Nov 18, 2018  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Endowments and Scholarships



Endowed Scholarships

Generous friends have made gifts and bequests to establish the following permanent scholarship funds, providing stability of income for student tuition assistance.

  • The Agnello Family Scholarship, created by Joe and Liz Agnello to assist full-time undergraduate students from the Kansas City area with financial need. Preference to have scholarship given to the same student freshman-senior year, interested in studying in the Helzberg School of Management.
  • The Andrews Endowed Scholarship, established in 2003 by Kathleen W. Andrews to assist full-time undergraduate students with need of financial assistance.
  • The Paul D. Arend Scholarship, created through the estate of Paul Arend, who was associated with Rockhurst for more than 35 years as a student, teacher of economics and Registrar. Mr. Arend believed strongly in a Catholic education. Although Mr. Arend did not have children of his own, he devoted over 50 years to the Boy Scouts of America as scoutmaster. Open to fulltime undergraduate students.
  • The Athletic Assistants’ Scholarship, established by members of the Rockhurst University Athletic Hall of Fame to provide tuition assistance to students who act in a supportive role to an athletic team and who contribute in some significant way to athletics at Rockhurst University. The scholarship recognizes that students can participate in the Rockhurst athletic program without competing on an athletic field.
  • The Ronald Virgil Bartels Scholarship, established in 2000 by Monica Bartels, sister of 1963 Rockhurst alumnus, Ronald Bartels, for deserving Rockhurst University students.
  • Susan and Gary Belske Scholarship, established by Gary and Susan Belske in 2016, this scholarship will be awarded to full-time undergraduate students who graduated from the Kansas City, Kansas Public School System, with preference granted to graduates of Washington High School in Kanas City, Kansas. Additional consideration will be given to students that have participated to College MAP and/or College for Every Student. Students may pursue any accredited major at Rockhurst. If multiple students qualify, preference is given to students pursuing studies in business.

  • The Edward and Margaret Bessenbacher Scholarship, established by Jim Bessenbacher and his sister, Helen, in honor of their parents, Edward and Margaret, for students who meet the requirements for admission to Rockhurst.
  • The Edward L. Biersmith III Scholarship, founded by Edward L. Biersmith III, ‘63 and his mother, Helen Kramer Biersmith, for students majoring in philosophy. Recipients must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in courses in theology and philosophy.
  • The Black Alumni Club Scholarship, established in 1998 by the Rockhurst Black Alumni Club and endowed in 1999 by the Rockhurst Alumni Association for deserving African-American students.
  • The Louis H. Borserine, Jr. Scholarship, established in memory of Louis Borserine, Jr., a Rockhurst alumnus and benefactor, by his wife, Kathleen and his brother, Edwin. Open to fulltime undergraduate students.
  • The Dr. Joseph F. Bredeck Memorial Scholarship, founded by his family to honor a distinguished health commissioner of St. Louis, Missouri, 1933-1948. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The John W. Breidenthal Memorial Scholarship, established by Mrs. John W. Breidenthal in memory of her husband, a Kansas banker and civic leader, to provide financial assistance to help students achieve a college education. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Joseph G. and Linda Buehler Scholarship, founded by the family in 2001 in appreciation of Rockhurst University. Preference is given to full-time students with outstanding academic potential who demonstrate need for financial assistance.
  • The James E. Burke Scholarship, founded by the family of James E. Burke in 1982 to honor him. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Mary Therese Byrne Puchi and Dr. Joseph B. Byrne, Sr. Scholarship Fund, established by family and friends of Mary Therese Byrne Puchi, including Dr. Joseph B. Byrne ‘37 (father), Katherine Byrne (mother), Edmundo Puchi (husband), and Eddie and Katherine Puchi (children). The scholarship is awarded to young women on the basis of academic accomplishment.
  • The George B. Byrnes Scholarship, established by George B. Byrnes, former Rockhurst student, in appreciation of the support that was given him by the Jesuits and his classmates during the Depression years. The scholarship is awarded to students with financial need who are interested in extra-curricular activities, with preference to those with physical conditions that may impair their ability to work in support of their tuition requirements.
  • The Charles Family Scholarship, established in 2002 by Dan Charles, class of 1988, and Mary Brady Charles, class of 1989, to assist deserving students at Rockhurst University.
  • The Herbert and Maxine Christensen Scholarship, created by a bequest from Mr. Herbert Christensen in 2001. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The St. Peter Claver Scholarship, established in 2006 by the friends, family and colleagues of Fr. Edward Kinerk, S.J., 13th president of Rockhurst University, in recognition of his unselfish devotion to the students of the University. At the request of Fr. Kinerk, the scholarship bears the name of St. Peter Claver, a 17th century Jesuit who devoted his life to the poor and oppressed. This scholarship is to be awarded to  entering undergraduate students who show significant financial need.
  • The Virginia L. Coleman Endowed Scholarship, 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 Clarice M. Colson Scholarship, established as an endowed fund in 2011 by John Colson to pay tribute to his mother. This scholarship benefits deserving students from the Kansas City Metro-area schools who might otherwise be unable to attend Rockhurst University. 

  • The John and Helen Costello Scholarship for Humanities, this scholarship was established by John and Helen Costello along with the Stanley Durwood Foundation match for Humanities.  Recipients must meet regular admission requirements and procedures of the University and must be enrolled as a full-time student. Recipient must have a documented learning disability and the documentation must be with Access Services.  Scholarship shall be awarded to student(s) majoring in the Humanities (currently the studies of English, Modern Languages, History or Communications/Fine Arts).

  • The Louetta M. Cowden Scholarship, established in memory of Louetta M. Cowden by the trustees of the Louetta M. Cowden Foundation. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Critical Investments Scholarship Program, established in 1995 to provide educational assistance for non-traditional women students (over the age of 24) who have experienced disadvantages in the pursuit of their education. Undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Services are invited to apply for awards from this fund along with other undergraduates enrolled at Rockhurst University.
  • The Vincent P. Dasta, Sr. Scholarship, established by Vince Dasta, Jr., in honor of his father, to assist full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate need of financial assistance.
  • The Ilus W. Davis Fund, initiated through gifts of Ilus W. Davis, former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, and member of Rockhurst’s Board of Trustees and Regents. Open to fulltime undergraduate students.
  • The Denzer Family Scholarship, established to provide tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to complete their undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. The Denzer Scholarship is to be awarded to students in their junior and/or senior year who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in accounting, economics, or finance.
  • The Francis McDonnell Dierks and Margaret Muser Dierks Scholarship, funded by a bequest of Francis McDonnell Dierks, an alumnus, and by gifts of his wife, Margaret Muser Dierks, in support of deserving Rockhurst students. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Gary Dierks Family Scholarship, established in 2004 by Gary A. Dierks, a 1990 Rockhurst alumnus. The scholarship assists students from the St. Louis metropolitan area who graduate from Catholic High Schools and whose declared major is business administration, accounting, finance or economics. Recipients will be enrolled full time and demonstrate significant financial need. Preference given to students who graduate from St. Pius X High School.
  • The Alfred J. and Helene M. Dill Scholarship, established by the bequest of Mrs. Helene Dill in 2001. The fund provides a deserving full-time student enrolled at Rockhurst University with tuition assistance. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Joseph and Catherine Donnelly Scholarship, established in 2003 by Michael F. Donnelly, class of 1963, to honor the memory of his parents. The scholarship will assist worthy students attending Rockhurst University who demonstrate significant financial need.
  • The Lorrene LaForge Downs Scholarship, established December of 2013 in memory of Lorrene LaForge Downs. Recipients shall be enrolled full-time and in their junior and/or senior year of study. Scholarships shall first be awrded to female students pursuing a career in a health-related field; if no students fit this criterion scholarships shall be awarded to female students outside of health-related fields.
  • The William C. Doyle Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Rev. William C. Doyle, S.J., whose dedication and deep concern for others were an example to students and faculty for 45 years as a professor of mathematics and physics. The fund assists deserving mathematics and physics majors.
  • The Duncan Family Scholarhip, established to honor the Duncan family and provide tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to complete their undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. Awarded to juniors and seniors who are majoring in a liberal arts or science program, who demonstrate need for financial assistance and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.9 or better. Recipients must be enrolled full time. If recipients are juniors, they must reside in campus housing. Preference is given to descendents of Naomi I. Long and Linda I. Duncan in awarding the scholarship.
  • The Charles L. and Carol E. Dunlap Scholarship, established in 2006 to provide tuition assistance for students who might not otherwise be able to complete their undergraduate degrees at Rockhurst University. Mr. Dunlap, Class of 1965, was active in leadership roles in student government and was a member of the NAIA National Championship Basketball team. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The J. Ernest Dunn, Sr., Memorial Fund, founded by Mrs. Rose Dunn to honor her husband, a charter member of the Rockhurst Regents. Provides financial assistance to worthy students, with special consideration given to Latino-American students.
  • The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Endowed Scholarship,  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 and criteria for academic scholarships and be enrolled as full-time students.
  • The Donna Edell Scholarship, established by her husband, Jack Shumway, for students working in the field of natural sciences, demonstrating financial need and without restriction to academic merit.
  • Fendler Family Scholarship, established in 2015 by Kermit J. and Mary E. Fendler. The Fendler Family Scholarship will be assigned by University’s Office of Financial Aid. Recipient must be a graduate of the Cristo Rey Network, preferably outside the Kansas City network. The successful recipient(s) must meet the regular admission requirements and be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student and will be required to live on campus at least during his/her freshman and sophomore years. They must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 from high school and will meet with the Associate Dean of Students on a regular basis to address academic and/or non-academic concerns to ensure care of the whole person. Renewal of the scholarship will be allowed as long as the recipients GPA is at least a 2.5 and will have performed at least ten hours of community service per year at the University.

  • The Arthur A. Forster Scholarship, established by Arthur A. Forster, member of the first graduating class of Rockhurst. The scholarship will assist students who are academically qualified and who have need of financial assistance.

  • The Rev. Joseph M. Freeman, S.J., Scholarship, established by (Ret.) Col. Martin J. and Lilyan Flaherty in 2001 to honor the Rev. Joseph M. Freeman, S.J., a long-time professor at Rockhurst University. Preference is given to honorably discharged veterans of a U.S. military service branch or individuals still serving in the U.S. military, National Guard, or Reserves, without regard to need or academic status, who have families to support.
  • The Genevieve Geiger Nursing Scholarship, established in 1999 by a bequest of Ms. Geiger. This fund supports pre-nursing and nursing students at Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing.
  • The R. McRae “Mac” Geschwind Scholarship Fund, established in 2000 by Mr. R. McRae Geschwind, class of 1963, member of the Board of Regents and the Heritage Society at Rockhurst University, for deserving full-time undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need. “Mac” was involved in student government, campus media and campus theatre. Geschwind Scholars will have a sound academic record and extraordinary involvement in school and community. Recipients will be expected to exemplify “Learning, Leadership and Service in the Jesuit Tradition.” Preference given to nieces or nephews of R. McRae or Elaine Geschwind.
  • The Dr. Don E. Gibbs Memorial Research Scholarship Fund,  established in 2008 by his wife Linda Gibbs, family, friends and colleagues as a fitting way to honor the exemplary life and service of Dr. Gibbs. Don Gibbs was a consummate teacher of chemistry, the Bible and life, beloved by all who knew him. Students majoring in the Division of Natural, Applied and Quantitative Sciences and conducting science research while enrolled at Rockhurst University are eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • The Dr. Joseph P. Glas Scholarship, established in 1994 by Dr. Joseph P. Glas, class of 1960, for declared biology, chemistry or physics majors with demonstrated financial need.
  • The Jim and Judy Gleeson Family Scholarship, established by Jim and Judy Gleeson to assist existing students (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) who have experienced a financial emergency that may be a barrier to completing their education at Rockhurst. Renewal of the scholarship may be permitted at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.
  • The Mary Agnes Goeke Scholarship, established in 2001, to assist hard working young women and men in obtaining a Catholic education at Rockhurst University. Open to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate need for financial assistance.
  • The Golden Hawks Scholarship, created by Rockhurst alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The scholarship aids students who encounter financial difficulties while enrolled at Rockhurst. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Golden Hawks Class of 1958 Scholarship, established by the 1958 Golden Hawks on the occasion of their 50-year reunion in 2008. 1958 Golden Hawks Scholars are high school or transfer students who are enrolled full-time, demonstrate need for financial assistance and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Letters to Golden Hawks, Class of 1958.
  • The Golden Hawks Class of 1964 Scholarship, established in May of 2014, this scholarship is offered to a full-time incoming freshman demonstrating financial need. Preference is giving to first generation college student. Preference is also given to a student athlete. Recipient must maintain a min GPA of 2.5.
  • The Golden Hawks Class of 1965 Scholarship, established by the Golden Hawks Class of 1965 in conjunction with the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation match for Humanities.  This scholarship is to be awarded to students who hold positions in one of the following campus organizations: Non-paid Senate Executive Board member, non-paid Student Activities Board Executive Board member, student orientation leader, Fraternity or Sorority Executive Board member, Campus Ministry Leader, or a Social Mentor can receive the scholarship.  These students must also have declared a Humanities major (English, Modern Language, Communication, Fine Arts and History).

  • The Golden Hawks Class of 1966 Scholarship, this scholarship was established by the Golden Hawks Class of 1966 along with the Stanley Durwood Foundation match for Humanities.  Recipients must meet regular admission requirements and procedures of the University and must be enrolled as a full-time student.  Scholarship shall be awarded to student(s) majoring in the Humanities (currently the studies of English, Modern Languages, History or Communications/Fine Arts) and must hold a GPA of 2.75.

  • Goppert Foundation Endowed Scholarship for the Humanities, this scholarship was established in 2015 by the Goppert Foundation to support Humanities at Rockhurst University. Available to full-time undergraduate students desiring to major in an area within the Humanities Division. Scholarship is renewable based upon maintenance of a 3.0 GPA.

  • The Goppert Scholarship Fund, established by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. Goppert and the Goppert Foundation to provide assistance to students demonstrating significant financial need. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Gordon, Killiger and Tallman Memorial Scholarship, established in 2007 to honor Norman P. Gordon, John G. Killiger, Jr. and Francis J. Tallman. This scholarship will assist deserving students.
  • The Ralph L. Gray Memorial Scholarship, established by Anna Gray, wife of Ralph L. Gray, in honor of his 41-year membership in, and presidency of, the Honorary Directors Association, his membership in Regents, and his work as a civic leader and former chairman of Armco Steel. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Michael J. Hardy Memorial Scholarship, established by friends and family to honor the memory of Mike Hardy, a Rockhurst University student and rugby team member. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Mary Halbur Hawver Endowed Scholarship, established by Dr. William Hawver, with his sons John and Thomas Hawver, in honor of his wife and their mother, Mary. Inspired by Mary’s passion for mathematics, awards shall be made with a preference given to students who have expressed an academic interest in mathematics or have declared mathematics to be their major area of study.
  • The John and Gene Hayes Scholarship, established in 1999 to assist deserving students at Rockhurst University. Recipients will be fulltime undergraduates who have demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference is given to students from ethnic or racial minority backgrounds and may be first-generation college attendees.
  • The William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, established in 1984 by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to assist deserving Rockhurst students. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Thomas F. Heitlinger Scholarship, established in 1998 by Louis J. Heitlinger in honor of his brother Thomas, who died at a young age. This scholarship supports English majors with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 who demonstrate financial need.
  • The Anthony J. Heydon Memorial Scholarship, established by his wife, Ivah, and friends to honor the memory of Anthony J. Heydon, investment banker and Honorary Director. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Mark B. and Patrick M. Higgins Memorial Fund provides grants to worthy students with particular consideration given to members of Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity. Established by the family of Mark B. and Patrick M. Higgins.
  • The Lloyd and Sue Ann Hill Scholarship, established in 2006 to provide tuition assistance to deserving students. Mr. Hill earned his Rockhurst M.B.A. in 1985 and is a former member of the Rockhurst University Board of Trustees. This scholarship is open to academically qualified full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Robert F. Hoefer Memorial Fund honors Robert F. Hoefer, 1953 alumnus and Trustee, and provides financial assistance to students with special consideration given to those interested in finance or business administration.
  • The Honorary Directors Association Scholarships, provided through the perpetual memberships of more than 320 persons in their own names or as memorials to former directors. Established in 1931. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
    • Honorary Directors Rod J. Cyr Fund, created in 1998 by Roderick J. Cyr, a member of the Honorary Directors Association.
    • Honorary Directors Jerome Patrick Dobel Fund, established in 2002 by his family, to pay tribute to his life and to affirm the values and priorities that guided him in all that he did.
    • Honorary Directors Daniel Haake Fund, established in 2001 by Daniel Haake, a 1973 alumnus and member of the Honorary Directors Association.
    • Honorary Directors Barnett Helzberg Fund, established by Barnett and Shirley Helzberg in 1999.
    • Honorary Directors Al and Mary Helen Kleinman Fund, established in 2003 by Michael and Patricia Kleinman, to honor his parents, Al and Mary Helen Kleinman. In 2015 Michael Kleinman added to the fund and changed the criteria for the scholarship to be used to support a Rockhurst University student who is majoring in English.
    • Honorary Directors John A. Magers Fund, created by John Magers, a 1940 alumnus and member of the Honorary Directors Association.
    • Honorary Directors Ruth H. O’Neil Fund, established in 1999 to assist worthy young persons who might not otherwise be able to attend Rockhurst University.
    • Honorary Directors Leonora M. Seck Fund, established in 2002 by James and Lawrence Seck in loving memory of their mother.
  • The J. Frank Hudson Memorial Scholarship,
    established by Mrs. J. Frank Hudson in honor of her husband, the first chairman of Rockhurst Regents and the chairman of the University’s first major fund drive. The scholarship assists students interested in business careers.
  • The Josephine Hudson Scholarship, funded by Josephine Hudson, charter member of the Library Guild, member of Honorary Directors Association and former Rockhurst Regent. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Thomas Francis Imbs Scholarships, established by the family of Thomas Francis Imbs in memory of the father of Rev. Robert Imbs, S.J., a member of the Rockhurst Jesuit community. Father Imbs was professor of history and political science for 28 years, coach of the Rockhurst Debate Team and founder of the Rockhurst Discussion Club. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Iseman Family Sponsored Scholarship, established in 2011 to assist deserving students who demonstrate their commitment to the Catholic faith by their engagement at their home parish, involvement with activities and programs sponsored by Campus Ministry at Rockhurst University or by enrolling in a course sponsored by the Thomas More Center for the Study of Catholic Thought and Culture.  Recipients will be full-time, academically qualified undergraduate students who have need for tuition assistance in order to earn a Rockhurst degree.

  • The Jesuit Community Scholarship Fund assists needy students with preference given to minority students.
  • The Sandra E. Jiles Scholarship, established in 2004 by Sandra E. Jiles, class of 1993. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to African-American female students who would not otherwise be able to attend Rockhurst. The scholarship will be awarded to junior or senior students majoring in accounting who demonstrate significant financial need.
  • The Lois H. Keller Endowed Scholarship, established in 2003 by the estate of Lois H. Keller, one of two women who graduated from Rockhurst University in 1967. Open to fulltime undergraduate students.
  • The Leo J. Kelley Memorial Scholarship, established in 1991 for students with demonstrated financial need. Preference given to student athletes.
  • The Mr. and Mrs. Simon C. Kelly Memorial Scholarship, funded by a bequest of Agnes C. Kelly in recognition of her nephew, the Rev.Francis J. Carey, S.J., and honoring Mrs. Simon C. Kelly. Preference given to relatives of members of the Jesuit community at Rockhurst University; to relatives of members of the Jesuit community at Rockhurst High School; to relatives of members of the Missouri Province Jesuits; and, finally, to relatives of any Jesuit. Recipients must be full-time students.
  • The Dr. Samuel L. Kennedy Scholarship, established in 2005 to honor “Doc K” who served as the Faculty Moderator of the Sigma Alpha Episilon Chapter from 1972 to 1987. “Doc K” touched the lives of countless SAE’s, as well as other students. Recipients will be members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Rockhurst who are enrolled full time and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  • The Harry B. Kies Memorial Scholarship, established by the family of Harry B. Kies and by Rockhurst faculty and students. Harry B. Kies co-founded the Institute of Social Order and taught history at Rockhurst for 42 years. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • 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 Tori M. Kos Endowed Scholarship, established by Dr. Edward S. Kos in 2016 in memory of his wife Victoria (Tori) M. Kos. Recipients of this scholarship must be enrolled full-time in their junior or senior year studying Education or Mathematics. Preference given to students who have expressed an academic interest in teaching mathematics in an elementary school setting.
  • 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 A. Long 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 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.
  • Magis Scholarship Fund, established to provide tuition assistance to deserving students who are seeking undergraduate degrees in business at Rockhurst University who are from the St. Louis metropolitan area.
  • The Robert J. Malley, Sr. Endowed Scholarship, established with gratitude for the education he received at Rockhurst, Mr. Malley’s intention is to assist deserving students who plan to career in industrial applications of Chemistry.  Eligible students will have demonstrated significant financial need.
  • 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 Matthew McCullough Scholarship, originally this scholarship was called the George and Mary McCullough and Ray and Lillian Enright Scholarship established in 2005 by Thomas A. McCullough to honor his and his wife’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCullough changed the name of the scholarship in memory of their son Matthew in 2017. 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. Matthew McCullough 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 E. Cleary Miller Scholarship for English, established by Patricia to support Rockhurst students majoring in English.
  • The Patricia E. Cleary Miller Scholarship for French, established by Patricia to support Rockhurst students majoring in French.

  • The Patricia E. Cleary Miller Scholarship for History, established by Patricia to support Rockhurst students majoring in History.

  • The Patricia E. Cleary Miller Scholarship for the Humanities, established by Patricia to support Rockhurst students majoring in the Humanities.

  • 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 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 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 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 Rice/Boeding Scholarship Fund, established in November 2014. This scholarship supports students interested in community service/emergency service careers.
  • 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 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, 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 Reva Servoss Scholarship 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 Reva Servoss Scholarship, established in 2007 to assist female chemistry majors.

  • 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.
  • Richard J. Stern Endowed Scholarship for the Arts Fund, this endowment was established by the Richard J. Stern Foundation and is awarded by the Department of English. The scholarship shall be awarded to one student who meets regular admission requirements and procedure of the university. Student must be a full-time student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Writing Track, with a preference given to a student pursuing a minor in Fine Arts (visual arts, theatre or music). If there is not a student who meets the requirements of this preference, then the scholarship shall be awarded to an otherwise qualified student majoring in English: Writing Track.

  • 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 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.
  • Vontz Family Endowed Scholarship, established in 2015 by Gary and Bonnie Vontz in conjunction with the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation match for Humanities. The awards will be assigned by the Department of English. Recipients shall meet the regular admission requirements and procedures of the University. They must be enrolled as a full-time junior or senior majoring in English.

  • 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 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 Stephen West Scholarship, this Endowed scholarship was created in memory of Stephen M. West, Class of 2011, who died in a tragic car accident within a month of graduating from Rockhurst University. This endowment continues to be supported by the Stephen M. West Memorial Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri. The scholarship award is open to full-time undergraduate students. Preference given to students from the St. Louis area, CBC High School graduate or South City Catholic Academy (formerly St. Joan of Arc).

  • The Rev. James Wheeler, S.J., Endowed Scholarship, 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 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.
  • The Joe and Shirley Zanaboni Family Scholarship, established in 2015 by Paul and Ann Zanaboni in conjunction with the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation match for Humanities. This scholarship is available for full-time students studying in one of the Humanities majors (currently the study of Theology, Philosophy, English, Languages, Sociology, History or Communications). Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 and perform at least ten hours of community service per year at the University (documented by the Office of Service Learning).

Sponsored Scholarships

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 Frank and Nassoum Boutross Family Memorial Scholarship, established by the estate of William Boutross in 1987 to honor Frank and Nassoum Boutross and their children: Abraham, Joseph, William, Harry, Adele, and Labebe. Open to full-time undergraduate students.
  • The Callegari Scholarship in honor of Professor John Koelzer, established in May of 2014 to help full-time RU students in their junior and/or senior year of study, who are pursuing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.

  • 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 Nancy Creasy Scholarship Fund, established by Nancy Creasy June 2015.  Recipients shall meet the regular admission requirements and procedures of the university.  Recipients shall be enrolled full-time and in their junior or senior year of study.  Students must be majoring in any program of the Helzberg School of Management with either a second major or a minor in the Humanities (currently the study of Theology, Philosophy, English, Languages, Sociology, History or Communications).  Recipients shall have completed at least 10 hours of community service per year at the University as documented by the Office of Service Learning. 
  • The Mark and Karen Deuel Scholarship, this sponsored scholarship was started in 2014 by Mark and Karen Deuel to assist deserving student in need of financial assistance who are pursuing any undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. The purpose is to provide two scholarships valued at $1,000 per semester. Recipients are encouraged to meet with scholarship benefactors as requested.

  • The Terri Greenwell Scholarship Fund, established by Terri Greenwell in 2016.  This scholarship will assist students who are single mothers raising at least one child.  Statistics show that many single mothers live at or below the poverty level, however, those with at least a bachelor’s degree are five times less likely to find themselves in financial trouble.  As a single parent herself, Terri raised two children while attending Rockhurst University.  When she graduated in 1984, she saw firsthand how her degree opened her career up and brought new opportunities to her.  Terri went on to have long careers in management with both AT&T and Sprint.  She created this scholarship to give back and to help hardworking single mothers obtain the career opportunities only a college degree will provide.  This scholarship is open to students in all of our degree programs.

  • The William J. Haggerty Scholarship, the William J. Haggerty Foundation established the William J. Haggerty Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance specifically to students from the greater Kansas City area.
  • The Mark and Margaret Harris ‘73 Sponsored Scholarship.This fund will support one student per year with very high financial need. The student must be a full-time declared accounting major and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Renewal of this scholarship is preferred.
  • 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 Hummel Family Scholarship, the Hummel Family Scholarship Program was established by the Hummel Family Foundation in 2017. The purpose of this program is to provide substantial scholarship gifts to qualified students who may otherwise be unable to attend a university on a full-time basis. The Hummel family’s vision is for their gifts to enable students with significant financial need to obtain the career opportunities that only a university degree will provide.
  • 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 Richard M. Ong Sponsored Academic Scholarship, this scholarship was established by Richard M. Ong class of 1957. The Ong Scholarship will be assigned by the Financial Aid department and will be awarded to high school graduates or transfer students who have been admitted and are registered as full-time undergraduate students. Recipient shall demonstrate financial need and must have a GPA of 3.0 from prior institution.
  • The David K. Richards Scholarship, established by Dave Richards for full-time junior or senior pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and have demonstrated an academic interest in the study of accounting and/or finance with personal goals that are unrelated to the pursuit of a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • St. Francis of Assisi Scholarship Fund, established by Susan DeAnn Lehigh to award full-time students of Rockhurst University, in any major area of study.  Recipients shall be students who have financial need, but do not qualify for extensive traditional financial aid, and yet possess academic talent, community service and leadership.  Preference given to students who are Arkansas residents upon their admission to the University.

  • 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.

 

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.

  • 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 in Communication, 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 Muller Family Endowment for Catholic Studies, in support of the Catholic Studies program at Rockhurst University this endowment will offer course development grants to faculty members to fund the development of new Catholic curriculum throughout all of our academic programs. This endowed fund is a gift from Cleo and Yvonne Muller inspired by their Catholic faith and their passion for Jesuit education.
  • 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 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.