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Ann Marie Bolger Memorial Scholarship

in Student Affairs

Application Deadline: April 15

The Ann Marie Bolger Memorial Scholarship, which honors the life and contributions of a valued colleague, is given on an annual basis to an incoming Student Affairs Administration master’s student that best exemplifies the qualities required for outstanding work in the profession of Student Affairs (more than one scholarship may be awarded based on endowment funds and quality of applications).

Ann 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 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, 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, were changed by her dynamic leadership. 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.

Criteria for the scholarship include: 

New admit to the Student Affairs Administration Master's Program
Academic excellence
Evidence of contribution to peer learning (service as a mentor, peer advisor or educator, student government leader, resident advisor)
Evidence of commitment to the profession of student affairs (participation in regional or national meetings or conferences, clear professional goals)

Application process:

Applicants should submit a resume and an essay addressing how their experiences and aspirations meet the criteria by April 15.

Please email these materials to: Dr. Christa J. Porter, cjporter@msu.edu