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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 Megan Lynn Barnett Scholarship, this scholarship is named in memory of Megan Barnett, a student in the PT class of 2008, before her untimely death in December 2006. As a student, Megan demonstrated remarkable growth in knowledge, self-confidence and all aspects of professional behavior. This scholarship is awarded annually to a 2nd year DPT student who meets the qualifications and who can articulate a similar growth while enrolled as a student in the PT program.
  • The Graham Davis Memorial Scholarship, created in memory of Graham Davis, an ‘88 MBA graduate and PT student at the time of his death. The scholarship is for non-traditional students (those over the age of 24) enrolled in the Physical Therapy Program. Students must submit a completed application to the Chair of the Physical Therapy Department by October 1 of each year.
  • The Teresa Hastings LaManno Scholarship, established by Mr. Thomas Hastings in memory of his sister, Teresa. Terri gracefully balanced school with parenting and caregiving. To honor her determination, this scholarship will offer the full annual allocation to one Occupational Therapy student who either is a parent or a caregiver to a loved one.


  • The Thomas L. Lyon Ph.D. Scholarship, established by the family and friends of Dr. Lyon. This scholarship is intended to support an EMBA student working for a not-for-profit organization. If no students fit such criteria, or if the EMBA is no longer in place, the scholarship will be awarded to a Rockhurst University undergraduate student entering the Rockhurst MBA program and exhibiting financial need.
  • 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 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.

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 Ed Fornadel Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by the 2016 Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) class in memory of their classmate Ed Fornadel. Recipients shall be EMBA students in good standing with the University who have successfully completed the first year of the program. Recipients must have a personal financial obligation to pay tuition, and must not have full tuition stipends through their employers or other outside organizations. Recipients with partial stipends through their employers or other outside organizations are eligible to receive an award, but only up to the amount of their personal obligation to the University to pay tuition.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association Occupational Therapy Scholarship was established in 2010 to assist non-traditional students in the Occupational Therapy program at Rockhurst University. Qualified students are currently enrolled and in good standing in the OT 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 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.

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 Arts Endowment 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 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 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 Hall Family Chair - Helzberg School of Management,   used to recruit and retain top quality faculty in the Helzberg School of Management. 
  • 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 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 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 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.