Annual Gift Scholarships
Annual gift scholarships are made possible by donors interested in supporting Keene State College students and recognizing their particular interests and abilities. Persons or organizations interested in establishing such scholarships may contact the Office of Development at 603-358-2372.
AAUW Annual Undergraduate Diversity Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 by the Keene Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to provide recognition and financial assistance to a Keene State College undergraduate student from diverse or under-represented populations. Preference will be given to a female student. This award is based on financial need, merit and recipients must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, if an incoming first-year student, or a minimum GPA of 2.5 if a current KSC student, and be enrolled at least half-time in courses at Keene State College.
American Association of University Women, Elsa P. Ware Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1987 by the Keene Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to provide recognition and financial assistance to a non-traditional graduate student at Keene State College. Preference will be given to female students. This award is based on financial need with secondary consideration for merit based on the student’s GPA or academic achievements. The recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Alice S. Ayling Fund
Keene State College is the only New Hampshire institution chosen to participate in the Ayling Scholars Program. The Alice S. Ayling Foundation was established by bequest in 1988 to provide financial assistance to deserving men and women who would not otherwise be able to pursue a college education. Recipients must be New Hampshire residents with demonstrated financial need. They are expected to realize their academic potential and to involve themselves in significant ways in their community, on or off campus. The scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years upon recommendation of the College’s faculty liaison officer. In a given year, there are ten to twenty Ayling Scholars on campus.
William L. ‘57 and Barbara R. Brackett ‘57 Excellence in Teacher Education Scholarship
Bill and Barbara Brackett met, were married, and began their family while students at Keene Teachers College. Upon graduation from KTC, they moved to Plymouth, NH where Bill taught at the local high school. After two years in Plymouth, the Bracketts moved to Connecticut where both pursued their long and pleasant teaching careers. Upon retirement from the Connecticut Public School System, The Bracketts moved back to New Hampshire in 1994. And since volunteerism is one of their core values, they soon reconnected with Keene State College and could be seen all around campus lending a hand at a variety of KSC athletics and alumni events. Realizing the critical role of exceptional teachers in the classroom, combined with a deep desire to give back to the College that gave them each so much, Bill and Barbara Brackett chose to create a Teacher Education Scholarship to recognize and support Keene State College’s brightest and most promising future teachers. This scholarship shall provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled in the Teacher Education program at Keene State College. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to matriculated students of Junior or Senior status who have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education program at Keene State College. Eligible recipients must demonstrate financial need, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and/or community service.
John Michael Delehanty Arts Scholarship
The John Michael Delehanty Arts Scholarship was created by Carolyn Delehanty to remember and celebrate the life of her son, John Michael Delehanty. John Michael was a kind and caring person, who always made time for others. He had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed skateboarding, snowboarding and art; as well as spending time with good friends and family. The purpose of this award shall be to provide financial support to a deserving Arts Major to assist in paying for art supplies and textbooks. Consideration shall be given to KSC students majoring in art who demonstrate financial need as well as a commitment to community service.
Robin Dizard American Studies Award
The “Robin Dizard American Studies Award.” This award recognizes the vibrant and significant contributions to the American Studies Program by Professor Robin Dizard. The purpose of this award shall be to bring attention to the American Studies Program and to provide recognition to an outstanding American Studies Major. Consideration for this award shall be given to full-time matriculated students with junior or senior status who are majoring in American Studies who have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA. The award is not renewable to the same student. Demonstrated need is not a selection criterion. Nominations will be made by Core Faculty in American Studies. The nominator(s) will write a letter of support. Nominated students will be asked to submit to the Selection Committee (the Core Faculty in American Studies) one of their papers/essays, written in an upper-level American Studies course, or any course that has been part of their American Studies program. The letter of support and paper/essay will be submitted for consideration by the Selection Committee who will select the recipient of the award.
Environmental Studies and Chemistry Annual Award
The purpose of this award shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to a current student at Keene State College who is either a Chemistry major and Environmental Studies minor OR an Environmental Studies major and a Chemistry minor. Consideration for this award shall be given to a current student at Keene State College who with a GPA of at least 3.0. This award will be renewable for up to four years.
Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award
This Award recognizes annually a student who has shown excellence in writing. Through a generous gift by Bruce LeVine Mellion (‘69), the award honors the work of Professor Emeritus of English, Fred Fosher, whose masterful teaching promoted the value of clear, purposeful, and persuasive writing from 1967-1992 at Keene State College. The award recognizes the critical role that writing plays across the curriculum, and the inspired work of students who rise to the formidable intellectual challenge of writing clear, purposeful, and persuasive prose. Applicants must be full-time matriculated students with junior or senior status and will submit a portfolio, which will be judged by a faculty committee of at least five members.
Ivana Giovannelli Scholarship
The Ivana Giovannelli scholarship offers a full tuition waiver to attend the Lorenzo de Medici study away program in Florence, Italy for a semester. This scholarship was established by the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in the memory of Ivana Giovannelli, a beloved host mother in the Florence program who passed away in 2008. She was passionate about literature and history, especially as it related to the Mediterranean region. Preference given to a candidate that meets the following criteria: In-state student who would have junior or senior status while studying away; financial need; not travelled to Europe before and interest in literature and/or the humanities. The recipient would need to follow the application process of the Global Education Office upon award of the scholarship.
Governor’s Success Program
In 1988, a State initiative created scholarship assistance for full-time undergraduate students who are New Hampshire residents and have completed their freshman year. Awards are made on the basis of merit and/or need. The program is authorized each year by the New Hampshire Governor and Executive Council, subject to the availability of funds from the State and the ability of the receiving institution to raise matching funds from private donors.
Kiwanis Club of Keene Circle K Scholarship
Consideration will be given to students who have completed their freshman year, have a minimum of 2.5 GPA, display outstanding citizenship and are actively involved in Circle-K activities at Keene State College for at least one year
Carroll Lehman Award for Excellence in Vocal Music
The name of this gift fund shall be the Carroll Lehman Award for Excellence in Vocal Music. It was created in honor of the retirement of Dr. Carroll Lehman, Professor of Music and coordinator of vocal studies for 35 years at Keene State College, by his many friends, faculty, and students at KSC. During his career, Dr. Lehman served many roles including conductor, teacher, department chair, mentor and friend. His commitment to performance, music education and study has been instrumental in making the KSC Department of Music a vibrant program in the state of New Hampshire. The purpose of the fund is to provide recognition and give an award annually to a KSC student for excellence in vocal music study.
The Lewy Family Fund
The Lewy Family Fund at Keene State College supports the continuation of teaching regarding the Holocaust and other occurrences of genocide. This fund provides support for presentations at the annual Kristallnacht Remembrance celebrations organized and presented each year by the Cohen Center at KSC in the Keene community and to continue the educational initiatives of the Cohen Center.
Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship
The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust was established in 1938 by the will of the late Agnes M. Lindsay of Bridgewater, N.H. Agnes M. Lindsay Scholarships at Keene State College support full-time students who present a case for financial assistance and who are from rural (fewer than 15,000 inhabitants) Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Scholarships are available to entering and continuing students in all areas of study. Recipients are selected by the Keene State College Scholarship Committee.
Lorenzo de Medici Tuition Scholarship
A full tuition waiver to attend the Lorenzo de Medici study away program in Florence, Italy for a semester is available for the selected KSC student. Preference given to a candidate that meets the following criteria: Junior or Senior status while studying away; demonstrated financial need; strong record of academic achievement at KSC and other institutions of higher learning; not travelled extensively and/or to Europe before; and demonstrate in their life activities and experiences and the scholarship essay a passion for philosophical and creative inquiry. The selected recipient would need to follow the application process of the Global Education Office upon award of the scholarship and have a letter submitted by their major advisor.
Markem-Imaje Scholarship: Supporting Exceptional Promise in Chemistry and TDS
This award was established in 2012 to commemorate the creation of the Technology, Design, and Safety Center at Keene State College, and recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate excellence and passion in Chemistry, Sustainable Product Design & Innovation, or Safety Studies. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and foster excellence in the fields of chemistry, sustainable product design & innovation, and safety studies by providing scholarship support to students demonstrating distinction in their respective fields during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years. During each of these academic years, three recipients will be selected, with one recipient majoring in chemistry, one recipient majoring in sustainable product design & innovation, and one recipient majoring in safety studies.
Emerson and Ruth McCourt Annual Scholarship
This annual scholarship will provide tuition assistance for KSC students. To be eligible, students must be a resident of New Hampshire and have completed at least 50% of the coursework required to attain their diploma, associate or bachelors degree. Priority will be given to students majoring in Mechanical, Electrical, and Nursing programs; students majoring in Mathematics, Physics, or Chemistry will also be considered.
Bruce LeVine Mellion ‘69 TDS Experience Award for Excellence in Architecture, Safety Studies, and SPDI
The Bruce LeVine Mellion ‘69 TDS Experience Award for Excellence in Architecture, Safety Studies, and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation annually recognizes three exceptional students majoring (one each) in Architecture, Safety Studies, and/or Sustainable Product Design and Innovation who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and a commitment to share one’s experiences through mentoring and/or community service. The award recognizes the rigors and commitment needed to be successful in these technical programs of distinction and serves to inspire student recipients to continue their educational pursuits and to share their knowledge in deliberate and meaningful ways with their student colleagues and others. Awards shall be based on merit and achievement. Financial need may be considered but is not a prerequisite to receiving this award. Consideration for this award shall be given to three students annually with one each majoring in Architecture, Safety Studies, and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation. Applicants must be full-time matriculated students and be on track to become seniors at the time the award is received. Applicants will be identified and encouraged to apply by members of the TDS Faculty. Students are also encouraged to self-nominate. Recipients will be selected annually by the academic chairs of the Architecture, Safety Studies, and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation programs in coordination with Keene State College’s Financial Aid Office in accordance with all criteria outlined in this document.
Doug Nelson Outstanding Concert Band Member Award
This annual award was established in 2006 in honor of Doug Nelson’s retirement. Doug had been with Keene State College for 35 years. In the 25 years that the Redfern Art Center has been open, over 350,000 people have attended performances, art exhibits, taken classes, view films, created works of arts etc. Doug was responsible for bringing many of those people to the Art Center. His dedication to the creative process and his commitment to excellence in teaching have been intrumental in making the Redfern a vibrant home for the arts on campus and in the region. This award will be given each spring to a concert band member selected by a ballot of his or her fellow musicians.
F. Burton Nelson Holocaust Studies Memorial Award
This award recognizes annually a student who has demonstrated a commitment to Holocaust Studies. Through a generous gift Paul and Nancy Vincent, the award honors the late F. Burton Nelson, Professor of Theology at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. In 1965, while completing his dissertation on “The Ecumenical Movement and the Problem of World Peace,” Nelson enrolled in a doctoral seminar and was asked to select a contemporary ethicist for a research paper. As chance had it, he selected Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Bonhoeffer, a German theologian murdered by the Nazis, became Nelson’s theological companion for the remainder of his life. Recipients of this award shall be nominated by the members of the Holocaust Studies Council and selected by a committee of at least three Holocaust Studies faculty. Consideration for this award shall be given to an outstanding sophomore or junior at Keene State College, full or part time, with a major or minor in Holocaust studies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required and the student must be able to attend the annual Spring Honors Convocation to accept the award.
Charles Irwin Travelli Fund
Keene State College is the only New Hampshire institution chosen to participate in the Travelli Scholars Program. The Charles Irwin Travelli Fund was established in 1913 by Mrs. Travelli in honor of her late husband to provide financial assistance for deserving men and women who would not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a college education. Recipients must be New Hampshire residents with demonstrated financial need. They are expected to show academic potential, display good citizenship and participate in extracurricular activities. The scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years upon recommendation of the College’s faculty liaison officer.
Benjamin Wise Annual Award in Microbiology
The Benjamin Wise Annual Award in Microbiology recognizes a student who has a genuine interest in microbiology and a commitment to continuing that interest into future studies and career pursuits. The award was establishedb y Dr. BenjaminWise, Professor Emeritus and passionate advocate for microbiological awareness, upon his retirement in 2005. The award recognizes the critical role microbiology has in our society by providing recognition and financial support for biology majors who have chosen microbiology as an area of academic interest and who demonstrate a commitment to continuing that interest into future studies and career pursuits. Applicants must have obtained senior level standing based on Keene State requirements as of the spring semester in which they are applying; a GPA of 3.0 or above; be a Biology major with at least one course in microbiology; have a strong desire to continue that interest into future studies and career pursuits; complete the award application, and submit the writing requirement. All applicants will submit an application including a letter to the selection committee that addresses the sources of their interest in microbiology, a statement of their future education and career interests and how they relate to microbiology, a description of related experiences, and, if applicable, a brief description of independent research conducted in the area of microbiology. The application materials will be judged by the selection committee which will be composed of three faculty members - the primary instructor of microbiology courses, the chair of the biology department and a third faculty member, possibly from outside the department.
Women’s Educational Opportunity Grant
This scholarship is intended for women whose educational goals are intended to improve their opportunities for career advancement, with resultant improved economic self-sufficiency. All candidates must meet two qualifications: demonstrated financial need and declared intent to pursue a program of studies which has the potential of enhancing the candidate’s employability, earning power, career mobility or potential for career advancement. This program of studies need not lead to a college degree. Preference will be given to women who are working, single heads of households.
The Yarosewick Family Education Award
The Yarosewick Family Education Award was created by Mary-Lou S. Yarosewick to recognize outstanding students who are pursuing a teaching career in elementary education. Mary-Lou served as a fourth grade classroom teacher in Downington, Pennsylvania for 25 years. She developed a deep respect for the department of education at Keene State during her husband’s tenure as President (1994-2005). Consideration for this award shall be given to a full-time undergraduate student who is majoring in elementary or early childhood education; has achieved junior status; has a minimum grade point average of 3.2; has displayed devotion to community service/service learning; and has represented the education program with distinction and pride. Demonstrated financial need is not a criterion.