissions based on information provided on the admissions application. No separate application is necessary.

Presidential Service Corps (a Bonner Leaders Program)

Students who are invited to join the Presidential Service Corps (PSC) are eligible for a PSC leadership award of $5,000 per academic year, in addition to any need-based financial aid or academic-based scholarships up to the amount of full tuition. Once identified in the top 10 percent of accepted students, qualified individuals will receive an invitation from Widener University to submit a Leadership Application. Widener will invite finalists to attend the selection process which typically occurs in March. To retain the award, PSC members must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 and satisfy 300 hours of service per year. Students are required to perform service in the local community, attend service leader meetings, participate and support Widener service events and programs, and act as a positive representative of the Widener University community.

Need-based Assistance

Financial Aid Services welcomes all requests to discuss financial aid planning and is available to assist in the application process for need-based aid. Through a combination of federal, state, and institutional resources, Financial Aid provides awards to students and families who are unable to meet the full cost of attendance with their own resources. Need-based assistance is intended to supplement, not replace, the family’s contribution. A simple equation illustrates how this works:

   Cost of Attendance
Expected Family Contribution
= Financial Need (potential need-based aid eligibility)

Cost of Attendance is determined annually from actual tuition and fees, a weighted average of room and board charges, and averaged costs of books and supplies, personal expenses, and student loan fees.

Expected Family Contribution is the amount the student and the family are anticipated to contribute toward the cost of attendance. The federal Expected Family Contribution is determined from information the student and family provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The reported information is subjected to a formula established by the U.S. Congress. All schools are required to use the results of the federal need analysis formula from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal student assistance. Widener Financial Aid Services uses the information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for need-based aid from the university.

Each year Widener University establishes a policy of awarding need-based financial aid that takes into consideration annual allocations of federal student assistance, university funds, and anticipated enrollment. Guidelines are established to determine the best method of meeting students’ needs. Undergraduate applicants for need-based aid are expected to apply for their state’s grant program (some states are reciprocal, except for NJ, NY, and MD), the Federal Direct Loan, and any other aid for which they might be eligible. The amount of Federal Direct Loan is included in the award notification, but there is no penalty if the student elects not to borrow. When or if a student rejects or fails to apply in a timely manner for a need-based aid program for which the student would be eligible, the university is unable to replace the funds with institutional aid.

Priority for federal campus-based and Widener funds is given to full-time students who complete the application process in a timely fashion. On a limited basis, students enrolled less than full time with exceptional need may also be considered. To receive aid from the federal programs, the student must:

  • have financial need, except for Federal Direct PLUS and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan programs.
  • have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that the student is not in default on a federal student loan and does not owe money back on a federal grant.
  • have a valid Social Security Number.
  • register with Selective Service, if required.
  • make satisfactory academic progress.
  • sign a statement on the FAFSA that the funds will be used for educational purposes.

If substantial need still remains after federal aid and Widener funds have been awarded, Financial Aid Services will inform the student about alternative sources of funding such as the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program. Students must reapply for financial aid each year. The amount of assistance from the university may increase or decrease from one year to the next depending on the family’s financial circumstances, the availability of funds, and federal and state regulations.

Widener is a NCAA Division III institution and does not award financial aid to any student-athlete based on athletic ability. The administration of financial aid based upon need and/or academic ability without the consideration of athletic ability or participation is a principle fundamental to Division III athletics.

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress for Continuance of Financial Aid

Federal and Institutional Aid

In order to receive Federal Title IV and institutional financial aid, students must progress toward the completion of their program of study at a rate that will ensure graduation in a reasonable length of time. Widener University has established a minimum standard that measures academic progress both quantitatively (credit hours) and qualitatively (grades) at the end of each semester.

Students must meet the following minimum academic progress standards to receive Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct PLUS, and Widener institutional funds.

Quantitative Measurement

Undergraduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 67 percent of the total credits attempted while enrolled at Widener. Successful completion is based on the percentage of total (i.e., cumulative) credit hours attempted compared to the total credit hours completed. Earned credits for a course cannot be counted more than once. Grades of “I” (Incomplete), “W” (Withdrawal), “F” (Failure), and “NP” (No Pass) count as credits attempted but do not count as credits completed. For a full definition of attempted and completed credits, please contact Enrollment Services - Financial Aid Services Office.

Qualitative Measurement

Undergraduate students must achieve the cumulative grade-point average (GPA) below:

Credit Hours Minimum Completed GPA
15.5 or fewer 1.70
16 - 30.5 1.80
31 - 60.5 1.90
61 and more 2.00

An undergraduate student who fails nine or more credits in one semester may be dismissed for academic failure.

Maximum Time Frame Requirements

The maximum time to complete the credits required for graduation is measured in credit hours attempted. The maximum time frame may not exceed 150 percent of the published length of the academic program. The maximum time frame for a transfer student may not exceed 150 percent of the published length of the program minus the number of credits accepted for transfer at the point of matriculation.

Measurement of Progress

At the end of each academic year, students are evaluated for academic progress (quantitative and qualitative). Students who do not meet the minimum standards will be contacted by e-mail using their Widener e-mail account. Notification will outline student options to re-establish eligibility, such as attending subsequent classes or submitting an appeal for a waiver by a specified date.

Dismissal, Suspension, and Readmission

Academically dismissed students are ineligible for financial aid. Students who are suspended are ineligible for any type of financial aid during the term(s) of their suspension. Academic readmission to Widener University does NOT automatically grant reinstatement of financial aid eligibility. All dismissed students must appeal to regain their financial aid eligibility.

Reinstatement

Reinstatement of financial aid eligibility is possible once the student has earned 67 percent of total credits attempted and has achieved the required grade point average, either at the student’s own expense or by completing unfinished class assignments, except when aggregate hours (total hours attempted) are the cause of ineligibility.

Appeals

At the end of each academic year, a student may appeal any failed progress status based on extenuating circumstances, such as the death of a relative, a serious personal illness or injury, or a change of educational objective. The student must be able to demonstrate that the extenuating circumstance had a direct impact on the student’s academic performance.

Appeals will require an academic plan with input from the student’s academic advisor or dean. An appeal for excessive aggregate hours must address, at a minimum, any degree program changes and include a degree completion plan from the dean of the student’s school or college.

Widener University Funds

In addition to meeting the minimum academic progress standard, students must be enrolled full-time and conduct themselves properly to receive funds from Widener University. If extracurricular activity is required as a condition of the grant, satisfactory performance is necessary.

Standards of Academic Progress for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has its own academic progress policy for students who receive Pennsylvania state grants. In order to continue to receive a Pennsylvania state grant, a student must meet the state’s policy. PHEAA sends a copy of its policy to each state grant recipient. In brief, a student is required to successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester for each full-time state grant received and a minimum of 6 credits per semester for each parttime state grant received. Academic progress for the continuation of state grant is measured at the end of the spring semester annually. A full copy of PHEAA’s policy is also available upon request from the Financial Aid Services Office.

How to Apply

To apply for need-based financial aid at Widener University, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New students and transfer students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible beginning October 1, 2018 for the 2019–2020 award year and beginning October 1, 2019 for the 2020–2021 award year. Priority is given to completed applications received by Enrollment Services - Financial Aid Services Office by December 15 for new students. If requested, students must submit supporting documents necessary to complete their application requests.

Students can access the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The student and at least one parent will need to obtain an FSA ID online at https://fsaid.ed.gov to electronically sign the FAFSA. More information on applying for aid can be found in the financial aid section of Widener’s website at widener.edu/financialaidoffice.

Federal Aid Programs

The rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance under the Higher Education Assistance Act and a statement of the federal requirements for the return of grant or loan assistance provided thereunder is set forth in the Financial Aid Handbook, available on Enrollment Services - Financial Aid Services website.

Federal Pell Grant is a federally administered program that awards grants to undergraduate students on the basis of exceptional need. The annual amount available is subject to federal fiscal year appropriations. Eligibility is limited to students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Once a student has received a Federal Pell Grant for 12 semesters or the equivalent the student will no longer be eligible for Federal Pell Grants.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal campus-based program for undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant recipients. The amount of the award depends on the student’s need, the availability of funds, and the amount of other aid received. Eligibility is limited to students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

Federal Work Study (FWS) is the opportunity to earn funds through employment and is awarded as part of the student’s aid package. The amount of FWS awarded represents the maximum eligibility for which a student may work and earn as part of the student’s aid package. Students may work up to 15 hours per week during any week in which classes are held and up to 25 hours per week during break periods. Actual earnings depend on the number of hours worked and the wage rate, but may not exceed the FWS award amount. The wage rate starts at $7.25. The rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance pursuant to federal work-study programs and a statement of the federal requirements for the return of assistance provided thereunder is set forth in the Financial Aid Handbook, available on Enrollment Services - Financial Aid Services website.

Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education that are administered by Widener University. They are the U.S. Department of Education’s major form of self-help aid and are available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. There are two types of Federal Direct Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized. Federal Direct Loans replace the Federal Stafford Loans, which were formerly known as Federal Guaranteed Student Loans. Because the funding for these loans comes straight from the U.S. Department of Education, you do not have to find a lender to borrow from through this program.

Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

A Federal Direct Subsidized Loan is available to help meet financial need after other resources are subtracted or to the annual maximum loan limit, whichever is lower. Visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/interest-rates for current loan rates. Interest begins to accrue immediately upon graduating or when the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time.

Effective July 1, 2013, first-time Federal Direct Subsidized Loan borrowers are limited in the amount of time they can receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans. (First-time borrowers are students with no outstanding federal loan balance as of July 1, 2013.) Borrowers may receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for no more than 150% of the length of the student’s current academic program (e.g., 6 years for a 4-year program). Once students reach the 150% time limit, they will not be eligible for any further subsidized loans. If students reach the 150% time limit and continue to enroll, they will lose the interest subsidy on the subsidized loans they borrowed in the past. Students who have reached the 150% limit remain eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. The time limit for borrowing subsidized loans will be adjusted to reflect part-time attendance and attendance for only one semester.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

A Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on your financial need. If your estimated cost of attendance is greater than your financial aid and you have not reached your annual maximum loan limit through the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, you may qualify for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/interest-rates for current loan rates. You are charged interest on this loan from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. You have the option to pay on the interest while in school or to allow the interest to accumulate, which adds to the principal amount of the loan and increases the amount to be repaid.

How to Apply for a Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized or Unsubsidized)

To apply for a Federal Direct Loan, you must complete the FAFSA. In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled at least half time and meet other general federal student aid eligibility requirements. If you qualify for a Federal Direct Loan, it will be included in your Financial Aid Award Letter.

E-sign the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Students borrowing a Federal Direct Loan must complete a Federal Direct Loan Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN) before loan money can be disbursed. Once a Federal Direct Loan MPN is completed and the loan is disbursed to you by Widener University, you do not have to sign a Federal Direct Loan MPN again (it is valid for 10 years).

To complete the MPN, you must go to https://studentloans.gov. You will need your FSA ID to sign your MPN electronically. The FSA ID is the same one used to sign your FAFSA.

After you sign your MPN, electronic notification will be sent to Widener University. Widener may not disburse your Federal Direct Loan unless you have completed your MPN and have completed entrance counseling.

Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling

The federal government requires a student to participate in loan counseling prior to receiving a Federal Direct Loan. Entrance counseling will explain various aspects of student loans, such as repayment and interest, and the student’s rights and responsibilities.

Entrance counseling can be completed at https://studentloans.gov. You will need your FSA ID to successfully complete the entrance counseling. After you complete entrance counseling, the results will be sent electronically to Widener University. You may wish to print a copy of the rights and responsibilities page for your personal records.

Receiving Federal Direct Loan Funds

When Widener University is notified by the Federal Direct Loan processor that they have a valid MPN on file for you and you have completed entrance counseling, your Federal Direct Loan, minus a small origination fee, will automatically be credited to your student account once classes have begun, as long as all other federal student aid eligibility requirements are met.

Request Reduction or Cancellation of a Federal Direct Loan

You have the right to reduce or cancel your Federal Direct Loan offer. You can do so by making a notation on your Financial Aid Award Letter and returning it to Enrollment Services - Financial Aid Services.

Eligibility

Degree-seeking students who are enrolled at least half time may receive Federal Direct Loan funding as long as they meet the general eligibility requirements.

Federal Direct Loan Monthly Payments at 8.25% over 10 Years
Total
Indebtedness
Interest
Charges
Number of
Payments
Total
Repaid
Monthly
Payment
$ 2,600 $ 628.42 65 $ 3,228.42 $ 50.00
5,000 2,358.97 120 7,358.97 61.33
7,500 3,538.80 120 11,038.80 91.99
10,000 4,718.00 120 14,718.00 122.65
15,000 7,077.60 120 22,077.60 183.98

Typical monthly payments and total interest charges over a 10-year period based on 8.25 percent interest rate.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

The Federal Direct PLUS loan enables parents with good credit histories who are not in default of a federal loan to borrow funds to pay the educational expenses of each dependent undergraduate child enrolled at least half time. The yearly limit on a Federal Direct PLUS is equal to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid. Parent borrowers can choose to defer payments on a Federal Direct PLUS loan until six months after the date the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Accruing interest could either be paid by the parent monthly or quarterly, or be capitalized quarterly. Payments on interest may be tax deductable, and there are no penalties on paying off the loan early.

State Aid Programs

State Grants—Each state has its own grant program, as well as its own award levels and eligibility criteria. Generally, state grants are awarded on the basis of need and limited to students attending school within their own state of residence.However, if a reciprocity agreement exists between two states such as Pennsylvania and Delaware, students may use the grant in the reciprocal state. All financial aid applicants are expected to apply for their state’s grant (some states are reciprocal, except for NJ, NY, and MD). For information about your state’s reciprocity agreement and application instructions, contact your state agency.

Institutional Aid & Scholarships

Grant-In-Aid is available each year to new and returning full-time students who demonstrate need. Grant-In-Aid funds are also used as matching funds for federal aid programs in which a student may participate. Assistance is limited to eight full time semesters for bachelor’s degree candidates and four full time semesters for associate’s degree candidates. Eligibility is limited to students who have not already earned a bachelor’s degree.

Widener Employment is funded from university resources. Students may work up to 15 hours during any week in which classes are held and up to 25 hours per week during vacation periods. (Contact Enrollment Services - Financial Aid Services for information.)

Widener Scholarships—Each year, Widener offers a number of scholarships to academically talented students. These scholarships, ranging from $9,500 to $28,500, are awarded solely on the basis of merit. Each applicant is automatically reviewed for consideration for all awards for which he or she may be eligible. There are a number of endowed scholarships administred by indidual departments.

African American Scholarship—This scholarship is designed to assist African American students. Awards provide assistance to students with or without financial need to attract and retain students with outstanding academic or other non-athletic achievements.

A. Groff Alderfer Memorial Endowed Scholarship—Named in honor of a dedicated and longtime member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty, this partial scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman declaring a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, with strong preference given to a declared science major. The scholarship is renewable provided the student is making satisfactory progress toward the baccalaureate degree.

The Laila Al-Saleh Memorial Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship— Established by Conrad ‘55 and Sheilagh Karl in memory of Laila Al-Saleh, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a rising senior undergraduate in the School of Nursing. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service.

Alumni Engineering Scholarship—This partial scholarship, created by an anonymous alumnus, is awarded to a second semester or above engineering student making meaningful contribution to college life with at least a 2.5 GPA who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable.

Greta Jean Anderson Scholarship—This partial scholarship was created in memory of Greta Jean Anderson, a 1988 graduate of Brandywine College. It is awarded annually to a female sophomore majoring in management. Emphasis is placed on academic performance and community service. The scholarship is renewable.

The Association for Operations Management (APICS) Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to a junior enrolled in the School of Business Administration who is chosen for excellent academic performance in the area of operations management.

William R. Bailey Scholarship—Created by William R. Bailey ‘54, at least one partial scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or upperclassman with a declared major in one of the science curricula who demonstrates financial need. The awardee is chosen with the input of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The scholarship is renewable.

The Dr. Charles L. Bartholomew Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to a second year civil engineering student in good academic standing who demonstrates outstanding communication skills.

The Bergeman Family Endowed Scholarship—Established by Richard P. Bergeman ‘62, this renewable partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student with an excellent academic record who demonstrates financial need. Preference shall be given to students enrolled in the School of Business Administration. Additional preference may be given to a minority or female student.

Richard P. Bergeman ‘62 Endowed Scholarship—This renewable partial scholarship is awarded to an academically above average student in the School of Business Administration or Engineering with preference to an incoming freshman. The recipient is to be from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Professor E. Randy Biddle Scholarship—Created in memory of longtime Widener faculty member Edmund “Randy” Biddle, this partial scholarship assists students majoring in English who have achieved academic merit and demonstrated financial need.

Blizzard MacQueen Endowed Scholarship—Established by Frank Blizzard ‘53, ‘70, this partial scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student with an outstanding academic record who demonstrates financial need. Preference shall first be given to residents of Upland, PA, then Delaware County, PA.

Leo and Julia Blumberg Engineering Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to a student entering the senior year who has been outstanding in theoretical studies and practical application of engineering concepts.

Boeing Engineering Scholarship—Established and funded by The Boeing Company, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the School of Engineering based on recommendations from engineering faculty. Boeing has been a steadfast supporter of higher education at Widener for several decades.

Boeing School of Business Scholarship—Established and funded by The Boeing Company, this scholarship is awarded to a student in the School of Business Administration based on faculty recommendations. Boeing has supported higher education at Widener for many decades.

Sarah E. Bone Endowed Scholarship Fund—This scholarship is awarded to a student who has an outstanding academic record and demonstrates financial need.

James E. Bowen ‘49 Endowed Scholarship—Established by James E. Bowen ‘49, this partial scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman exhibiting academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is renewable. Amount and frequency of award is determined by financial considerations.

Bowlby Accounting Endowed Scholarship—Established by G. Robert and Barbara Bowlby, this renewable, partial scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or upperclassman in the School of Business Administration majoring in accounting. The recipient shall be making appropriate academic progress and demonstrate financial need.

Ruth C. Bragg Scholarship—Created by 1957 PMC graduate Russell Bragg, this partial scholarship is awarded to female School of Business Administration students who are in their junior or senior year and have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.

Robert J. and Judith G. Bruce Endowed Scholarship—Established by Robert J. and Judith G. Bruce, this partial scholarship is awarded to a sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement as well as financial need and is renewable. Amount and frequency of the award is determined by financial considerations. Requires a GPA of 3.0.

Dermatological Nurses’ Association Gil and Carol Cacciutti Nursing Scholarship—Established in honor of Mr. Gilbert Cacciutti, a ‘67 PMC alumnus, and his wife Carol, by Mr. Anthony J. DelVacchio Jr. ‘67 and Ms. Bonita Weyrauch, then President of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, this partial scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree within the School of Nursing. The recipient must demonstrate both academic merit as well as financial need.

Chris A. Campana Memorial Scholarship—Created in memory of Christopher A. Campana ‘91, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or upperclassman in the School of Business Administration, ideally specializing in management information systems. The recipient must demonstrate financial need. Must maintain a GPA of 2.5.

Children of Active & Reserve Military Personnel Educational Scholarship (Widener CARES)—This scholarship is available to all dependent children whose parent was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and was killed in action in either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The current scholarship total per applicant is $25,000 per year or $100,000 total.

Walker Carter Memorial Scholarship—Created in memory of Walker L. Carter ‘78, this partial scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman student who is a resident of the city of Chester, Delaware County at the time of application, is active in student activities and demonstrates financial need.

Seung W. Choi Endowed Scholarship—Created by Seung W. Choi ‘67, at least one partial scholarship is awarded annually to an international student who demonstrates academic merit as well as financial need. Preference will be given to students from Korea or to Korean American students.

Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship—Established by members of the undergraduate class of 1985, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1986 Endowed Scholarship—Established by members of the undergraduate class of 1986, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1988 Endowed Scholarship—Established by members of the undergraduate class of 1988, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1989 Endowed Scholarship—Established by members of the undergraduate class of 1989, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1990 Endowed Scholarship—Established by the members of the undergraduate class of 1990, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1992 Endowed Scholarship—Established by members of the undergraduate class of 1992, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1993 Endowed Scholarship—Established by members of the undergraduate class of 1993, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Class of 1994 Endowed Scholarship—Established by the members of the undergraduate class of 1994, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate for his/her senior year. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Dr. Martin J. Collo Scholarship—Established in memory of Martin J. Collo, a Widener University government and politics professor. This scholarship shall be awarded to a junior or senior political science student who has demonstrated high academic achievement (minimum 3.25 GPA) and financial need. This scholarship is renewable. If conditions cannot be met, faculty may award to the most deserving student closest to the outlined criteria.

Annie Langham Cottee Scholarship—Created by faculty member Col. William Langham Cottee in memory of his mother, Annie Langham Cottee, this partial scholarship is awarded to a male student having successfully completed at least two semesters at Widener. The awards are based on financial need and academic excellence and are renewable.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to a graduate of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School who is a full time student maintaining satisfactory academic record and demonstrating financial need.

Kenneth and Mary Dale Scholarship—This scholarship was established by the late Mary E. Dale in honor of her husband, the late Kenneth S. Dale ‘76H. During his career, Mr. Dale was very connected to Chester, working with the Chester YMCA and the Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Mrs. Dale was an active community volunteer. This scholarship provides tuition assistance to deserving undergraduates who exhibit outstanding academic merit and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Donald J. Daley Scholarship—This renewable partial scholarship created by Donald J. Daley ‘87 is awarded annually to a graduate of Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ. The recipient shall demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students majoring in engineering.

Anthony D’Angelo Scholarship—Established in memory of Anthony D’Angelo who was a 1993 School of Business Administration senior, this partial scholarship is awarded to an entering SBA freshman from Anthony’s alma mater, Cardinal O’Hara High School, who demonstrates strong academic skills and has participated in extracurricular activities.

The John A. and Hugh-Leene Dornsife Endowed Scholarship Fund—This renewable partial scholarship is awarded to students majoring in arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, hospitality management, or nursing who demonstrate financial need and excellent academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA).

Eleanore Dower Nursing Award—An anonymous donor created this scholarship to honor Professor Eleanore O. Dower, a former nursing professor. This scholarship is awarded to a senior nursing student with a high academic average and financial need. Must maintain a GPA of 2.5.

Faculty Scholarship—Created by the faculty of Widener University, partial scholarships are awarded annually to rising juniors based on academic merit and community service. A recipient may receive this scholarship more than once. Requires a 3.0 GPA.

Sebastian and Sharon Faro Undergraduate Biology Scholarship— Created by Sebastian Faro, MD, PhD ‘62, this partial scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman with a declared major in biology. The recipient should exhibit outstanding academic merit and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree, and continues to qualify academically and financially.

The Henry T. and Dorothy S. Feige Scholarship Fund—Created by Henry T. ‘35 and Dorothy S. Feige, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior undergraduate majoring in environmental science. The recipient must demonstrate financial need, good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA), and, through academic and extracurricular activity, a strong interest in increasing the awareness of environmental protection issues within the general community.

The Francine Saylor Ferris Memorial Award—Partial scholarship for use in the senior year is presented annually in memory of Francine Saylor Ferris, a graduate of the nursing curriculum who met an untimely death in November 1972. The award is given to a nursing student who has achieved high scholastic standing in the junior year and who demonstrates the high personal characteristics necessary to enter into the nursing profession.

Andrew D. Field ‘77 Endowed Scholarship—Established by Mr. Andrew D. Field ‘77, this partial scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.

Albie Filoreto Scholarship—Created by John D. ‘63 and Maryann ‘63 Dishaw in memory of classmate Albie Filoreto ‘63, this partial scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman who has a minimum 2.5 GPA pursuing a course of study in the College of Arts and Sciences and demonstrating financial need.

First Presbyterian Church of Chester Memorial Scholarship—Established by the First Presbyterian Church of Chester, this partial scholarship is awarded to a student from the City of Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Jeanne Gelman Endowed Scholarship—Established by Professor Emerita Jeanne Gelman, this partial scholarship is awarded to a nursing student demonstrating financial need.

General Adult Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate, non-traditional student. The scholarship was created in the early 1990s through the generous contributions of alumni from University College, and donations from the college’s own staff and faculty members.

John L. Geoghegan ‘63 Memorial Scholarship—Established by John D. ‘63 and Maryann ‘63 Dishaw in memory of classmate John L. Geoghegan ‘63, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore majoring in English. The recipient shall be a member of Widener University’s ROTC Freedom Battalion or is a veteran of the Armed Forces and participate in university-sponsored extracurricular activities or be active in community service projects. The student shall demonstrate leadership skills and financial need.

John L. Geoghegan ‘63 Social Work Scholarship—Established by the parents of John L. Geoghegan ‘63, this partial scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in social work who demonstrates financial need.

The Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Endowed Scholarship Fund—This partial scholarship is awarded to a student entering his/her sophomore year who has successfully completed his/her freshman year with a grade point average of 3.0 and who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable ifacademic excellence is maintained.

George W. Graner Scholarship—Established by Mr. George W. Graner, a ‘66 PMC alumnus and Vietnam veteran, this partial scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree within the School of Business Administration demonstrating financial need. The scholarship is renewable annually throughout the student’s uninterrupted study at Widener pending satisfactory academic performance as determined by the university’s academic policy.

John and Dorothy Hanna Memorial Scholarship—Established by the family of John and Dorothy Hanna, this scholarship is awarded to an upperclassman who has demonstrated excellent academic abilities as well as financial need.

Edith Hannum Scholarship—The Edith Hannum Scholarship was created through an estate gift by the late Edith P. Hannum, a Haverford Township commissioner who served that community for over 45 years and tireless public library advocate. Preference for the scholarship is given to adult female students, 24 years of age or older. Applicants are judged on financial need, educational and professional goals, and academic potential. The scholarship may be renewed with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

George A. Hansell Jr. Scholarship—Created by George A. Hansell Jr., partial scholarships are awarded to deserving undergraduates in good academic standing who exhibit leadership qualities that will enhance their opportunity to be leaders in their fields of endeavor while contributing to the prominence of Widener University in some university activity. Awards are based on financial need.

The James Thomas and Carolyn Sue Harris Scholarship—This partial scholarship is to support a sophomore or higher student who exhibits active commitment to community service and appropriate academic progress. Preference is given to students demonstrating financial need.

George ‘92 and Nancy Hassel Endowed Scholarship—At least one partial scholarship awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need. Renewable if student remains in good academic standing.

The Leona Hayman Nursing Scholarship Fund—Established by Ms. Charmane Hayman Sellers in honor of her late mother Ms. Leona Hayman, this partial scholarship is awarded to upperclassmen in the School of Nursing who demonstrate academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA) and financial need. Preference is given to a single parent; a graduate of Chester High or a surrounding region of Delaware County, PA; a resident of the City of Chester, PA; or an adult student 25 years of age or older. The recipient is chosen with input from the dean or the dean’s designees.

James W. Hirschmann III Endowed Scholarship—This partial scholarship created by James W. Hirschmann III ‘82 is awarded annually to a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School. The recipient shall have an outstanding academic record and demonstrate financial need.

Robert L. Hoffman ‘49 Endowed Scholarship—At least one partial scholarship for an engineering student who has maintained a satisfactory academic record and demonstrates financial need.

Huston Foundation Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded annually to a well qualified junior or senior who has demonstrated academic ability pursuing a degree in the School of Business Administration.

Mathews Johnson Scholarship—At least one partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the School of Business Administration. The recipient(s) is chosen with the input of the dean of the School of Business Administration.

Isobel O. Jones Endowed Nursing Scholarship—Inspired by a Widener University nursing student, Mrs. Isobel O. Jones established this scholarship to demonstrate respect for the work that nurses do. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the School of Nursing.

Samuel and Hilda Karl Endowed Scholarship—Established by Conrad ‘55 and Sheilagh Karl in memory of Connie’s parents, Samuel and Hilda Karl, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior nursing student who exhibits outstanding academic merit and demonstrates financial need and a commitment to community service.

The Lenore and Howard Klein Endowed Scholarship—Partial scholarship awarded to an adult parent pursuing an undergrad degree demonstrating financial need. Preference given to a parent.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to a student from Chester Public High School who best exhibits and exemplifies the principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The recipient shall be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing, without judicial sanctions, who is active in service to the community and demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable if good academic standing is maintained.

Mel R. Korn ‘51 Endowed Scholarship in Global Marketing—Established by Mel R. Korn ‘51 in honor of the outstanding achievements of President Emeritus Clarence R. Moll, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior majoring in marketing, and is presented during the senior academic year. The student is selected by the dean of the School of Business Administration based on a competitive paper on an innovative marketing topic. Guidelines for the paper are proposed by marketing faculty.

Nathaniel and Shirley Kornfield Scholarship—This scholarship was established by Dr. Nathaniel Kornfield, a former Widener faculty member and his wife Mrs. Shirley Kornfield. This partial scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in good academic standing in the School of Engineering. The scholarship may be renewed if the student continues to meet the criteria.

Lawrence S. Kucharczuk Memorial Scholarship Fund—Established by friends and family in memory of Larry Kucharczuk, this renewable partial scholarship is awarded to a freshman student demonstrating academic merit and financial need.

Eva C. Leet Endowed Scholarship in Nursing—Established by Eva C. Leet, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate nursing student from Atlantic, Cape May, or Cumberland County, New Jersey who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to an employee or child of an employee of The Shores at Wesley Manor, Ocean City, New Jersey.

Thomas E. Leet ‘17 Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering—Established by Eva C. Leet in memory of her husband Thomas E. Leet, class of 1917 and former faculty member, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an upperclassman, preferably a member of the university’s ROTC Freedom Battalion pursuing a degree in civil engineering. If no ROTC student is identified, it may be awarded to a non-ROTC student. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Atlantic, Cape May, or Cumberland County, New Jersey.

Theodore F. Locke Jr. ‘42 Freshman Scholarship—This scholarship is awarded to a freshman who demonstrates financial need and general academic achievement.

The Mervin R. Lowe Humanities Scholarship—This award is given annually to at least two worthy rising juniors majoring in the humanities. Recipients are selected by the humanities faculty on the basis of demonstrated academic ability but with consideration given to financial need. The scholarship is funded from the estate of Mervin R. Lowe who was a full professor of English.

James W. Lush Endowed Scholarship—Created by James W. Lush ‘45, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or upperclassman in the School of Engineering, School of Business Administration, or College of Arts and Sciences. Preference shall be given to a student pursuing a career in transportation or distribution aspects of commerce. The recipient shall provide evidence of financial need.

The Maguire Scholars Endowed Scholarship—Established by the The Maguire Foundation, this scholarship will support 3-5 undergraduate students who are a graduate of one of the Maguire Scholars high schools in the Philadelphia area who have a cumulative 3.0 GPA, an active commitment to community service or civic engagement and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less.

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Scholarship—This partial scholarship is support students in the Center for Hospitality Management who demonstrate financial need.

MBNA Scholarships—Funded by MBNA America, partial scholarships are awarded annually to residents from Wilmington or elsewhere in the state of Delaware who demonstrate financial need.

Rose McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship—This scholarship was created in memory of Miss Rose McLaughlin, who served as head housekeeper for more than 30 years, and is awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior. Particular emphasis is placed upon the recipient’s sincerity, scholarship, motivation, and financial need.

Dean Thomas Grason McWilliams Jr. and Rosalinda Wepf McWilliams Engineering Scholarship—Established by Thomas Grason and Rosalinda Wepf McWilliams, this partial scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman majoring in engineering. The recipient shall have an outstanding high school record and be a resident of Cecil County, Maryland. This scholarship is renewable based on academic performance (minimum 2.5 GPA).

George William and Ruth Axtmeyer Miller Scholarship—Created by Winton A. Miller ‘55 to honor his parents, George William and Ruth Axtmayer Miller, this partial scholarship is awarded to a female student who has successfully completed her sophomore year with a minimum 3.0 GPA toward a degree in electrical engineering.

Kenneth D. ‘92 and Nancy M. Miller ‘88, ‘92 Endowed Scholarship Fund—This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student in either the School of Business Administration or the College of Arts & Sciences. Preference is given to a science or math major. A minimum 3.0 high school GPA is required. Recipient shall demonstrate financial need. This is a renewable scholarship for recipients who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

The Clarence R. and Ruth H. Moll Scholarship—This scholarship exists to provide significant financial support for the purpose of improving the quality of our health professions education program and students. A total of four renewable scholarships are available in each class year (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). Candidates for the award must be of the highest character and recommended by the health professions program committee.

Ralph P. Muller and Alice B. Muller Endowed Scholarship—Created by Ralph ‘62 and Alice Muller, this renewable partial scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate degree who has been impacted by an immediate family crisis and demonstrates financial need.

General Carl E. Mundy Jr., USMC (Ret.) and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Scholarship—Established by ‘67 PMC alumnus and Trustee Thomas H. Bown II and Bonnie Bown, the General Carl E. Mundy Jr., USMC (Ret.) and Linda Sloan Mundy Marine Scholarship will match the amount students receive from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation up to $5,000 per year for four years. The scholarship shall also provide $5,000 per year to any direct descendant of General and Mrs. Mundy for up to a maximum of four years as a Widener University student in good standing. The scholarship is named in honor of General Mundy, a Vietnam veteran, retired Marine Corps Commandant, and former USO executive.

Subba Rao Nadig Memorial Scholarship—Created by faculty member Gopalakrishna Nadig, in memory of his father, his partial scholarship is applied to the tuition and room and board of the highest ranking student majoring in mechanical engineering who has completed at least 4 semesters at Widener University. Requires a minimum 3.5 GPA. Recipients are determined by the chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

New Century Club of Chester—This partial scholarship is awarded to a student in the School of Nursing who is a resident of the City of Chester or surrounding region and who demonstrates evidence of scholarship and professional growth.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship—The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship supports the completion of bachelor’s degrees for mature female students 25 years of age or older who are in need of financial assistance. The scholarships reduce dependence on loans and recognize the challenges faced by mature women who seek higher education while juggling family and work commitments. For more than four decades, the foundation has generously supported higher education opportunities for female students at Widener. The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation was created through a bequest by the late Mrs. Charlotte W. Newcombe, a notable Philadelphia philanthropist. The foundation supports students in their pursuit of higher education. Through grants to colleges and universities, the foundation’s scholarships and fellowships assist mature female students, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and doctoral students researching ethical and religious views.

Leo A. Orlowsky Scholarship—This award was established by the late ‘79 Brandywine College alumna Mrs. Marlene A. Orlowsky in memory of her late husband, Mr. Leo A. Orlowsky, a ‘59 PMC alumnus. The fund provides scholarship(s) of at least $1,000 each to Widener University students who display exceptional service and dedication to the university’s athletic program as non-players.

Osher Reentry Scholarship—Established by The Bernard Osher Foundation, this tuition-only scholarship is awarded to undergraduate, non-traditional students who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of at least five years. Preference may be given to students between 25-50 years of age. The award is based on financial need and academic merit. Students who receive this scholarship are referred to as Osher Reentry Scholars. The Bernard Osher Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students. In addition, the Foundation supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. Widener University is proud to have an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, along with 115 other institutions of higher education throughout the United States.

Steven Ross Oskin Scholarship—Created by David W. ‘64 and JoEllen Oskin in memory of their son, this four-year scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating financial need and maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to African American students demonstrating leadership and commitment through previous accomplishments and enrolled in the School of Engineering or the School of Business Administration. One new scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman each year; all others are renewable.

The Savas and Mary Elizabeth Özatalay Scholarship—This scholarship was established by Dr. Savas Özatalay, dean of the School of Business Administration, and his wife Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Özatalay. This scholarship is awarded to a freshman majoring in economics or finance who demonstrates academic merit and financial need. The scholarship must be used toward tuition costs and can be renewed for an additional three years as long as the recipient maintains eligibility.

Aram S. Papazian Scholarship—Established by family, fellow alumni, and friends of Aram S. Papazian ‘58, at least one partial renewable scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore who is actively involved in campus life through university-sponsored extracurricular activities or is an active volunteer outside the university.

John F. and Clare M. Parkinson Endowed Scholarship— Established by the estate of Clare M. Parkinson, this scholarship is awarded to a student residing in Delaware County, PA, and majoring in nursing or engineering.

Louis Pellegrini Family Annual Scholarship in Accounting—Established by Mr. Frank L. Pellegrini, a ‘66 PMC alumnus, this partial scholarship is awarded to a School of Business Administration student majoring in accounting who demonstrates financial need.

PMC Alumni Scholarship—This four-year partial scholarship is awarded to an academically superior incoming freshman and is renewable each year. The amount and frequency of the award is determined by financial considerations.

PMC Prep School Scholarship—Established by Elmer N. Strauss Jr. ‘56 and other graduates of the PMC Prep School, this partial scholarship is awarded to a freshman undergraduate engineering student who is in good academic standing and has demonstrated financial need.

John and Anne Poulin Endowed Scholarship for the Center of Social Work—Established by Dr. John Poulin, professor and associate dean of the School of Human Service Professions, and his wife Mrs. Anne Poulin, this scholarship is awarded to a bachelor of social work (BSW) or master of social work (MSW) student (an MSW student must have a 3.5 GPA). The recipient must have an interest in community service.

Rotary Club of Chester Scholarships—The Rotary Club of Chester provides scholarships to local residents who reside in the City of Chester, the Borough of Upland, and Chester Township. Students must be active members of the Rotaract Club of Widener. While it is anticipated that there will be one recipient from each school, both recipients can be from the same school if there is no equally qualified applicant from the other institution.

Saad Outstanding International Student of Business Scholarship—Established by Germaine Saad and family, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding international rising senior in the School of Business Administration. The student shall have achieved the highest GPA among all international students, demonstrating academic merit in operations management at the conclusion of the junior year.

Sartomer CEO Scholarship—This scholarship is awarded to a senior student in the School of Business Adminis-tration who has an outstanding academic record and is active in student activities.

The Herman M. Saunders Memorial Scholarship—Created in memory of Herman M. Saunders ‘97 by his family and friends, this partial scholarship is awarded to a student demonstrating financial need. Preference will be given to members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity who have demonstrated leadership within the Widener University community.

John and Charles Sevier Memorial Scholarship—Two partial scholarships are awarded to third- or fourth-year students in the School of Business Administration or the School of Nursing. Awards are based on academic excellence and financial need. The scholarships are in memory of faculty member John C. Sevier and his brother, Charles.

The Margie A. Silli ‘93 Endowed Scholarship—Created in memory of Margie A. Silli ‘93 by her family and friends, this partial scholarship is awarded to an upperclassman majoring in nursing. The award is based on academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to graduates of Cardinal O’Hara High School and St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Elementary School, both in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Preference is also given to children of employees of Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. This scholarship is renewable provided the recipient continues to qualify academically (minimum 3.0 GPA) and financially.

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Scholarships—An annual grant from the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust provides financial assistance to full-time, undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and who demonstrate financial need.

The Professor Michael P. Smyth, PhD, Scholarship Fund—This endowed scholarship has been created in memory of Dr. Michael P. Smyth by his wife Pamela and his family and friends. This is a partial scholarship awarded to a senior student majoring in electrical engineering who demonstrates integrity, leadership, service, and dedication. If no electrical engineering student is identified, other engineering majors may be considered.

Sons and Daughters of Italy Scholarship—Established by the Historic XII October Lodge #486 of Chester, PA Sons and Daughters of Italy of PA and the Former Columbus Center Association in remembrance of the Italian Immigration of the City of Chester at the turn of the 20th century, this partial scholarship is awarded to a full-time student in good academic standing with a demonstrated appreciation for the study of the Italian language and/or the Italian culture. Preference will be given to a student who is minoring in Italian studies, engaged in the Italian studies program activities, and enrolled in Italian courses at Widener.

Professor Sophocles M. Sophocles Scholarship—This scholarship was created in memory of longtime faculty member, Professor Sophocles M. Sophocles. At least one partial scholarship is awarded to a student in the Humanities Division of the College of Arts and Sciences who has completed two semesters at Widener. The student shall provide evidence of academic excellence. Of secondary consideration is the student’s financial need. Recipients shall be selected by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences with the advice of the humanities faculty.

Frances and Leo Speck Scholarship—Established by John ‘63 and Maryann ‘63 Dishaw in memory of Maryann’s parents, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the School of Business Administration who demonstrates superior academic performance and financial need.

Ron and Rita Stead Endowed Scholarship—This endowed scholarship, established by Dr. Ronald S. and Mrs. Rita C. Stead, supports an incoming freshman or transfer student who is in good academic standing and is seriously interested in a career in education or public service. The student must demonstrate humane values and a service orientation in his or her high school or other activities.

Drs. J. Jordan Storlazzi Sr. and Jr. Memorial Scholarship—This partial scholarship is awarded to a rising senior biology student who is planning to attend medical school, a graduate biology program, or another graduate program involving physical science. The recipient shall demonstrate academic merit as well as financial need.

Sykes Scholarship—Created by Paul J. ‘62 and Bonnie Sykes, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students providing evidence of financial need. A recipient may receive this scholarship more than once providing the recipient remains in good academic standing advancing toward a degree.

Dean Dorothy Stewart Thompson Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship—Named for the founding dean of Widener’s School of Nursing, partial scholarships are awarded to senior nursing students in the day and evening divisions who demonstrate financial need and who exhibit service above and beyond expectation to the nursing profession and to patients in the clinical environment.

General (Ret.) and Mrs. John H. Tilelli Jr. Annual Endowed Leadership Scholarship—Established by Gen. John H. Tilelli Jr. ‘63, this partial scholarship is awarded to a member of the ROTC Dauntless Battalion who participates in university-sponsored extracurricular activities or is active in community service projects; alternatively the student may be a member of the Green to Gold program or a veteran of the armed forces. GPA of 3.0 is required.

Robert and Jean Turrell Endowed Scholarship—Created by Robert ‘37 and Jean Turrell to honor Robert’s father, J. Elmore Turrell (Class of 1905), this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student of outstanding academic record who has demonstrated financial need.

Ukrainian Scholarship Fund—This endowed scholarship, established by Mr. Peter B. Zacharkiw ‘72, ‘77M, and his friends, supports a full-time undergraduate student of Ukrainian decent. An essay is required that describes how the student’s education at Widener can help the Ukraine. The recipient must also be willing to volunteer at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Philadelphia.

Vito R. Verni Endowed Scholarship—Created by Vito R. Verni ‘61, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student from a West Chester County, New York high school, preferably Iona Preparatory School. The recipient shall be pursuing a field of concentration in physical therapy, allied health professions, or nursing. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Wetherill Scholarship—At least one partial scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in mathematics. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s academic record and financial need.

Widener-PMC Alumni Association Scholarship Fund—Established by the members of the Widener-PMC Alumni Association and funded through gifts from Widener alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations, this partial scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior student who is maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or better and participates in university sponsored extracurricular activities or community service projects.

William J. Zahka Scholarship—Created by gifts from faculty, alumni, staff, and friends to honor William J. Zahka, this partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the School of Business Administration, demonstrating academic merit and financial need. This scholarship is renewable.

The John A. Zohlman Scholarship—This scholarship fund was established in honor of John Zohlman, a cadet and battle group executive officer at PMC, by his friends and family. This partial scholarship is awarded to an upperclassman displaying academic merit and financial need.

Tri-State Training Scholarship—Established by the Tri-State Training Safety Consulting LLC, this partial scholarship is to be awarded to a nursing student with an outstanding academic record and GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to any student who can demonstrate proof of good samaritanism through the use of CPR and/or experience in administering other first aid techniques in real world situations.

ROTC Scholarships

Army ROTC National Scholarships—The Army Four-Year and Three-Year Advanced Designee Scholarship programs are available to students who will graduate from high school or possess an equivalent certificate before September 1 of the first year they enroll in college. Students are awarded these scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process. The scholarships provide full tuition and mandatory fees per year, plus $1,200 per year for books and a $420 per month tax-free stipend. Army ROTC scholarship winners at Widener also receive free room and board (cost of basic double room and gold meal plan) as an incentive, after other grants are applied. The stipend and book allowance provided by the Army must be counted as gift aid when determining a student’s overall eligibility for financial aid.

Scholarship applications and information are available online at www.armyrotc.com. Applications must be received by the U.S. Army Cadet Command no later than February 4 of the year leading to fall semester college enrollment. Although the minimum requirements are as follows, scholarships are awarded competitively to the most qualified: applicants must have 920 or higher on the SAT (CR and Math), or 19 or higher composite score on the ACT; be a U.S. citizen; be 17 years old or older by October 1 of the year they enter college; and have four years of college remaining for a baccalaureate degree. Interested students should contact the Widener Department of Military Science at 610-499-4098.

Army ROTC Campus-Based Scholarships—The Campus-Based Scholarship program is available to freshman and sophomore students and to seniors applying to a two-year graduate program. The Widener University Department of Military Science awards to qualified students full tuition scholarships including mandatory fees, plus $1,200 per year for books and $420 per month tax-free stipend. Army ROTC scholarship winners at Widener also receive free room and board (cost of basic double room and gold meal plan) as an incentive, after other grants are applied. The stipend and book allowance provided by the Army must be counted as gift aid when determining a student’s overall eligibility for financial aid. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Military Science by November 1 or April 1 of the semester prior to anticipated benefits. Although the minimum requirements are as follows, scholarships are awarded competitively to the most qualified: applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, be full-time students, be U.S. citizens, pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, be DoD medically qualified, and be able to graduate and commission before the year of their 31st birthday. Interested students should contact the Widener Department of Military Science at 610-499-4098.

Army ROTC Advanced Course—The Department of the Army pays $420 per month during the regular school year to students contracted in the Army ROTC Advanced Course. Upon completion of the Advanced Course and graduation from Widener University, students are commissioned as officers at the rank of second lieutenant. Interested students should contact the Widener Department of Military Science for further details at 610-499-4098.

American Legion, Smith Howard Post ‘93 Scholarship—A $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to a senior Army ROTC cadet at Widener who demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership, and military service.

General (Ret.) and Mrs. John H. Tilelli Jr. Annual Endowed Leadership Scholarship—One partial scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is a member of the ROTC Dauntless Battalion, a member of the Green-to-Gold program, or a veteran of the armed forces. This recipient will be a student who participates in university-sponsored activities or who is active in community service projects, has no record of indiscipline, and who maintains an academic GPA of 3.0.

 

Other Sources of Aid

Students should contact local organizations such as the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Veterans’ organizations, and church organizations for local scholarship funds. Parents should contact their employers about scholarships and grants that may be available for their sons and daughters.