Dr. Bill Marion, Jr., First-Generation Scholarship Fund
The scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Bill Marion, Jr., who served as Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Valparaiso University for nearly 32 years. Dr. Bill Marion, Jr. passed in 2010 following a battle with cancer. During his tenure, Dr. Bill Marion, Jr., 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.
The goal of this scholarship is to promote student success and retention. The chosen recipient(s) shall be a full-time, undergraduate, domestic student who demonstrates financial need and who will be the first in their family to earn a four-year college degree. Preference is given to students who possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and exhibit leadership qualities and community/service involvement.
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 resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree would also be eligible.
The award amount shall be a minimum of $500-$1,000 per student per year. The number of awards and amount of each award will be determined by a committee chaired by the Director of Multicultural Programs in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid. The committee will consult with the Office of Financial Aid to be sure that the federal and University policies are met.
Timeline: Scholarship opens in October
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
In response to the John S. and James L. Knight challenge grant for diversity, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation of New York City has established a scholarship endowment fund for returning full-time undergraduate African-American and Hispanic/Latino students attending Valparaiso University.
The Hearst Foundation was established in 1945 by William Randolph Hearst. He built a media empire, which included the San Francisco Examiner and other newspapers, books, and magazine publications as well as television and radio broadcasting interests.
The Hearst Foundation continues to reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst — social welfare, education, health care, and culture. Priority areas include programs to aid poverty-level and minority groups; education programs, with emphasis on private secondary and higher education; health care and medical research; and publicly supported cultural programs affiliated with religious institutions.
Timeline: Scholarship opens in February
Lou Jeanne Walton Scholarship
Professor Walton served as a professor and chair of the Social Work department at Valparaiso University for nearly 35 years. During her tenure at VU, she was the chairperson for the social work department, a recipient of the O.P Kretzmann Award, and received numerous grant and research accolades. She was also the first Black woman to get tenure at VU, was an advisor to the Black Student Organization (BSO), and advisor to several students that graduated from social work.
The Professor Lou Jeanne Walton Scholarship reflects Professor Walton’s commitment to making Valparaiso University and the greater Valparaiso community an equitable place for all people. This scholarship program is available to full-time, entering freshmen of African-American, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American, Asian-American, or other underrepresented ethnic groups that major in the social sciences (Anthropology, History, Social Work, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, and Sociology). Students applying should have completed high school, been accepted to Valparaiso University, and have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.