Generous friends have made gifts and bequests to establish the following permanent scholarship funds, providing stability of income for student tuition assistance.
- The Knipscher Chemistry Scholarship, founded to honor the memory of the Rev. John K. Knipscher, S.J., who founded the chemistry department at Rockhurst. Open to all chemistry majors.
- The Julian J. Knopke Scholarship—established in 2000 by the Knopke family in honor of Julian J. Knopke, a gifted and generous businessman and loving father. The fund is dedicated to assisting students in financial need who want to change their lives through desire and hard work.
- The Robert F. Kuhnlein Scholarship, founded in memory of Robert F. Kuhnlein, an alumnus and member of the Rockhurst Regents. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Dr. Thomas A. Kyner Memorial Fund, established in 1970 by bequest of Dr. Thomas A. Kyner, a member of Rockhurst Honorary Directors. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The William F. and James B. Laughlin Memorial Scholarship, created in 1997 by Eugene Laughlin to honor his brothers, William and James. The award assists deserving full-time juniors or seniors in the Helzberg School of Management who demonstrate financial need and who meet the criteria for academic scholarships.
- The Max Leupold Memorial Scholarship, created by bequest of Max Leupold, a Kansas City banker, civic leader and Rockhurst Honorary Director. Max Leupold developed corporate support for Rockhurst and our students over the course of ten years as a Senior Ambassador. Open to fulltime undergraduate students.
- The Robert L. Lueking Memorial Scholarship, established by Gus W. Lueking in memory of his son, Robert L. Lueking, a former Rockhurst student, and his wife, Edna Lueking. Open to students who demonstrate financial need, were born in and presently reside in Missouri, maintained a B average or above in high school, and continue to maintain a B average or above in collegiate studies. Preference is given to students pursuing study in business, accounting, or economics.
- The William E. and Mary Margaret Mangold Scholarship, created in 1996 to assist deserving graduates of Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Recipients must be enrolled full-time. Financial need is not a criterion for selection. Preference is given to incoming freshmen who plan to earn a degree in accounting. Scholarship is renewable for students who continue to meet all criteria.
- The Mason Family Scholarship honors Patrick W. Mason, 1921 alumnus and Rockhurst athletic coach, and members of the Mason family who supported the University and its students over many years. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Henry J. Massman, Sr. Scholarship honors Henry J. Massman, Sr., whose dedication to promoting Jesuit education galvanized support for the building of Conway Hall and Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse. Mr. Massman served as president of the Honorary Directors Association for 24 years. The scholarship provides tuition assistance for needy students. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The George & Mary McCullough and Ray & Lillian Enright Scholarship was established in 2005 by Thomas A. McCullough to honor his and his wife’s parents. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to complete their undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. Tom McCullough, Class of 1964, was a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees, and served on the alumni board and on numerous committees throughout the years. Recipients will be graduates of Catholic high schools on either side of the state line or will have attended one of the Central City Catholic schools or one of the Gardner Plan inner-city Catholic grade schools. McCullough/Enright Scholars will be enrolled full time and demonstrate significant financial need.
- The Robert A. McCune Memorial Fund, established by Thomas J. McCune in memory of his son, Robert A. McCune, a former Rockhurst faculty member, to provide financial assistance to junior and senior accounting students.
- The Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. McDonnell Scholarship assists deserving students, particularly those interested in engineering, with preference given to the children of employees of Burns-McDonnell.
- The Frank and Margaret McGee Scholarship, established by Thomas F. McGee in honor of his parents. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Thomas McGee Scholarship, founded by Louis B. McGee in honor of his father, Thomas McGee, for students majoring in business administration.
- The Meeks Family Foundation Scholarship for African-American Students, established by Judge and Mrs. Cordell Meeks, Jr., to provide tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to pursue an undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. Open to incoming freshmen who are African-American, reside in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan five-county area, demonstrate financial need and meet criteria for academic scholarships.
- The Chester C. and Addiebell Michael Scholarship, provided by the estate of a 27-year member of the Honorary Directors. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The James E. and Jane G. Millard Memorial Scholarship, established by their children in memory of their parents’ love and support of Catholic, Jesuit education. Preference will be given to a descendant of the Millards, then to Catholic students.
- The Bernadette and Richard Miller Scholarship, a grant to be awarded annually to full-time students who spent the prior summer doing voluntary social service for the less fortunate and needy. The fund was established by Richard W. Miller, a 1952 alum, past member of Rockhurst University’s Board of Trustees, prominent Kansas City attorney, and co-founder of the Christmas in October project, and his wife, Bernadette Miller, who is active in Rockhurst University’s Library Guild and other volunteer committees.
- The Patricia Cleary Miller Scholarship for Students in the Humanities was established in 2013 by Dr. Miller.
- The Robert W. and Mary Jane Miller Memorial Scholarship, founded by their children: Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. John Hinse, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roult. Robert W. Miller was a 30-year member of the Rockhurst Evening faculty and his wife, Mary Jane Miller, was a member and president of the Rockhurst Circle. The scholarship was established to provide tuition support for students who spent the previous summer in voluntary service to the less fortunate and needy. In this way, the children of Robert W. and Mary Jane Miller hope to encourage and assist people in following the example of their parents.
- Paul A. Mistretta Memorial Scholarship, established by the Mistretta family to honor their son, Paul, a former Rockhurst student who loved music, especially the trombone. The scholarship benefits students in Rockhurst’s Music Department. Recipients must be nominated by the Chair of the Music Department, demonstrate financial need, and maintain good academic standing. Preference is given to students of Italian heritage.
- The Murphy-Holman Scholarship—established to honor Jim and Susan Murphy’s families as well as to provide tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to complete their undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. James W. Murphy is a 1957 graduate of Rockhurst University. The scholarship is awarded to students in the Helzberg School of Management who are in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study, demonstrate need for financial assistance, are preparing for a career in business, have demonstrated progress towards attainment of their baccalaureate degree, are average academic students, and are enrolled full time. Preference is to be given to students who are first generation college students.
- The George M. O’Connor Memorial Scholarship, established in 2005 by family, friends and colleagues to create a perpetual memorial for Professor George M. O’Connor, who taught biology to Rockhurst students for 35 years. The scholarship was founded so that his legacy will live on through the type of student he most enjoyed teaching.
- The Vincent O’Flaherty Scholarship, established in 2003 by Michael O’Flaherty, class of 1959 and Rockhurst University Trustee, to honor his father.
- The Josephine A. Oldani Memorial Scholarship—established in memory of the mother of a Jesuit member of the Rockhurst faculty to provide tuition assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need.
- The Walter Ong, S.J. Scholarship, established in 2003 to honor Father Ong’s contributions as one of the founding members of the Alpha Delta Gamma Zeta Chapter Fountain City and in recognition of his later accomplishments as renowned teacher, scholar and author. The scholarship will assist deserving students at Rockhurst University. Preference given to members of the fraternity, as well as sons and daughters of ADG alumni.
- The James R. Owens, Jr. International Scholarship, established in 2001 by Mr. Owens, class of 1972, to encourage enrollment of international students from Ukraine.
- The Permanent Memorial Fund, a continuing source of support for the University that may be used in the area of most need. This permanent memorial provides lasting and appropriate honor for deceased persons through friends of Rockhurst.
- The Physical Therapy Scholarship—initiated by a gift from the first graduating class in physical therapy and continues to be primarily supported by graduates and their families. Assistance is awarded to the most financially needy year two and/or year three students in the Physical Therapy Education Program.
- The Dr. James F. Ragan Scholarship was established by his family in 2011 to honor his memory. The Ragan Scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to deserving students pursuing an undergraduate degree in English at Rockhurst University. Dr. Ragan, Class of 1949, was a professor in Rockhurst’s English Department from 1956-1966. Recipients will be juniors or seniors majoring in English.
- The Olivia Raya Scholarship was established in 2006 by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Raya in honor of their daughter Olivia, whose life journey ended at the young age of 26. Through hard work and determination, Olivia accomplished her greatest goal and received her undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. The scholarship will assist Latina women who are from Clay, Platte, Jackson, Wyandotte or Johnson county who have significant financial need. Recipients will be sophomores, juniors or seniors who are enrolled full time. Renewal of the scholarship will not be permitted.
- The Regular Investors in Rockhurst Scholarship—established by members of the Alumni Association from a portion of their regular annual support and is restricted to the children of alumni.
- The Mr. and Mrs. John A. Reid Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. George Reid in honor of Mr. Reid’s parents. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Reiter Family Scholarship, established in 2003 by Bob Reiter, class of 1964, and Rockhurst University Regent.
- The Robert A. Ridgway Scholarship Fund, founded in memory of Robert A. Ridgway by his wife. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Rockhurst Circle Scholarship, established as a permanent fund in 1972 from projects and gifts of the first (1927) women’s organization of the University, comprised of the mothers, wives and friends of students. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The RubinBrown/James and Karen Castellano Scholarship, established in 2004 by Jim Castellano, 1973 alumnus, and member of the Board of Trustees. The scholarship will assist deserving students at Rockhurst. Recipients will be MBA students who are enrolled full time and preparing for a career in accountancy.
- The Rues Occupational Therapy Scholarship, provides tuition support to occupational therapy students through the generosity of Drs. Larry and Jane Rues. Preference is given to occupational therapy students, who are also parents, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- The St. Francis de Sales Scholarship, established in 2006 by the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, 14th President of Rockhurst University and the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, provides tuition assistance to successful graduates from Cristo Rey and/or Nativity-San Miguel schools.
- The Seiber Family Scholarship Fund established in 2001 by John Seiber, class of 1956, and his wife, Patricia. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable potential civic and business leaders, who would not otherwise be able to attend Rockhurst, to enroll for University studies in the Jesuit tradition. Open to students with demonstrated financial need.
- The Professor Richard D. Shaw Scholarship, established in 2003 by friends, family and former students to honor Dick Shaw, class of 1960, Professor of Marketing and recipient of The Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; The Harry B. Kies Award for Service to Rockhurst and The Rockhurst Board of Regents Award for Service. Professor Shaw was twice-voted Teacher of the Year by Rockhurst’s undergraduate students and in 2003, was voted Faculty Member of the Year by MBA students. Shaw Scholars will be juniors and seniors enrolled full time, and pursuing an undergraduate major or program in the Helzberg School of Management. Candidates will be recommended by faculty or staff in the School and actively engaged in the Rockhurst community through lively participation in extra- and co-curricular activities in a manner that reflects Rockhurst Jesuit ideals.
- The Dr. and Mrs. John Albert Sheahon Scholarship will assist deserving undergraduate students studying science at Rockhurst University who demonstrate need for financial assistance.
- The Agnes Shirk Scholarship, created by the sons of Agnes Shirk, Paul and James, in recognition of her association with Rockhurst from 1924 to 1991 and her strong belief in Catholic education. Open to full-time undergraduate students with financial need.
- The William H. Small Scholarship, established in 2004 by William Small, class of 1963. Mr. Small attributes much of his personal and professional success to the academic disciplines and Christian values that were developed during his years at Rockhurst. The scholarship will assist students who have the academic potential to attain a Rockhurst degree; a degree he values highly. Recipients will be full-time undergraduates with demonstrated financial need.
- The Sosland Foundation Scholarship provides tuition assistance to needy students showing academic potential with special preference to Latinos.
- The Southwestern Bell Foundation Scholarship—awarded to students from geographical areas served by Southwestern Bell corporation including Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, with preference to students majoring in computer science, mathematics or accounting.
- The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta Scholarship Fund, established by Mr. Thomas J. McCune, The Stanley Works, and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Ziller, Sr., in honor of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta. Tuition assistance is provided to worthy students practicing the Catholic faith with preference to majors in philosophy and theology.
- The Kenneth J. Sullivan Scholarship, established in 1997 by family and friends to honor the memory of Kenneth J. Sullivan, class of 1952, to assist deserving students attain a Rockhurst degree. Recipients will be full-time undergraduates who intend to pursue an academic major in the field of English.
- The Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Scholarship, established by the Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity for its members. Open to active members in good standing of the Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity.
- The James I. Threatt Scholarship, created in honor of James I. Threatt, a well-known civic leader in Kansas City. Preference is given to minority students from an urban background with a B+ or higher high school GPA who intend to pursue a full-time course of study in business. Recipients should be interested in giving special consideration to the study of, or career intent in, public administration or urban development.
- The Ted Tobin Scholarship, created through the estate of Ted Tobin, a former Senior Ambassador for Rockhurst, who died in 1993. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Tonquest and O’Donnell Scholarship, established through gifts and bequests honoring Bernard and Thomas Tonquest and Lawrence O’Donnell. This scholarship assists deserving full-time undergraduate students.
- The Robert and Louise Tritt Scholarship, established in 2003 by Bob and Louise to assist deserving students at Rockhurt University. Bob received his undergraduate degree in 1977, his MBA in 1984, and is a member of the Board of Regents. Louise earned an undergraduate degree in 1981 and served as a member of the Rockhurst University Alumni Board. Recipients will be Catholic students from Catholic high schools who are full-time undergraduate students with demonstrated need of financial assistance.
- The Charles and Catherine Truitt Scholarship, established in 1994 by his family to honor Charles Truitt, a gifted business leader and family man and his wife, Catherine. The fund is dedicated to helping young men and women who seek to change their own lives through desire and hard work. Open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the Helzberg School of Management who are Kansas or Missouri residents and work 20 or more hours per week.
- The Fred P. Turner Memorial Scholarship honors Fred P. Turner, who shared his banking and investment experience in a very practical way. Grants from this scholarship are made to students who express the intention of obtaining an undergraduate degree in business, management, economics, accounting or related subjects, and evidence some need for tuition assistance.
- The Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph J. Valenta Scholarship, established by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph J. Valenta to recognize graduates of Saint Louis University High School showing academic ability and promise and who have demonstrated financial need.
- The Maurice Van Ackeren Scholarship, initiated in 1966 by the Rockhurst Circle in recognition of the fifteenth anniversary of the Rev. Maurice E. Van Ackeren, S.J., as president of Rockhurst University. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Frank Vanost Scholarship, founded in memory of Frank Vanost, a 1961 alumnus, by a friend and classmate, to provide assistance to fatherless students.
- The William Volker Scholarship, provided by a grant from a fund established in 1932 by Mr. Volker, a successful Kansas City businessman and generous philanthropist. Limited to residents and high school graduates of Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass and Ray counties in Missouri, and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, who display outstanding leadership skills and scholarship ability, demonstrate financial need, and are pursuing an undergraduate education at Rockhurst University.
- The Vowells Family Scholarship, created in 1997 by Mr. Joseph Vowells in honor of Brother Henry Poiner Vowells, S.J., Henry Poiner Vowells, Mary Jo Vowells, Joseph Poiner Vowells, and John Joseph Vowells, S.J. The scholarship is to assist Catholic students with demonstrated financial need, who are enrolled as full-time undergraduates.
- The Leo F. and Jean H. Weber Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the family and friends of Leo F. Weber and grants from the Bayvet Division of Miles Laboratories where Mr. Weber was Director of finance and administration. Leo received his MBA degree from Rockhurst in 1982. Jean, class of 1983, received a BSBA degree with an emphasis in marketing. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
- The Clyde Wendel Family Scholarship, established in 2005 by Clyde and Katie Wendel to provide tuition assistance to full-time undergraduate students with demonstrated need from the Kansas City or St. Louis metropolitan urban core communities. Preference given to students who have attended Catholic high schools in the urban core of St. Louis or the DeLaSalle Education Center of Kansas City.
- The Rev. James Wheeler, S.J., Endowed Scholarship Fund, created in 1999 to honor Father Wheeler, a long-time Rockhurst University professor of chemistry. The scholarship is for deserving students who pursue the study of chemistry.
- The Paul C. Wheeler Scholarship, established in 2003 by his wife, Dr. Patricia Wheeler, family and friends, to honor the memory of Paul C. Wheeler. class of 1963. Dr. Paul Wheeler lived his Jesuit education as a “man for others.” He was highly respected as a leader in the field of nuclear physics, as a volunteer in community service and a devoted husband and father. The scholarship will assist full-time undergraduate students with outstanding academic performance, who are majoring in physics. Financial need is not a consideration.
- The Dr. John F. White III Memorial Scholarship, established in 1989 to assist deserving students. Open to full-time undergraduates from farming or rural communities.
- The Wiesner Family Scholarship, established in 1998 by the family of Jack Wiesner to provide financial support to students in need with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
- The Helen E. Williams Memorial Scholarship was established by a bequest from Helen E. Williams that was directed by her son, Rev. William W. Williams, S. J., to provide tuition assistance to Rockhurst students in financial need, with preference given to students of Mexican ancestry.
- The Victor H. Zahner Scholarship Fund was established by a bequest of Victor H. Zahner in order to provide financial aid for students in need. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
Each year certain institutions, companies and individuals provide funds for scholarships for qualified students. Among those which have been given on a regular basis are the following:
- The Alpha Sigma Nu Scholarship benefits undergraduate students with financial need and academic excellence.
- The Megan Lynn Barnett Scholarship in Business Administration was established to honor the memory of Megan Lynn Barnett. This sponsored scholarship is designated for juniors in the Helzberg School of Management who have completed 60 credits with a high level of academic success. Preference will be given to students majoring in advertising or marketing.
- The Virginia L. Coleman Scholarship was established by Ms. Coleman in 2010 to assist deserving students who demonstrate need of financial assistance. A long-standing love of Rockhurst and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of students prompted Ms. Coleman to establish the scholarship. Recipients shall be full-time undergraduates. Preference is given to graduates of private high schools located in Wichita, Kansas.
- The Construction Financial Management Association Scholarship was established in 2008, to assist deserving Rockhurst students in the Helzberg School of Management who are in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study in Accounting. Preference will be given to students who are planning a career in the construction industry or who have a parent employed in some capacity in the construction industry.
- The Cooper Sponsored Scholarship was established by Dr. Janet Cooper in 2013. This scholarship will assist undergraduate students majoring in Biology. Harold and Marjorie Cooper were life-long educators. Harold Cooper was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and received a Masters and a Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He taught history and political science for 35 years at the high school and college level. He taught at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS; Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, NE; Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE, before finishing his teaching career at Missouri Southern State College as Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division. Marjorie Cooper was a graduate of Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and received a Masters from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught elementary school in Nebraska and Missouri for 30 years.
- The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Sponsored Scholarship was established in 2010 by the Trustees of the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation to provide tuition assistance to deserving students who are seeking undergraduate degrees at Rockhurst University. Qualified Durwood Scholars shall meet admission requirements, criteria for academic scholarships and be enrolled as full-time students.
- The James F. and Judith R. Gleeson Family Sponsored Scholarship was established in 2009 to assist students who experience a family emergency that may be a barrier to completing their education at Rockhurst. Recipients shall be enrolled full time as a sophomore, junior or senior. Jim Gleeson is a 1957 Golden Hawk, Rockhurst Regent, member of the Heritage Society and volunteer.
- The Adolph Heine Scholarship was established in 2009 to honor Mr. Adolph L. Heine, an esteemed Kansas City entrepreneur and close friend of the Rev. Maurice Van Ackeren, S.J., former President of Rockhurst University. Mr. Heine was a 1997 Honorary Alumnus, Member of the Rockhurst University Heritage Society and Perpetual Honorary Director. This scholarship assists graduates of Bishop Ward High School and/or program participants from the Guadalupe Center who might not otherwise be able to attend Rockhurst University.
- The Iseman Family Sponsored Scholarship was established in 2011 by Shelly Iseman, ‘89, and Andy Iseman, ‘87 and ‘93. Their purpose is to assist deserving students in earning a Catholic, Jesuit education at Rockhurst University. Recipients will be full-time undergraduate students with demonstrated need of financial assistance and a record of commitment to the Catholic faith.
- The Robert A. Long Sponsored Scholarship for Nursing was established in 2011 by Mrs. Mazie Long to honor the memory of her husband, Bob. Mr. Long assisted six Rockhurst University presidents. His outstanding service to Rockhurst included membership in the Honorary Directors Association, the Board of Regents, and as a Universitry Trustee. The purpose of the Long Scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to young men and women who are seeking undergraduate degrees in Nursing through Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing.
- The Catherin V. Merrill Scholarship was established by the Catherin V. Merrill Foundation. The awards are for Catholic graduates from high schools in the Kansas City area. Students must demonstrate significant financial need. Preference is given to students who aspire to a role in church leadership, for example, as a youth minister. Students must be academically qualified to attend Rockhurst University and enrolled full time. Renewal of the scholarship will be expected for three years as long as the student has a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year, and there has been no significant improvement in their financial need.
- E. E. Newcomer Enterprises Foundation Scholarship assists deserving students with demonstrated financial need.
- The Thomas McGee Reardon, Sr. Sponsored Scholarship, established in 2011 by the Terry Reardon and Dan Reardon families, to honor their father, Thomas M., class of 1939. the purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to deserving students who are seeking undergraduate degrees at Rockhurst University. Recipients shall be enrolled full time and have demonstrated need for financial assistance.
- The St. John’s College, Belize Sponsored Fund was established to provide graduates of St. John’s College in Belize with the financial means to complete their undergraduate studies at Rockhurst University. Upon completion of their baccalaureate degree, they will return to Belize to help their fellow countrymen.
- The St. Louis ArchAngels Assistance Program, established in 2004 by a group of St. Louis Rockhurst alumni to assist St. Louis area students from low income families who are motivated to earn an undergraduate degree at Rockhurst, but lack the financial means to do so. Candidates are recommended by officials of their high schools. Candidates submit essays as part of the selection process.
- The Rosalie Tilles Fund provides full tuition assistance to young men and women who desire, but are not financially able, to attend college. Rockhurst University nominates one candidate and an alternate nominee each spring. Nominees must be incoming freshmen and reside within the City or County of St. Louis, Missouri. Nominees must demonstrate capability of maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a cumulative average of a 2.75 GPA each semester.
- The Visiting Nurse Association Scholarship was established in 2010 for Rockhurst University Occupational Therapy students interested in home health occupational therapy and who choose occupational therapy as a second career. Students who will enter into the second year of study in the MOT professional program and who are committed to serving in home health are invited to apply for two $2,000 scholarships.
- The Visiting Nurse Association Physical Therapy Scholarship was established in 2010 to assist non-traditional students in the Physical Therapy program at Rockhurst University. Qualified students are currently enrolled and in good standing in the PT program. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants who are pursuing a career change and who have a documented record of service, leadership and/or scholarship.
- The Suzanne Feld Zalk Scholarship provides tuition assistance to aid a worthy African-American student of high scholastic aptitude who otherwise would be unable to pursue studies at Rockhurst.
Endowments to Support the Rockhurst Community
Several special endowment programs have been established by friends of the University to provide a variety of support funds and services to faculty, staff, and students.
- Accounting Department DHS, established by Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells in 1988 to support the needs of the Accounting Department.
- The James F. Andrews Memorial Fund provides continuing support of the Department of Communications through the generosity of the family and friends of James F. Andrews and Andrews McMeel Universal.
- The Audley Family Fund was established to encourage an overall climate of service in the Jesuit tradition to colleagues through daily work, among the staff at Rockhurst. This fund seeks to recognize Rockhurst staff below the level of Deans and Vice Presidents who have demonstrated they conduct their work in a manner that accepts and reflects the dignity of each individual as uniquely gifted by God, especially in a manner that helps to develop the gifts of fellow staff and faculty. Thomas J. Audley served the University as Director of Admission from 1974 to 1990. Since 1990, Tom has been assisting people in making gifts to Rockhurst as Director of Gift Planning.
- Elizabeth Bonfils Tuition Grants for Essays on Child Labor encourage Rockhurst University’s undergraduate students to think about public policy issues related to national and international laws addressing issues of child labor.
- The Breen Endowment for Faculty Development, with a focus on understanding international finance, is a fund that provides a week-long experience for Helzberg School of Management faculty with business and government leaders in foreign countries.
- The Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholarship was established in 1987 by Daniel L. Brenner, longtime Regent and friend of Rockhurst, to support and recognize outstanding faculty.
- Daniel Brenner Student Leadership Award, established by the Estate of Daniel Brenner in 2003.
- The Richard and Jane Bruening Endowed Fund for the Arts presents an annual event in one of the following Rockhurst University’s programs: Musica Sacra, Visiting Scholars Lecture Series or Midwest Poets Series.
- The Center for Arts and Letters Endowment was created in 1996 to support the Center for Arts and Letters.
- The Center for Corporate Governance and Ethics through the Helzberg School of Management focuses on improving the quality of life for members of our community through the development of principled leaders. Consistent with Rockhurst’s mission of learning, leadership and service, the center embraces ideas such as strategic philanthropy, in which organizations respond to real community needs in a way that aligns with their organizational mission and is good for business.
- The James Emmet & Elizabeth Ann Monahan Student-Faculty Research Endowed Fund in Physics. An understanding of physical phenomena is essential in all fields of science; thus the study of physics seeks to provide science students with a competence and base of knowledge sufficient for their development as budding scientists. The purpose of the fund is to expand the horizons of everyone involved in physics at Rockhurst—faculty and students across the science division. The income from this perpetual endowed scholarship assists in funding student/faculty research programs focusing on physics at Rockhurst University.
- The Francis Chair in the Helzberg School of Management is used to recruit and retain top quality faculty in the Helzberg School of Management. Funding came from the Parker B. Francis III Foundation in the 1980s.
- The Rev. Joseph M. Freeman, S.J., Chair in Philosophy, established by Mrs. Robert C. Greenlease, honors her long-time friend and supports the study of philosophy, a hallmark of Jesuit education and the framework of liberal studies.
- The Rev. Joseph M. Freeman, S.J., Philosophy Fund, established by Mr. and Mrs. Byron G. Thompson to honor the Rev. Joseph M. Freeman, S.J., a member of the Rockhurst University faculty, whose years of teaching and friendship have influenced the lives of many people. The fund encourages the continued improvement of the Department of Philosophy by supporting faculty study, library holdings and expanded programs, but not for ordinary expenses of the department.
- The Greenlease Gallery Facility Upkeep Endowment was established through the generosity of Virginia Greenlease to support the needs of the Greenlease Gallery.
- Greenlease Library Fund, to support the Greenlease Library, affording additional holdings and equipment so that the library will continue as a center of learning for all disciplines. This permanent fund is maintained through gifts and through perpetual memberships in the Library Guild.
- Robert A. and Marion C. Haake Faculty Enrichment. Funds from this account assist Rockhurst in providing enrichment opportunities to assist faculty in developing exciting and creative learning environments that reinforce and enhance teaching and learning in the Jesuit tradition.
- The Joseph A. Hoskins Memorial Fund for Faculty Development, established in honor of this 1933 alumnus, charter member of the Regents, founder and chairman of the Gift and Bequest Council, 26-year Honorary Director, member of the President’s Roundtable, and dedicated leader in the advancement of Jesuit education.
- The Gregory C. Huger, S.J., Memorial Fund honors a 25-year professor of history, a Jesuit dedicated to instilling social responsibility and appreciation of mankind in his students and friends.
- The Ingrisano Library Fund was established in 2002 by Nancy and Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr. Mike, a 1948 alumnus, retired from the U.S. Customs Service in Washington, D.C. where he was Director of Public Relations. Mike is an author and has published books on WWII and the Civil War. The Ingrisano Library Fund provides resources that enhance the educational mission of Rockhurst University.
- The Jesuit Endowment for Rockhurst University was created in 1999.
- The Brian K. Jones Memorial HIV/AIDS Educational Fund was created in 1996 at Brian K. Jones’ request to provide continuing HIV and AIDS education at his alma mater, Rockhurst University, and in our surrounding community.
- The Rev. Wilfred L. LaCroix, S.J., Philosophy Fund is an endowed fund to benefit the continued improvement of faculty in the departments of philosophy and theology. The fund is named in honor of long time philosophy professor Father LaCroix through a gift arranged by his parents.
- Elaine Bourke Lally Fund for Teaching Humanities, an endowed fund for the support of teachers of humanities at Rockhurst University, has been established by Elaine Bourke Lally, a long-time friend of Rockhurst University. A monetary award will be given annually to one faculty member from the humanities area of Rockhurst to provide special opportunities to the faculty member.
- The Lally Family Tennis Fund was established in 2000 by Dr. and Mrs. James Lally and their son, Mark, to support the Rockhurst University’s tennis program.
- The Dr. Thomas Lyon and Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J. Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Tom Lyon and Fr. Nick Rashford, S.J. Awards shall be made at the discretion of the Dean of the Helzberg School of Management and in accordance with achieving HSOM’s mission and learning objectives. The funds are used to support teaching, case writing and faculty development.
- The McGee Chair, a gift of the Joseph and Anne McGee family to support an instructional development program for faculty designed to enhance teaching and learning. Workshops and teaching consultant assistance are available for skill development in interactive learning, using technology for learning, assigning and assessing student oral and written work, using case method teaching, and enhancing student listening skills.
- The McMeel Service-Learning/Faculty Development Endowment, the McMeel Family Faculty Institute on Service-Learning provides support to faculty to incorporate service-learning into their classes. The institute includes a course design workshop where participants develop a service-learning project that meets authentic community needs with academic learning outcomes. McMeel Family Faculty Institute participants contribute to servicelearning at Rockhurst through their engagement in compelling and stimulating communitybased learning experiences for students, and by disseminating knowledge to their colleagues.
- The George and Gladys Miller Chair in Business Administration, established by a wellknown Kansas City businessman and Rockhurst supporter, acknowledges the strong ties between the University and the business community while strengthening business management rooted in a liberal education.
- The Patricia Morgan Memorial Fund, to honor Patricia Morgan, one whose love of God and fellow men was exemplified in her life, for the purpose of supporting the teaching of philosophy and theology.
- The Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Resource Center funded by Georgeann Mulhern, longtime friend of the University, provides books, supplies, equipment and other resources to support the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Resource Center.
- The Paul Quigley Fund was established in memory of Paul J. Quigley, Rockhurst graduate and Honorary Director.
- The Rigby-Knickerbocker Faculty Development Fund, for development of faculty in the psychology and English departments, established in 1990 by the estate of Dr. Marilyn Rigby, beloved professor of psychology from 1960 to 1989. The fund is also named for her husband, M.R. Knickerbocker, professor of English from 1950 to 1988. Dr. Rigby contributed substantially to the development of the University’s psychology department. To many, students and faculty colleagues alike, she was also a wise and compassionate counselor. Both Dr. Rigby and Professor Knickerbocker were recipients of the Harry B. Kies Award for distinguished service. Over the years, gifts from faculty, family, and friends have increased this faculty development fund.
- Rockhurst University Faculty Development Fund, established to provide a continuing source of support to advance teaching skills and recognizing outstanding academic accomplishments of the University faculty.
- The Rossner Fund for Jesuit Development, named in honor of the Rev. William L. Rossner, S.J., professor of philosophy at the University from 1956 until his death in 1974. This fund regularly makes financial support available to members of the Jesuit community for research, special projects, and spiritual and educational endeavors.
- The Rossner Fund for the Library, established in honor of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Rossner to provide financial support for the Greenlease Library, primarily for the acquisition of philosophy and theology books.
- Rossner Fund for the Promotion of Religion, established by a bequest of Mrs. Blanche M. Rossner to provide a permanent trust fund to promote the intellectual, spiritual and religious development of the students, faculty and administration in the Roman Catholic faith.
- Dr. Jane Rues Distinguished Teacher Fellowship was established in 2008 to recognize Dr. Jane Rues’ 18 years of outstanding service to Rockhurst, as founder of the Occupational Therapy program in 1990, as Rockhurst University Teacher of the Year in 2007 and Jane’s lifelong commitment to teaching, learning and mentoring. This Fellowship recognizes individuals who are not only exemplary teachers, but those who also serve as an inspiration to other faculty to enrich their own teaching skills.
- The Rev. Paul O. Smith, S.J., Athletic Endowment Project was established in 1987 by Rockhurst in honor of the Rev. Paul O. Smith, S.J., longtime athletic director, to provide financial stability to athletic programs and to enhance and maintain our athletic facilities.
- The Reva Servoss Fund was established in 1996 to assist young women who, like Dr. Servoss, through desire and hard work, seek to appreciate and master the study of chemistry. As a professor of chemistry at Rockhurst for more than thirty years, Dr. Servoss served as a dedicated mentor to her students. Along with her years of teaching and mentoring, Dr. Servoss established this endowment as a legacy to be passed on to future generations.
- The John J. and Laura J. Sullivan Chair in Ethics was established by John J. Sullivan Jr. in honor of his parents. The purpose of the Chair is to promote ethics throughout the curriculum of Rockhurst University.
- The Technology Endowment Fund was established by the Golden Hawks, class of 1948.
- The Van Ackeren Appreciation Fund, established by the friends of the Rev. Maurice E. Van Ackeren, S.J., in recognition of his outstanding years of service as the ninth president of Rockhurst University. This permanent endowment provides a continuing source of funds to be used for faculty support and student assistance at Rockhurst.
- The Weiss Fund was established in 1987 by the estate of Therese Kreier to promote the Jesuit mission of Rockhurst University.
- The Barbara M. Wynne Memorial Award Fund, established by her family and friends who honor this 1980 summa cum laude graduate. The fund will provide continuing support of the Department of Biology where she earned her major degree, and honors outstanding students in biology.
- The Linda Z. Solomon, Ph.D., Memorial Award was established by family and friends to honor Dr. Solomon, whose life was devoted to helping people with neurological disorders recover their ability to communicate and maximize their quality of life. Dr. Solomon’s focus was to provide effective and compassionate care to patients and to train the next generation of practioners to do the same. This award supports one student each year with the financial means to attend the national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.