Ann Marie Bolger Memorial Scholarship in Student Affairs
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Students are eligible to apply upon acceptance to student affairs MA program. Applicants must submit a vita that provides evidence of contribution to peer learning, such as service as a mentor, peer advisor or educator, student government leader, resident advisor, etc. Applicants must also submit an essay demonstrating evidence of commitment to the profession of student affairs. This evidence can be demonstrated by clear professional goals, participation in regional or national meetings or conferences, etc. A member of the student affairs faculty shall serve on the selection committee.
About Ann Bolger
Ann Bolger served as Director of Residence Life at Michigan State University for a short time, but left a lasting impact on the organization, students, and the University. Her commitment to and trust in students and staff enabled a vast transformation in Residence Life. As a result of her leadership, Residence Life’s “core” reflects commitment to student learning, leadership development, ethical decision-making and multiculturalism. Her impact extended beyond Michigan State University into the profession of student affairs where she was a leader in the Association for College and University Housing Officers and the American College Personnel Association. Numerous faculty, professionals, and leaders throughout the country considered Ann a friend, gentle critic and mentor. In addition, her dynamic leadership changed the campuses she worked at throughout her career, including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of California at Davis, Chapman University and Macalester College. Ann will be remembered locally and nationally as a loving mother, visionary leader, educator, student advocate, and change agent. The spirit of the scholarship and the selection criteria resonate with Ann’s unending belief that students matter, that students have much to teach others, and that creativity in student affairs requires strength of character.
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