Our alumni, parents and friends are making college possible for many Shawnee State students. Scholarships change lives. Our named scholarships also honor family members and advance academic areas. We thank all those who are making a difference through the following scholarships.
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Allied Health Scholarship
Created by American Savings Bank, the scholarship was created for employees and/or their children or grandchildren.
American Savings Bank Scholarship
Established during the “Poised for Tomorrow” campaign by American Savings Bank, the scholarship fund was created for those who are employees, or children or grandchildren of employees.
Appleton Family Scholarship
Created by Ada Appleton to help students with financial needs and to give back to the community that helped make Donald’s, her husband, medical practice possible.
Arthur & Helen Lynn Family Scholarship
Created by Arthur D. Lynn and Margaret Lynn Koegle, in memory of their parents, Arthur Delbert and Helen Willis Lynn. The scholarship awards students pursuing a degree in law or medicine
Arthur W. & Anne Carson Hossman Scholarship
Created by Anne Hossman to honor her husband, to provide financial aid for students and to support growth of SSU.
Barnes & Noble Textbooks Scholarship
Created by Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore to award annual textbook scholarships to students.
Bear Completion Grant Scholarship
Created to help students who are close to completing a degree overcome financial hurdles that may be keeping them from reaching their goals.
Betty C. Edwards Nursing Scholarship
Created in memory of Betty, by sons Eddie and Joe Edwards, to provide assistance and support for meritorious nursing students.
Centrus Energy Corp. American Centrifuge Plant Educational Partnership Scholarship
Created by Centrus Energy Corp. American Centrifuge Plant to award current employees or their immediate family members to pursue an undergraduate degree.
Charles M. & Nettie M. Howland Scholarship
Created by Imogene Howland to assist students majoring in paralegal or legal assisting.
Coll & Byrne Scholarship
Created by retired faculty members, Drs. Julia Coll and Frank Byrne, the scholarship awards students traveling abroad with demonstrated excellence in foreign language.
Courtney Erin Todt Memorial Scholarship
Created by the Courtney Todt Lung Transplant Fund of Wesley United Methodist Church to honor Courtney Todt and awards students pursuing professions with positive impact on children.
Covert Family Scholarship
The scholarship honors three generations of the Covert Family and serves to give back to the community to help others achieve their potential, particularly in the performing arts.
Dale Maggard Memorial Scholarship
Created in memory of Dale Maggard to help former student athletes who have exhausted their athletic scholarships but are within three quarters to graduation.
David G. Besco Memorial Scholarship
Created by bequest of Zella H. Besco, mother of David, the scholarship awards students majoring in Education with a concentration in Math.
Dr. George & Sandy White Veterans Scholarship
Established by Dr. George and Sandy White in 2017 to support full-time SSU freshman students who are veteran, or the immediate family or decedent of Vietnam War-era veterans.
Dr. Hagop Pambookian Scholarship
Created by Dr. Hagop S. Pambookian, Emeritus Professor of Psychology.
Dr. J.R. Boynton Scholarship
Created by Kay Boynton Reynolds and family and friends to preserve the memory of Dr. Boynton, long-time Scioto County veterinarian.
Dr. James Barbar Honors Poetry Scholarship
Created in honor of Dr. James Barbar, uncle of Dr. Thomas Khoury, for all of his contributions through original works of poetry.
Dr. John Walker Allied Health Scholarship
Created by Dr. John Walker and Mrs. Linda Walker to honor teachers they deeply respected and awardes graduates of Portsmouth West High school pursuing a health sciences or natural sciences degree.
Dr. Rita Morris Completion Scholarship
Created by SSU’s Board of Trustees in honor of former University President Rita Morris. The scholarship awards senior students who have exhausted all funding sources to help them complete graduation.
Dr. Robert Wilson Wilson Writing Scholarship for Poets
Created by Dr. Robert L. Wilson, former professor at SSU, the award aids student committed to the writing of poetry.
Dr. Sol Asch Scholarship
Created by Matilda Asch, in memory of her husband, the scholarship was the first created following the passage of the bill to change from community college to a university.
Dr. Spencer and Helen Miller Scholarship
Created from proceeds of a property sale deeded to SSU’s Development Foundation by Dr. Spencer W. Miller, the scholarship honors Dr. and Mrs. Miller for their years of service and in appreciation of their support to SSU.
Edward & Ruth Kirkendall Athletic Scholarship
Created through the Estate of Mrs. Ruth Kirkendall. Ruth and her husband, Edward, were members of the Golden Bears and dedicated fans of SSU’s Athletics.
Edward O. & Edward R. McCowen Scholarship
Created by bequest of Eva McCowen Keller to honor her father, Edward O. McCowen, and her brother, Edward R. (Rex) McCowen.
Elbert & Evelyn Elliott Memorial Scholarship
Created by bequest of Mrs. Elliott, the scholarship awards students majoring in secondary or elementary education.
Emergency Relief Fund Scholarship
Created by Rosemary Poston and re-established by Mary Ann Malone, to assist students with unforeseen circumstances.
Emile Leroy Jividen Memorial Scholarship
Created by son, Jim, and his wife, Elaine, in memory of Emile Jividen, a welding teacher at SSU.
Ferguson Hamilton Knox Math Scholarship
Created by Dr. John J. Whitaker, SSU Professor of Math Sciences, to honor SSU Professors Orville Ferguson and Virginia Hamilton, and Cheryl Knox, SSU alum and supporter of the Mathematical Sciences Department.
Frank Byrne Scholarship
Created by Carolyn Byrne, in memory of her husband, to help students who excel in foreign languages and linguistics.
Frank D. Hyland & Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship
Created in memory of Mr. Hyland and his wife, Helen, avid SSU supporters.
Frank Taylor Scholarship
The scholarship was created to honor Frank’s years as president of SSU and its forerunners and to education in general.
Frederick McKinley Teacher Education Scholarship
Created by Cheryl Ann McKinley Prostler and Sarah Ann Sunday, in honor of Frederick McKinley and his commitment to education.
Friends of Shawnee Scholarship
Established by the Development Foundation to award undesignated annual scholarship giving to deserving SSU students.
Gale Allen Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2017 by Christina Jones to honor the memory of her mother, Gale Allen, by providing financial support to non-traditional, female students with dependents
Galen S. Besco Memorial Scholarship
Created by bequest of Zella H. Besco, in honor of her husband, the scholarship awards students majoring in Teacher Education with a concentration in English.
George & Carolyn Pettit Scholarship
Created by Dr. George and Carolyn Pettit, the scholarship assists international students and programming expenses for SSU’s Center for International Programs.
George Heller Scholarship
Created by Dr. John and Mrs. Linda Walker to honor long-time Portsmouth basketball coach and fan of SSU’s basketball teams, George Heller.
Gina Smalley Scholarship
Created to honor Gina’s love of dental hygiene. The scholarship was created by her parents, Toby and Joyce Smalley, Lucas and Clark Family Dentistry and family and friends.
Ginnie Wagner Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Scholarship
Created in honor of President Ginnie Wagner, the scholarship awards Portsmouth High School graduates accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
Created for students of New Boston to pursue a higher education.
Created by Glockner Enterprises and awarded to students from Scioto County for their volunteer services in the community.
Graydon Woods & Loretta Woods Scholarship
Created through the Estate of Loretta C. Woods, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1950 to 1958.
Gurney Margaret Noel Memorial Scholarship
Created by James H. Butt II and Stephen P. Butt, in memory of their cousin, Gurney Margaret Noel, lifelong Scioto County resident and English teacher at Portsmouth High School and Ohio University.
Harold Micklethwaite Scholarship
Created from proceeds of the President’s Ball in honor of Harold Micklethwaite.
Harry Weinbrecht Scholarship
Created in memory of Harry Weinbrecht, former basketball coach and Athletic Director at SSU, for his dedication to SSU Athletics.
Home For Aged Women Scholarship
Created by the Board of Directors of the Home for Aged Women and made possible through proceeds from the property sale of the 60-year old residence home to aid the expansion of SSU, it awards students in Allied Health and Nursing programs.
Honors Program Scholarship
Created by SSU Faculty to assist Honors Program students.
Ira and Flora Diddle Scholarship
Created by Clara Diddle Craver and Patricia Diddle Kegley, daughters of Ira and Flora, in honor of their parents. The scholarship assists students in the fields of natural or physical science, medical profession, or teaching.
J. W. McKinley Teaching Scholarship
Created by J. William McKinley to honor his father, Joseph, a teacher of many years.
James & Mabel Blair Scholarship
Created by James and Mabel Blair to encourage middle income students to pursue a college degree.
James B. Miller Scholarship
Created by OSCO Industries, Mrs. James B. Miller and Ward Miller, Jr., in memory of James. The scholarship aids students majoring in Business.
James Hixon Huntington High School Business Scholarship
Created by Mr. Hixon, former teacher of Huntington High School, as his legacy for the business education students he cared so much for.
John G. & Thelma O. LeBrun Scholarship
Created by John G. LeBrun, retired chemist of Cyclops Corporation, for students with financial need.
Judith A. Canter Scholarship
Created by Bruce Canter to honor his wife, the scholarship awards students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Education.
Larry & Penny Gates Scholarship
Created to aid, encourage students pursuing a degree in a “helping profession.”
Leo & Julia Blackburn Athletics Scholarships
Leo & Julia Blackburn Business Scholarship
Created by Leo and Julia Blackburn, the scholarship awards excellence in Business College Associate Degree graduates and student-athletes to promote the growth of SSU.
Lillian Wiltshire Thomas Scholarship
Created by husband, Fred Thomas to honor his wife and to reward academic excellence for students in need.
Linda Bradshaw Walker Education Scholarship
Created by Dr. John and Mrs. Linda Walker for Portsmouth West High School students pursuing a degree in education.
Lorentz Family International Student Scholarship
Created by Dr. John H. Lorentz, Professor Emeritus of History at SSU, and Carol Lorentz Gandolfo, in memory of their parents, Mr. Charles A. and Mary Bliss Lorentz.
Lute Family Scholarship
Created in memory of C. Hobert Lute and his wife, Izetta, founders of the company in 1952.
Mary Elizabeth Schwartz Scholarship
Created by the estate of Mary Elizabeth, long-time teacher, to provide financial aid to students studying English literature.
Matt Matthews AHANA Scholarship
Created in honor of Eustace “Matt” Matthews, former Director of Student Support Services and Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs at SSU.
McElhaney Honors Scholarship
Created by a bequest from James McElhaney, the scholarship awards out-of-region freshmen students.
McGinnis Portsmouth West Scholarship
Created by Brent and Karen McGinnis for Portsmouth West High School graduates pursuing a degree in Mathematics.
Michael Art Hairston Scholarship
Created by Gary and Marilyn Hairston in honor of their son, Michael, former SSU art student.
Nathan Jenkins Scholarship
Created in memory of Nathan by parents, Gerald and Cynthia, to foster the growth of SSU and award academic and athletic excellence in area students.
Neal & Vicky Hatcher Scholarship
Created by Neal and Vicky Hatcher for students residing on-campus who live within 50 miles of SSU.
Neal & Vicky Hatcher Emergency Housing Scholarship
Created by Neal and Vicky Hatcher to support SSU and its full-time residential housing students.
Nellie Niswonger Scholarship
Created by Nellie Niswonger, a long-time teacher dedicated to the education system of the Portsmouth area.
Octavia N. McKinley Scholarship
Created by J. William McKinley to honor his mother, Octavia, long-time area nurse.
Phillip & Mary Elliott Jenkins Scholarship
Created by Philip Jenkins, the scholarship awards a resident of Scioto County, Ohio or Greenup or Lewis County, Kentucky.
Raymond & Mabel Montavon Occupational Therapy Assistant Scholarship
Created by Mendy Sissel, Occupational Therapy program instructor, to honor her parent’s commitment to education.
Richards Health Scholarship
Created by William J. and Patricia J. Richards, former member of SSU’s Board of Trustees and Development Foundation, to award students in Allied Health areas.
Robert & Jean Kramer Scholarship
Created through the estate of Robert C. and Jean C. Kramer, the scholarship awards students majoring in the business field.
Robin Hagen-Smith Hall of Fame Scholarship
Created to honor Robin Hagen-Smith, former SSU Women’s Basketball Coach and Ohio College Basketball Hall of Fame member who won the National Tournament.
Roger & Mary Nel Padron Scholarship
Created by Roger Padron, the scholarship awards academic excellence and supports the growth of SSU.
Ron LeMaster Insurance Inc. Scholarship
Created by Ron LeMaster, past President of SSU’s Development Foundation (1998-99), the scholarship was established to help students better themselves.
Rotary Club International Scholarship
Created by the Portsmouth Rotary Club to assist international students at SSU.
Sean Elliott Scholarship
Created by family and friends to honor SSU basketball player, Sean Elliott.
Sherman Family Scholarship
Created by the Sherman Family to advance the study of the insurance industry or business related degree.
Spriggs Family Scholarship
Created by Guy Spriggs and family for children of firemen and law enforcement personnel.
Stan Callihan Memorial Scholarship
Created by his wife, Susan, the scholarship is a legacy of Stan’s love of learning.
Stanley Electric U.S. Company Engineering Technologies Scholarship
Established in 2018 by Stanley Electric US Company to provide financial aid to students pursuing a degree in Engineering Technologies.
Must be pursuing a degree in Plastics Engineering Technologies, Computer Engineering Technologies, CADD, Electromechanical Engineering Technologies, or Technical Study. Must demonstrate financial need with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be full time student at SSU, remain in good academic standing and accept award in 1/2 increments. Must have completed two full semesters at SSU.
The Raymond & Mabel Montavon Occupational Therapy Assistant Scholarship Fund
Created Mendy Sissel, Occupational Therapy program instructor, to honor her parent’s commitment to education.
Thomas B. Reynolds Scholarship
Created by wife, Kay, with friends and family, in memory of Tom, former chairperson of SSU’s Board of Trustees and President SSU’s Development Foundation Board.
Veri Family Scholarship
Created from proceeds of the 1998 President’s Gala which honored Dr. Clive Veri’s retirement as SSU’s President, the scholarship honors Dr. Clive Veri and Mrs. Veri.
Vern Riffe Scholarship
Created to honor Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and Founder Emeritus of SSU, Vernal G. Riffe, Jr., for his dedication to Ohio, especially its students.
Vernon & Virginia Schwepe Scholarship
Created by bequest of Virginia Schwepe, in memory of her husband, to help students in need.
Victor Morgan Jr. Scholarship
Created by Victor & Betty Morgan, in memory of their son, to benefit the students at SSU.
Vivian McGinnis Scholarship
Created by Doug McGinnis in memory of his mother, Vivian, and awards students pursuing a Nursing degree.
W. E. “Peg” Ellsesser Memorial Scholarship
Created by his daughter, Sidney Burr, to honor Mr. Ellsesser. The scholarship commemorates his love of Portsmouth and assists students majoring in Athletic Training or Sports Management.
Walter & Anne Strehle Scholarship
Created by Anne Strehle, former teacher, the scholarship awards graduates of Green High School.
Wayne White Memorial Scholarship
Created to honor Wayne White, first director of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education, and his commitment to SSU and education.
Whitney D. Miller Scholarship
Created by the Miller siblings, Annis, Rosamond, Henry and Ward, in their brother’s memory, a past President of SSU’s Development Foundation and committee chairman for Reach for the Stars campaign.