Endowed/Annual & Alumni Scholarships
There are two categories of scholarships for which Wesley College undergraduate students (main campus) may apply - Endowed/Annual Scholarships and Alumni Scholarships. Endowed/Annual Scholarships are
made possible through donations from individuals within and outside the
Wesley community and are selected by a committee of College
administrators and faculty. Alumni Scholarships are funded
through alumni contributions and Alumni Association fundraising events
and are selected by a committee of Alumni Board members.
Both categories of scholarships require students to submit an online application form (one form covers both) in order to be considered for selection. Alumni
Scholarships also require a recommendation letter from an academic
advisor or faculty member at Wesley who has taught the applicant in an
academic class, in addition to the online application.
The descriptions and criteria of the specific scholarships within the two categories are listed below. Students interested in applying are encouraged to carefully review the criteria before completing the online application. Applicants should indicate on the form if they wish to apply for the Endowed/Annual Scholarships, Alumni Scholarships or both. They will then be considered for any of the specific scholarships within that category, but are asked to specify on the form which one in particular they feel they are most qualified to receive.
Students selected for scholarships will be notified via email. All recipients will be required to write a handwritten thank you note to the scholarship donor(s) and must participate in the Founders Day Celebration in order to receive the funds. Scholarships will be rescinded for students who do not comply with this requirement.
For any questions about scholarships or the application process, please email Cathy Nosel, director of alumni relations and annual giving, or call her at (302) 736-2317.
Scholarship List and Descriptions
Ashbrook Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. and Mrs. William B. Ashbrook. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy student.
Elizabeth and Stan Barber Scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy student. Libby Barber, class of 1952, is a former Board of Trustees member and longtime friend of the College.
Joseph and Mary Bellmeyer Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a returning student with the highest academic standing in the liberal arts. Dr. Bellmeyer was an inspiration to many students in his classroom teaching and provided years of invaluable service as a Trustee and in a variety of major college projects. Recipients are selected by faculty in the Liberal Studies program.
Rev. Jason Blundon Memorial Scholarship was established by the Reverend and Mrs. Charles D. Burge in memory of her brother. This award is made to a worthy student who is planning to enter the United Methodist Ministry.
The Robyn J. Boswell Memorial Scholarship was established through the generosity of family and friends in memory of Robyn J. Boswell, Class of 1996. The award is presented to a returning student with financial need from a single-parent household, with a Wesley College cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8, and with demonstrated potential to make a difference and uphold the values of Wesley College.
Dr. and Mrs. Henry George Budd II Scholarship was established by their daughter, Caroline Budd, as an endowed scholarship for worthy students.
Mona Lynn Casey Environmental Scholarship is awarded to a student who best exemplifies the spirit of Christian care, concern, and service to improving environmental quality as illustrated in the life of Mona Lynn Casey. The award criteria includes a demonstrated commitment and involvement in church, campus, and community, a daily practice of Christian ethics, an enrolled major in the Environmental Sciences program, an excellent academic record, and a member in good standing of the rising junior or senior class. Recipients are selected by faculty from the Environmental Science Department.
William T. and Hazel R. Cloud Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance for a Delaware high school graduate.
Vaughn Smith Collins Memorial Scholarship was established by Elizabeth Vaughn Jacobs Earp in memory of her uncle. It is to be awarded to a worthy student.
Dr. Presley Spruance Downs Memorial Scholarship was established by Donald Van Lear Downs (Class of 1907) in memory of his father, who was a member of the first graduating class of the Wilmington Conference Academy, 1875. Income from this fund is awarded annually to two graduates of Dover High School. In the event there is no candidate from Dover High School, the income from this fund will accrue to candidates in the following year, or be given at the discretion of the Financial Aid Office for that year.
Reynolds duPont Endowed Scholarships are awarded to full-time returning students (sophomore, junior, senior) who are pursuing a degree program within the School of Business and Accounting. These scholarships are awarded to students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.33 and evidence of leadership. Faculty from the Business Department select the recipient(s) of this scholarship.
Gregory J. Flor Memorial Scholarship was established by his family in recognition of Greg’s struggle to earn a college degree despite learning disabilities resulting from a brain tumor. This endowed scholarship is awarded annually to provide tuition or tutorial assistance to a student who exhibits motivation and perseverance in the face of exceptional challenge.
Andrew Joseph Geyer Endowed Scholarship was established by his family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to a Delaware resident who demonstrates good character, a strong commitment to attaining a degree in higher education, being hard-working, self motivated, and having academic promise with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Russell Grier Scholarship was established to support a student who resides in the Lake Forest or Caesar Rodney School District.
Norman M. and Eleanor H. Gross Scholarship was established by the estate of Eleanor H. Gross for financially needy students of high scholastic standing.
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship was established by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in 2000 to provide grants for underserved students. Proceeds from the endowment are awarded annually to a student or students who intend to permanently reside in the United States upon completion of their studies.
Grover Hermann Scholarship was created by the trustees of Wesley College in appreciation of the generous financial contribution made by Mr. Hermann to the College. The income is used to aid worthy students.
Ruth W. Holt Nursing Scholarships were established by a bequest from Mrs. Ruth W. Holt and are awarded to nursing students.
Thomas S. Holt Scholarship was established by the late Thomas S. Holt of Federalsburg, Maryland. The income provides for annual scholarships for two graduates of the Col. Richardson High School in Federalsburg, Maryland. In the event no students from that high school are eligible, the scholarships are awarded to any students who, by virtue of preparation and character, give promise of future usefulness.
William A. Hughes Memorial Scholarship was endowed by Professor Hughes after twenty eight years of service at Wesley College. The scholarship is awarded to a student involved in the performing arts.
Isabel Hope Jackson Memorial Scholarship provides for a scholarship to a rising sophomore who has shown, during the first year, qualities of leadership in the campus community.
Martin W. Jensen Memorial was made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Mr. Martin W. Jensen. Income from this fund is used to assist worthy students each year.
Samuel R. Johnson Endowed Scholarship is in memory of Professor Samuel R. Johnson and is awarded to a returning student majoring in media arts. The scholarship should aid a worthy student who demonstrates service to the institution. Faculty members from the Media Arts Department are asked to recommend students from the applications received.
Roland O. Jones Scholarship is in memory of Professor Roland Jones whose life at Wesley College began when he was 40 years of age and the pursuit of obtaining a college degree. After earning his Master’s degree, he returned to Wesley College 10 years later (1964) where he was a member of the Business Department faculty. This scholarship is awarded to a returning student who demonstrates outstanding scholarship, dedication and character with a preference for a student majoring in Business.
Legacy Scholarship was established by Stephanie Smith Christiano ’98 and Wendy K. Rust ’00 in support of students who have a family legacy of attending Wesley College. Income from this fund is awarded to a child, grandchild, or great grandchild of a Wesley College graduate; preference will be given to a business or history major.
C. Delaware and Marian D. Lightcap Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Lightcap. The income is awarded to assist worthy students in furthering their education.
Dr. and Mrs. Alton E. Lowe Scholarship is used as scholarship aid for a resident student preparing for the ministry or full-time Christian service or teaching.
William H. and Laura Griffin Lurty Memorial Scholarship was established with a gift by their daughter, Miss Florence G. Lurty. Income from this endowment will aid a worthy student who resides in Smyrna, Delaware and is involved in the music program at Wesley.
Jack L. Marine Scholarship was established from the trust estate of Jack L. Marine, Wesley Class of 1955. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving full-time student who has financial need, is a member of a United Methodist Church (preferably located on the Delmarva Peninsula) and who demonstrates potential for academic success and personal growth.
George McLaughlin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by his family and friends in memory of George McLaughlin, Jr. who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. This scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy student.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. McMullen Scholarship is made possible by a gift from Mrs. McMullen and her son. Income from this fund is awarded annually to a needy and worthy student.
William F. Milbury Memorial Scholarship is presented to a graduating or returning student selected by the College for his or her contributions toward the improvement of the environment through voluntary activities and through further work in any of the fields of environmental studies or sanitary engineering. This annual scholarship is made through an endowment provided by the Reverend and Mrs. F. Douglas Milbury in memory of their son. If no student is available in the above fields of study, it is to be presented to a student in the field of biology.
John Montgomery Scholarship is awarded to a freshman or sophomore who displays those qualities of character, scholarship, and leadership that Professor Montgomery exemplified in his life and teaching. Initiated by the Wesley College Faculty Club.
The Moor Music Awards were established by Betty Moor in honor of her daughter Judith Moor Teal. These awards recognize students who are active participants in the College music ensembles.
The Roman K. and Clara P. Morgan Scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing whose vocational goal is Christian Pastoral Ministry of Christian Education.
Theodore A. H. O’Brien Scholarships were established by a bequest from Colonel Theodore W. and Mrs. Frances H. O’Brien in memory of his father, The Reverend T. A. H. O’Brien, former trustee of the Wilmington Conference Academy. Recipients are selected by faculty from the Medical Technology Program and are awarded to outstanding juniors and seniors in the program.
Harry Palmer Scholarship was established by Mrs. Palmer and Perdue Farms in memory of Mr. Palmer, a former Wesley College Board of Trustees member. The scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student who is a resident of Wicomico County, MD or a resident of the Delmarva Peninsula, is a Business major, and has a minimum GPA of 3.33.
Meredith and Robert Parker Honor Scholarship were created in honor of Dr. Robert H. Parker, eleventh president of Wesley College (1960-1975) and his wife, Meredith G. Parker. Class rank, extracurricular and service activities, counselor recommendations, and financial need are used to allocate these awards. Incumbent recipients with a minimum 3.10 cumulative grade point average will be considered for continuing awards.
Richard Paul Pepper Memorial Scholarship was established as a memorial to Richard Paul Pepper by his parents. The proceeds from this gift are awarded annually to aid a worthy student who is in need of financial assistance.
Pollak Work Scholarships are available to returning students majoring in the sciences. Faculty members of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics choose recipients who receive a monthly stipend for performing laboratory assistant assignments. This endowed fund is named in honor of Dr. Otakar Pollak, former Executive Director of the Dover Medical Society.
Sharon D. Roberts Remsburg Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends as a memorial to Sharon Remsburg’s many years of dedicated teaching and involvement in the education of young people and to continue her efforts to promote academic achievement in English. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding junior or senior. Priority is to former students of Holy Cross High School; second priority is to a student in the humanities.
The Thomas and Emma Roe Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Roe (class of 1931). The scholarship was established to provide additional financial assistance to deserving Wesley students.
Rogin-Knipe Endowed Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. James Rogin in 2000. The proceeds from the endowment are awarded annually to a deserving student who meets the following criteria: a GPA of 3.0 or above and involvement with the theater arts. If no theater arts opportunities are offered, the award may be extended to a student involved in any area of language arts.
William W. Sharp and Olive T. Sharp Scholarship was established in memory of William and Olive Sharp. It is awarded to a worthy student.
The Reverend and Mrs. Tilghman Smith Memorial Scholarship was created by their son, J. Henry Smith and assists worthy ministerial students.
John P. Strudwick Persevering Achievement Scholarship is given annually to a student who has displayed the determination to improve performance during the first year. Priority is given to persons who have persevered in the face of some adversity.
Elsie Dennis Thomas and Essell Park Thomas Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stazesky in honor of Mrs. Stazesky’s parents who attended Wesley. The scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy student.
Julius and Bernadine Tudor Scholarship is used to help a resident of Kent County, Delaware. If such a student is not available in a given year, the scholarship may be awarded to another deserving student.
Frank Vasfailo, III Memorial Scholarship was established in 2011 by his classmates, Patrick Hughes ’93 and Chris Furrule ’94, his family and friends. “Frankie V” as he was known to his friends will always be remembered for his outgoing, enthusiastic personality and his devotion to his family and friends. Fund raising events are held annually to support the scholarship that is awarded to a student from New Jersey who is active in either sports or other campus activities.
Dr. Howard B. Warren Endowed Scholarship is made possible by gifts from Dr. Howard B. Warren (Class of 1910) and his widow, Dorothy M. Warren. The scholarship is awarded annually to needy, active United Methodist students. Minimum qualifications include active membership in a United Methodist Congregation, a completed application for admission, and financial need; a letter of recommendation from their pastor is required. Preference is given to liberal arts and nursing students.
Annual Scholarship Awards (non-endowed)
Colonel Erwin T. Koch Award is awarded annually to a returning student that shows unusual service to the College.
John Pelzer Award was established in memory of John Pelzer, a part-time instructor at Wesley. It is awarded to a student majoring in communications with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who has demonstrated involvement in student media activities, and demonstrates financial need.
The Qaissaunee Award is presented by CABE Associates, Inc. in memory of Dr. Abdul Qaissaunee, P.E, DEE, CABE business partner and a one-time instructor of Fluid Mechanics at Wesley College. This financial award is to be applied towards Wesley College’s tuition and is awarded to a student who has a GPA of 3.0 or above, is a rising full-time Junior or Senior in the fall semester, is an active participant in the Environmental Science Program, exemplifies campus citizenship, and has a demonstrated financial need. The award is made to an individual selected by the CABE Operation Committee from as many as three (3) to five (5) individuals that meet the criteria and are nominated by the Environmental Program staff.
Lillian Wood Schmid Award was established by Lynn Schmid Knable ’67 in memory of her mother. It is awarded to a worthy student majoring in Nursing.
Alumni Association Scholarships
There are four Alumni Association Scholarships awarded each year as selected by the scholarship committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. There are two endowed scholarships – one named for former alumnus Mildred Spencer from the Class of 1918 and one in memory of former professor Lewis Wells. There are also two annual scholarships whose funds are derived from fund raising events sponsored by the Alumni Association throughout the year.
To qualify for these scholarships, recipients must show evidence of scholastic achievement, commitment to the College and their community, and demonstrate potential for success. Students who are applying for Alumni Association Scholarships are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in order to be considered.
The Alumni Association Scholarships are:
- Scott D. Miller Leadership Award
- Mildred B. Spencer Memorial Award
- Lewis A. Wells Memorial Scholarship
- Wesley College Alumni Scholarship