Named Scholarships

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 in 2007 by American Savings Bank, the scholarship was created for employees and/or their children or grandchildren.

American Savings Bank Scholarship

Established in 2007, 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 in 2007 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 and Helen Lynn Family Scholarship

Created in 2002, 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. and Anne Carson Hossman Scholarship

Created in 2004, by Anne Hossman to honor her husband, to provide financial aid for students and to support growth of SSU.

Barnes & Noble Textbooks Scholarship

Created in 2008 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 1989, 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 in 2009, 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 in 2012, by Imogene Howland, to assist students majoring in paralegal or legal assisting.

Coll and Byrne Scholarship

Created in 2001, 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 in 1993, 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

Created in 1981, 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 in 1992, by bequest of Zella H. Besco, mother of David, the scholarship awards students majoring in Education with a concentration in Math.

Dr. Robert Wilson Wilson Writing Scholarship for Poets

Created in 2002 by Dr. Robert L. Wilson, former professor at SSU, the award aids student committed to the writing of poetry.

Dr. Hagop Pambookian Scholarship

Created in 2004, by Dr. Hagop S. Pambookian, Emeritus Professor of Psychology.

Dr. J.R. Boynton Scholarship

Created in 1986, 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 2012, 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 in 2007, 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. Sol Asch Scholarship

Created in 1986 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 and Ruth Kirkendall Athletic Scholarship

Created through the Estate of Mrs. Ruth Kirkendall in 2011, Ruth and her husband, Edward, were members of the Golden Bears and dedicated fans of SSU’s Athletics.

Edward O. and 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 and Evelyn Elliott Memorial Scholarship

Created in 2003, 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 in 2007, 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 in 2010 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 in 2004, by Carolyn Byrne, in memory of her husband, to help students who excel in foreign languages and linguistics.

Frank D. Hyland and Helen Hyland Memorial Scholarship

Created in 2003, in memory of Mr. Hyland and his wife, Helen, avid SSU supporters.

Frank Taylor Scholarship

Created in 1987, 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.

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 in 2008, the scholarship assists international students and programming expenses for SSU’s Center for International Programs. 

George Heller Scholarship

Created in 2007 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 in 2004 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 2012 in honor of President Ginnie Wagner, the scholarship awards Portsmouth High School graduates accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Glenwood Scholarship

Created in 1998 for students of New Boston to pursue a higher education.

Glockner Scholarship

Created in 2004 by Glockner Enterprises and awarded to students from Scioto County for their volunteer services in the community.

Graydon Woods and Loretta Woods Scholarship

Created in 2009 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 in 2009, 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 in 1993, from proceeds of the President’s Ball in honor of Harold Micklethwaite. 

Harry Weinbrecht Scholarship

Created in 2015, 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 in 1993, 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 in 2012 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 and Mabel Blair Scholarship

Created in 2006, 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 in 2006, 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, in 2007 for students with financial need.

Judith A Canter Scholarship

Created in 1997, 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 in 1989 to aid, encourage students pursuing a degree in a “helping profession.”

Leo and Julia Blackburn Athletics Scholarships
Leo and 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, in 1989, to honor his wife and to reward academic excellence for students in need.

Linda Bradshaw Walker Education Scholarship

Created in 2007, by Dr. John and Mrs. Linda Walker, for Portsmouth West High School students pursuing a degree in education.

Lorentz Family International Student Scholarship

Created in 2008, 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 2002 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 in 2014 for Portsmouth West High School graduates pursuing a degree in Mathematics.

Michael Art Hairston Scholarship

Created in 1999 by Gary and Marilyn Hairston in honor of their son, Michael, former SSU art student.

Nathan Jenkins Scholarship

Created in 1996, 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 in 2013 by Neal and Vicky Hatcher for students residing on-campus who live within 50 miles of SSU. 

Neal and 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 and Mary Elliott Jenkins Scholarship

Created in 1986, by Philip Jenkins, the scholarship awards a resident of Scioto County, Ohio or Greenup or Lewis County, Kentucky. 

Raymond and Mabel Montavon Occupational Therapy Assistant Scholarship

Created in 2010 by Mendy Sissel’s, Occupational Therapy program instructor, to honor her parent’s commitment to education.

Richards Health Scholarship

Created in 1985, 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 in 2012 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 in 2010 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 and Mary Nel Padron Scholarship

Created by Roger Padron, in 1984, 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 in 2007 by the Portsmouth Rotary Club to assist international students at SSU. 

Sean Elliott Scholarship

Created in 2016 by family and friends to honor SSU basketball player, Sean Elliott.

Sherman Family Scholarship

Created by the Sherman Family in 1990 to advance the study of the insurance industry or business related degree.  

Spriggs Family Scholarship

Created in 2000 by Guy Spriggs and family for children of firemen and law enforcement personnel.

Stan Callihan Memorial Scholarship

Created by his wife, Susan, in 2002, the scholarship is a legacy of Stan’s love of learning.

The Raymond and Mabel Montavon Occupational Therapy Assistant Scholarship Fund

Created in 2010 by Mendy Sissel’s, Occupational Therapy program instructor, to honor her parent’s commitment to education.

Thomas B. Reynolds Scholarship

Created in 1999, 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 in 1983 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 and 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 in 2006, by Doug McGinnis in memory of his mother, Vivian, and awards students pursuing a Nursing degree.                  

W. E. “Peg” Ellsesser Memorial Scholarship

Created in 1999, 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 and Anne Strehle Scholarship

Created in 2007, by Anne Strehle, former teacher, the scholarship awards graduates of Green High School.

Wayne White Memorial Scholarship

Created in 2005 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 in 2000, 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. 


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