Willard O. Ash Scholarship


The Willard O. Ash Award was established in honor of the founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award, funded initially by Mrs. Louise Ash in honor of her husband, is intended to recognize a senior who embodies Dean Ash’s philosophy of a broad-based education in the liberal arts and sciences. For example, a typical nominee might major in history and minor in chemistry, or major in mathematics and minor in philosophy, or major in sociology and minor in music. Many other combinations and activities are, of course, possible. In addition to courses and majors, successful applicants normally have other substantive activities that demonstrate a breadth of interest. The Award includes a plaque for the student, the student’s name engraved on a plague kept in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a stipend to be determined at the beginning of each academic year.


Selection Criteria

1. Students eligible for such scholarships must:

  • Be a senior (with at least 90 semester credit hours),
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher,
  • Be able to evidence that he or she is pursuing a coherent and broad-based undergraduate education incorporating both the sciences and the liberal arts.

2. Students awarded this scholarship must also agree to:

  • Comply with all University regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students on campus,
  • Consent to release grades to the Division of Institutional Advancement for the purpose of reporting to the donor, and
  • Remain in good standing as a student.

3. Required Application Attachments:

  • Essay: On one-page, single-spaced essay describing
    • your undergraduate educational choices, interests and goals, and
    • how your choices, interests and goals meet the spirit of the Ash Award.
  • Letter of recommendation from the faculty member who is nominating or sponsoring you.

4. Renewal:

  • None