Dr. Bill Marion First-Generation Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Bill Marion First-Generation Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 by the Office of Multicultural Programs and a group of faculty, staff, and students at Valpo. The scholarship was also endorsed by the Diversity Concerns Committee. The goal of this scholarship is to promote student success and retention by assisting full-time, undergraduate, first-generation college students, who demonstrate financial need, to achieve their educational dreams. A student is considered “first generation” if neither of the student’s parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student who regularly lived with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree would also be eligible. Scholarship recipients are asked to give back by serving as mentors for the Office of Multicultural Programs’ SMART Scholars Mentoring Program. Recipients are also expected to serve in their communities, after graduation, as volunteers, activists or community leaders. The scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Bill Marion, who served as Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Valparaiso University for nearly 32 years. Marion passed away in 2010 following a battle with cancer. During his tenure, Marion was passionate about and committed to supporting diversity, peace and social justice, and in improving the racial climate at our University and the surrounding community. He helped establish the Study Circle on Race Relations program, and served on numerous committees, such as chairing the Gender Equity Ad Hoc committee for Athletics, Faculty Concerns Committee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, Peace and Social Justice Symposium, and Strategic Planning Committee. He was an active and strong supporter of the Office of Multicultural Programs and was a recipient of the 2003 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his significant and sustained contributions toward improving human relations. The Dr. Bill Marion First-Generation Scholarship Fund reflects Marion’s commitment and “… his dedication, his spirit, and his enduring desire to make this University and the greater community, a better place.” (Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler)

Award Amount:    $500 to $1,000+ (one-time, non-renewable scholarship)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time undergraduate student at Valparaiso University;                                                                                                    
  • First-generation college student (Neither parents have a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher);                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 when applying;                                                              
  • Demonstrate financial need (verified by the Office of Financial Aid through FAFSA forms);                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Exhibit leadership qualities and community/service involvement;          

General Information:   Application packets are available through the Office of Multicultural Programs, which is located in the Gandhi-King Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, Harre Union (Second Floor, Suite 203). Phone: 219-464-6769. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee in early November. Recipients will be notified of the committee’s decision on or by November 30, 2014. (2nd Floor, Suite 203). Ph: 219-464-6769. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee in early November.  Recipients will be notified of the committee’s decision on or by November 30, 2014.             

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF COMPLETED APPLICATIONS:  October 31, 2014

For assistance, contact the Office of Multicultural Programs, Gandhi-King Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, Harre Union, Second floor, Suite 203. Phone: 219-464-6769; Email: Joanne.Bowker@valpo.edu