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Freshmen: Plain Dealer Awards for Excellence in Writing
Endowed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and housed in the English department, this award is given to one student each year who writes an outstanding paper in a Freshman English course. Depending on available funding two awards are given, one for ENG 101 and one for ENG 102. The award competition is announced toward the end of Fall semester. Most entries are submitted by professors; however, students may submit their own entries. The award is given at the English department’s annual Awards Ceremony in April.

Award: $200
Deadline: First week of February
Contact: Stephanie E. Nunley, English Department: s.nunley@csuohio.edu

Undergraduates: Plain Dealer Awards for Excellence in Writing
Endowed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and housed in the English department, this award is given to undergraduate students for outstanding papers in two categories: “open essay” (on any topic), and “research papers.” The award competition is announced toward the end of Fall semester. Most entries are submitted by professors; however, students may submit their own entries. The award is given at the English department’s annual Awards Ceremony in April.

Award: $200
Deadline: First week of February
Contact: Stephanie E. Nunley; s.nunley@csuohio.edu

Juniors and Seniors (Minority Students): STARS Undergraduate Research Stipends

The STARS Mentoring Program, an initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents, is a "future professors of America" program intended to increase the pool of minorities in the Ohio College professoriate. The program is open to African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander juniors and seniors who have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and who are interested in college teaching as a career. The program includes:

(1) an undergraduate research project, culminating in a paper to be presented at an annual STARS Statewide Conference each spring
(2) a mentoring relationship with a faculty member who supervises the student's research project
(3) a Graduate School Readiness Seminar designed to guide the student through the graduate application process.

Qualified students must participate fully in the STARS Mentoring Program to be eligible for an undergraduate research stipend. At present, approximately 12 students are active in the Cleveland State chapter of STARS, and approximately 30 students are active in Northeast Ohio.

Award: $1,200/semester or $2,400/year
Deadline: Revolving Awards
Contact: Serreta Archer, Coordinator, RT 1254; email s.archer@csuohio.edu

Graduating Seniors: Ohio Board of Regents Fellowship
This fellowship offers a stipend of $3,500 per year for two years of graduate or professional study at public and private universities holding a state charter with the Ohio Board of Regents. Recipients are selected from the class of graduating seniors each Spring semester. One to three students are selected each year. A selection committee in the College of Graduate Studies evaluates applicants on the basis of grades, test scores, a written essay, and a personal interview. Final selection is made by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Award: $3,500 a year for two years of graduate or professional study.
Deadline:
Contact: College of Graduate Studies, 216.687.9370, e-mail: grad@csuohio.edu

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences students: Ram Shivashankar Scholarship
The Ram Shivashankar Scholarship is a memorial scholarship that was founded in 2001 by Mr. and Mrs. Ramachandra Shivashankar to honor the memory of their son Ram, who passed away in January of that year before he could receive his BS in Biology. Ram received his degree from Cleveland State University posthumously in May, 2001. During the last months of his life, Ram pursued his baccalaureate studies with distinction, even while he was suffering from an incurable illness. The Shivashankar family created the scholarship as a way of recognizing other students who have had to overcome extra ordinary challenges or adversities while pursuing a college degree.

This scholarship is intended to help support Arts & Sciences students with disabilities and financial need. The application process requires an essay by the student on individual goals and challenges.

Award: $1,000 Spring semester contingent on available funding
Contact: The Financial Aid Office; www.csuohio.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-scholarships

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences students: Borchert Scholarship Fund
Awarded annually to a minority student with financial need enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. This endowment was established in honor of Miriam and Frank Borchert, Sr. The scholarship awarded its first grant in the academic year 1988-89. Students cannot apply for the fellowship; the student is selected yearly by a committee from among students meeting the qualifications stated above.

Award: $500 per year
Contact: Dr. Michael Williams; 216-523-7211, m.williams@csuohio.edu

The following scholarships are sorted by department.

Anthropology:

No departmental scholarships at this time.

Art Department:

Merit Scholarships
Over $40,000 in tuition scholarships is generally awarded each year. Art Merit Scholarships are offered exclusively to Art Majors for full or partial tuition. Scholarships awards are based on the quality of artwork submitted for review. Application forms are available at the Art Department Office. Application deadline typically occurs in late February or early March for awards that are issued the following academic year. Merit Scholarship students participate in exhibitions in Spring Semester as a condition of acceptance of their awards.

Contact: Mark Slankard 216-687-2101 m.slankard@csuohio.edu

Communication:

Undergraduate majors in Communication are eligible for a range of annual scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of academic achievement, area of interest, financial need, and other criteria as specified by the sponsor. Students eligible for these awards must be juniors or seniors, have a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and satisfy the criteria specified by the sponsor. Past award winners are also eligible. An application, complete with a personal statement, is required for for each scholarship.

Deadlines: March 20 (Spring awards)
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

Max Axelrod Scholarship (Journalism)
One to two awards each year to upper division students majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism.

Award Amount: 1-2 awards of $500 to $1000. Will be awarded annually.
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

W. O. and Naomi Walker Memorial Scholarship (Any Communication major)
Criteria: Students majoring in any Communication field with a demonstrated financial need.

Award Amount: Several awards of $1,000 each
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

Max Axelrod Scholarship (Journalism)
Criteria: Students majoring in Journalism and Promotional Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. Priority will be given to Jewish students.

Award Amount: 1-2 awards of $500
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

Raymond Dorsey Scholarship (Journalism)
Criteria: Students majoring in Journalism and Promotional Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. Award is earmarked for physically disabled students.

Award Amount: One award; $700
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

Donald Marcus Scholarship (Advertising)
Criteria: Students majoring in Journalism and Promotional Communication with an emphasis in Advertising.

Award Amount: One award; $500
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

Jana Stone Scholarship (Public Relations)
Criteria: Students majoring in Journalism and Promotional Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations.

Award Amount: One award; $500
Contact: School of Communication at 216.687.4630

Richard Eaton Scholarship (Any Communication major)
Cleveland State University has received a grant from the Richard Eaton Foundation, Inc. every year since 1995. The grant is for scholarships for freshman students majoring in one of the Communication fields and from the five-county Cleveland area. It is awarded annually by the Financial Aid Office.
Criteria: Students must have freshman standing, be majoring in any of Communication field and have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Award Amount: One award; full tuition
Deadline: Beginning of Fall Semester
Contact: Contact: The Financial Aid Office; www.csuohio.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-scholarships

The Christopher Bundschuh Endowed Scholarship
Graduate students in the Masters of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology program are eligible for The Christopher Bundschuh Endowed Scholarship. To honor the memory of their son, Christopher Bundschuh, an alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, the family established the The Christopher Bundschuh Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded on a combination of academic achievement and area of interest. Students eligible for this award must be enrolled in the Masters of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology program, have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their graduate classes, and have an academic emphasis in Health Communication. An application, complete with a personal statement discussing the applicant’s career goals and plans for the future, is required.
Criteria: Application form will be submitted along with a one-page essay. The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in the M.A. program.

Award Amount: One award; $500. 
Deadline: Eligible students must submit applications to the central office in the School of Communication by April 10.
Contact: Professor Gary Pettey at: g.pettey@csuohio.edu.

Economics:

Outstanding Major Award
Started in 1984, this scholarship is awarded to student(s) of promise in the field of economics. Student name is added to the plaque that hangs outside the department office on the seventeenth floor of Rhodes Tower.  The financial award was originally started at $500 in 1984 and has been adjusted each year to account for inflation. To be eligible, the student must be a current senior or one who graduated in the previous fall.
The overall GPA must be at least 3.0 at the end of fall. The candidate must have completed at least 30 credit hours at CSU by the end of fall prior to award including most of the requirements for the major. 

Award Amount: $500 in 1984 and has been adjusted each year to account for inflation
Contact: Economics Department Office at 216.687.4520

English:

English (MA students): Andrews Fellowship
Every year, the English Department gives one or more cash awards of $1000 to students in the Masters Program (other than those in the creative writing concentration) to support the completion of their thesis. Students who wish to be considered for the award must submit to the Director of Graduate Studies a prospectus of their thesis projects with a cover letter announcing their intention to compete for the award. The prospectus should be no longer than five pages and should describe the thesis, offer a rationale for its undertaking, explain how the project relates to current activities in the relevant field, and specify any distinctive features of the project or resources it will utilize. Students should also submit one letter of recommendation from one of the three readers of their thesis. The prospectus will be read by the Graduate Subcommittee, which will also view each applicant’s graduate record. Awards will be made on the basis of the probable quality of the completed thesis and on the likelihood of its being completed within a year of the receipt of the Award.  
 
Award: $1,000 Deadine: Annual deadline for submission of prospectuses is March 1. Awards will be announced a few weeks later. 
Contact: Professor James Marino, Director of Graduate Studies: j.marino22@csuohio.edu

English (MA students in Creative Writing): Leonard Trawick Scholarship
Professor Emeritus Leonard Trawick retired in 1998 after a distinguished career as a teacher, editor, and administrator of the Poetry Center. The Leonard Trawick Scholarship is given to graduate student in Creative Writing based upon submission of a portfolio of creative work. Selection process is determined by the Chair of the English department.  

Award: $1,500
Contact: Professor Imad Rahman, English Department: m.i.rahman@csuohio.edu   

Melissa Martin/Grace Martin Warren Women’s Studies Essay Award
For more information on this scholarship please contact Professor Adrienne Gosselin.
Contact: Professor Adrienne Gosselin: a.gosselin@csuohio.edu

English (BA students): V. Richard Gulbenkian Prize for Excellence in English
V. Richard Gulbenkian was an English professor in Fenn College and CSU (1940-79) and served as Registrar (1953-60) and Director of Admissions and Records (1960-79). The V. Richard Gulbenkian Prize is funded from a memorial endowment established by his family. The award winner is selected by the English department’s Committee on Instruction based on grade point average and other indicators of academic excellence. The Gulbenkian Prize is given at the annual English Awards Ceremony in April. 

Award: $500
Contact: Stephanie E. Nunley, English Department: s.nunley@csuohio.edu

Donald W. Miller Scholarship
For more information on the this scholarship please contact F. Jeffrey Karem.
Contact: Dr. Adam Sonstegard, Director of Undergraduate Studies: s.sonstegard@csuohio.edu 

Creative Writing Contest
Approximately $3,000 in tuition scholarships will be awarded to the winners of the Cleveland State University Student Writing Contest. The contest is open to any student who plans to enroll in any course during the Fall or Spring semester. One fourth of the money is reserved for students currently enrolled in CSU writing courses. Writers who hold scholarships or assistantships are encouraged to enter so that the CSU Poetry Center can honor their achievement. 

Manuscripts can be mailed to: 
Creative Writing Contest Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Department of English, RT 1841
2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115-2214   

Submissions should consist of two or more pieces of imaginative prose (short stories, chapters of novels, short plays), a portfolio of six or more poems, or a combination of poetry and prose of comparable extent. Manuscripts should be typed, one side of page, and contain authors name, address, phone number, social security and CSU ID numbers and status (sophomore, grad student, etc.), on the first page, and author’s initials on the other pages. 

Awarded: Usually one week before the end of the semester.
Deadline for submissions: Each semester, 4-6 weeks before the end of the semester.
Contact: The CSU Poetry Center, 216-687-3986, poetrycenter@csuohio.edu, www.csuohio.edu/poetrycenter

History:

Thomas F. Campbell Scholarship
The Dr. Thomas F. Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund was established to provide annual scholarship awards for students majoring in History in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and students majoring in Urban Studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

One or more awards are given each year to History majors and to Urban Studies majors..

Eligibility: Scholarship recipients must be juniors and/or seniors majoring in history who are residents of the seven-county Greater Cleveland area and have an overall 3.0 grade-point average or higher. Recipients must not be dependents of Cleveland State University employees.

Requirements: Students must be declared History majors. There is no application procedure. Recipients of the scholarship will be selected by the Chair of the History Department with recommendations provided by the Campbell Scholars Committee.

Award Amount: The scholarship is given annually. The amount depends on the spendable income from the endowment.
Deadline: No application required. All declared junior and/or senior History majors with a 3.0 overall grade-point average or higher, who are not dependents of Cleveland State University employees will be considered.
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Chair, History Department, RT 1319, 216.687.3920, e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu

William I. Shorrock Scholarship
The William I. Shorrock Scholarship was established to provide annual scholarship awards to students at Cleveland State University majoring in History who have financial need and academic potential.

One or more awards are given each year to History majors.

Eligibility:  Scholarship recipients must high academic achieving upperclassmen with demonstrated financial need. First preference for the award is for a History major who is also a member of the men's or women's basketball team.

Requirements: There is no application procedure.  Recipients of the scholarship will be selected by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences with input from the History Department.

Award Amount:  The scholarship is given annually.  the amount depends on the spendable income from the endowment.
Deadline:  No application required.  All declared History majors with strong academic records and financial need will be considered.
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Chair, History Department, RT 1319, 216.687.3920, e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu

History: Leon C. Soulé Scholarship
The purpose of the award is to encourage students to pursue the studies that will provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for their assumption of leadership roles in the continuing effort to improve relations between diverse individuals and cultures.

One or more awards are given each year to a History major with a strong academic record and financial need.

Past Recipients: John M. Floro (2002); Erica A. Veljic (2002); Sean P. Dolan (2003); Holly Klingler (2004); Jeff Hoyt (2005); Eileen Lemish (2006); Shane Gleason, Denise Krall (2007); Theodore Prassinos (2008); Kayla Jarvis (2009).

Eligibility: Recipients will be students with strong academic records and financial need. The recipient will be a History student. In the unlikely event that no History students would qualify, the scholarship is to be awarded to a student of Art or Art History, Anthropology or the Humanities, in that order.

Requirements: Students must be declared History majors. There is no application procedure. A faculty committee of the History Department is to choose the recipient in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

Award Amount: The scholarship is given annually. The amount depends on the spendable income from the endowment
Deadline: No application required. All declared History majors with strong academic records, and financial need will be considered.
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Chair, History Department, RT 1319, 216.687.3920, e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu

Jeanette E. Tuve Scholarship
The Jeanette E. Tuve Scholarship was established to attract the most meritorious students to study at Cleveland State University who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of History or Social Studies.

One or more awards are given each year to a History or Social Studies major.

Eligibility:  Recipients will be full-time junior or senior History or Social Studies majors with an overall 3.2 grade-point average or higher.  Preference will be given to women and minorities. No dependents of Cleveland State University employees, nor members of CSU's Honors program are eligible.

Requirements: Students must be declared History or Social Studies majors. There is no application procedure. A faculty committee of the History Department is to choose the recipient.

Award Amount: The scholarship is given annually. The amount depends on the spendable income from the endowment.
Deadline: No application required. All declared junior and senior History and Social Studies majors with a 3.2 overall grade-point average or higher, who are not dependents of Cleveland State University employees or in CSU's Honors Program will be considered.
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Chair, History Department, RT 1319, 216.687.3920, e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu

History: Modern European History Award
The gift shall be awarded every other year, commencing May 2004, for the best graduate paper in Modern European History written in the Masters of European History Program as determined by the Department Chair and two tenured faculty members.

Award: $300.00
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Chair, History Department, RT 1319, 216.687.3920, e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu

The Marjorie B. Shorrock Endowed Graduate Fellowship in History
This award was established to support a graduate student studying History in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Cleveland State University.

Requirements: Applicants must be currently enrolled at or admitted to attend the University as a graduate student; applicants must be pursuing a master’s degree in the History Department; applicants must demonstrate successful academic performance with a minimum overall 3.0 grade average.
Award amount: Varies. No application required. All History graduate students with strong academic records will be considered.
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt, Chair, History Department, RT 1319, 216.687.3920, e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu

Modern Langauges:

No departmental scholarships at this time.

Music:

Bain Murray Award For Music Composition
The award was established in 1993. It annually recognizes a music composition student at CSU. The award honors the memory of Bain Murray, a distinguished composer and music faculty member.

Eligibility: Any student studying composition at CSU

Award Amount: Based on interest earned on endowment.
Deadline: March 1st
Contact: Department of Music, Kate Bill, m.c.bill@csuohio.edu

Music: Bettie Allen Dorsey Music Scholarship
The scholarship was established in 1989 to the honor of Bettie Allen Dorsey.

Eligibility: Must be a piano or voice major in the department of music at Cleveland State University. Preference will be given to physically challenged students. In the absence of meeting these criteria, a recipient may be a student who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship is renewable for four years.

Award Amount: Annual income from interest.
Deadline: March 1st
Contact: Howard Meeker, Director of Instrumental Music, CSU Department of Music: h.meeker@csuohio.edu

Music: Daniel Rains Memorial Scholarship
The Daniel Rains Memorial Scholarship commemorates the work of Associate Professor Daniel Rains who died of cancer on May 25, 2002. While at Cleveland State University, Mr. Rains built the string department and the university’s 70-member orchestra – which he conducted – and instructed hundreds of students. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Rains studied at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory for Music and later appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1985 Mr. Rains joined the CSU faculty where he became an associate professor teaching both violin and viola.

Eligibility: Music student must be studying in the string area.

Contact: Howard Meeker, Director of Instrumental Music: h.meeker@csuohio.edu

Music: Leonard & Joan Ronis Memorial Scholarship for Piano Students
This is a Mu Phi Epsilon endowed music scholarship for piano students. This scholarship was established in 1992. It annually recognizes a student studying piano at CSU. The student need not be majoring or minoring in piano, and need not be a member of Mu Phi Epsilon.

Eligibility: The student must be studying piano at CSU.

Award: The amount varies, based on annual interest income.
Deadline: March 1st
Contact: Howard Meeker, Director of Instrumental Music, CSU Department of Music: h.meeker@csuohio.edu

Music: WMMS Scholarship in Music Fund
Contact Professor Howard Meeker, h.meeker@csuohio.edu, or by phone at (216) 687-3667.

Philosophy & Comparative Religion:

No departmental scholarships at this time.

Political Science:

No departmental scholarships at this time.

Social Work:

Dr. Ralph Brody Memorial Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society Scholarship
This Scholarship is established at the Cleveland State University Foundation by the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, Delta Zeta Chapter of the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Cleveland State University.

Every spring semester this scholarship is given to one outstanding CSU graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and who has the highest GPA who is admitted to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree Program at Cleveland State University.

Contact: The School of Social Work, 216-687-4560, bsw@csuohio.edu

Sociology:

Butler Jones Scholarship
Description and History: The Butler Jones Scholarship was established in 2003 to commemorate the professional life and contributions of Butler A. Jones, former Professor and Chair of Sociology at Cleveland State University. In particular, it commemorates his academic contributions to promoting a better understanding of the causes and consequences of racial inequality and his wide-ranging community service on behalf of social justice for all Americans. The award recipient will be the student who best promises to emulate the academic tradition of Butler Jones and will have a demonstrated interest and talent for sociological inquiry into issues of racial and ethnic inequality.

Eligible students:

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate concentration in Sociology or any other academic concentration currently administered by the Sociology department of CSU.
  • Must meet the current minimum academic criteria for membership in the sociology honorary society, Alpha Kappa Delta.
  • Must not be a relative of any member of the Cleveland State University faculty.

Application Requirements: Must be nominated by nominated by a member of the Sociology department faculty.
Award Amount: Not less than $1000
Deadline: Prior to the February Sociology department meeting
Contact: Philip Manning Professor and Chair, 216.687.4504, p.manning@csuohio.edu

The Department of Theatre and Dance:

Betty Walls Waetjen Theatre Arts Endowment Fund
Endowment was established in the memory of Betty Walls Waetjen, wife of former CSU President, Walter Waetjen, to provide funding for CSU Theatre scholarships. Although this endowment is intended for students of the dramatic arts, students from other majors have received this award in the past.

Click here to download 2014-15 Scholarship Guidelines and Application.

Award Amount: This scholarship is given annually. The amount depends on the spendable income from the endowment.
Contact: The Department of Theatre and Dance, 216.687.2113, theatre@csuohio.edu

W. Benoy Joseph Scholarship for Music and Theatre:
Pprovides support for a student studying music or theatre at CSU. Awards will be given to an undergraduate senior majoring in music (in odd years) or in theatre (in even years) within two semesters of their graduation. The student must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. A strong preference will be given to students pursuing a career interest in the marketing or management of the arts.

Theatre Scholarship:
Merit based scholarships awarded annually to theatre majors in four areas; Performance, Directing, Design/Tech, and Academic Achievement. The application process begins in April and scholarships are announced in May for the following academic year. This scholarship is available to both current and incoming students. 

Reuben and Dorothy Silver Endowed Scholarship:
Awarded annually by the recommendation of Department of Theatre and Dance Faculty to theatre majors and minors who exhibit outstanding service to the department, in the community, and in the field. Students are eligible after having been a major or minor for at least two semesters. They must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, have compiled a record of outstanding service to the department, and be considered excellent departmental representatives. As many as three scholarships can be awarded each year.

Dance Scholarship
The CSU Dance talent-based scholarships are available for qualified in-coming freshman, transfer students, and current students for participation in CSU Dance Company and other Dance Program ensembles. Auditions are held in late April/early May.  All of the following are considered in awarding the scholarships:

  • Recognition of skill and the potential for development of the adult dancer who intends to pursue a dance minor and/or achieve the experience necessary for Dance Company apprenticeship or membership.
  • The recognition of talent and the desire to pursue dance seriously and consistently.  Dance scholarship students are required to be enrolled in an upper level technique class, be in on-going rehearsals, rehearsals, and fulfill all academic coursework responsibilities.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher is required, recognizing the importance of scholastic achievement in the growth and development of the well-rounded, maturing dancer.

Contact: Dance Director, Lynn Deering, l.deering@csuohio.edu.

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