Sheryl Paul Endowed Scholarship
- Applicants must be transfer students.
- Be admitted to the University of St. Francis as a full-time transfer student.
- Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3:00 or above.
- The Sheryl A. Paul ’70 Endowed Scholarship was established on 6/18/2009. Having worked at the University of St. Francis for 38 years from June 20, 1970 to May 31, 2008, Sheryl was a dedicated USF Admissions employee. She was a hard-working colleague, a USF alumnus and a mentor to so many. The USF community has chosen to memorialize Sheryl with this scholarship and a rose garden surrounding the Grotto on the Quad. The rose garden was chosen to memorialize Sheryl’s deep faith. She was born on March 25, the feast of Mary’s Annunciation and died on May 31, the feast of Mary’s visitation. It is fitting to memorialize Sheryl with roses, a symbol of faith.
John and Margaret Plese Scholarship
- Awarded to students of Hispanic heritage living in Will County; applicant must complete the FAFSA and show an estimated contribution of $4,000 or less for the academic year in question; must be working on or off-campus to help pay for their education (to be verified by 2 pay stubs); award amount varies with a maximum of $2,000; student must maintain a 2.5 GPA to receive the scholarship in subsequent years; funds may be used for tuition, fees, books or required supplies.
- This scholarship was established in 2008 by Dr. John C. Orr and Mrs. Madonna Orr to honor Madonna’s parents, John and Margaret Plese.
Christine Poole Ponquinette Scholarship
- Awarded annually to an undergraduate junior or senior majoring in social work or a graduate student. Awards are based upon academic excellence, financial need, and an interview with the Social Work Department Scholarship Committee. An application must be submitted.
- Dr. Christine Ponquinette and her friend and co-worker, Dr. James McCabe, were founders of the Social Work program at the College of St. Francis in the early 1970’s. Dr. McCabe provided the research component to the program and Dr. Ponquinette contributed with her practicum skills and placement options for the social work internship. They nurtured the successful growth of the Social Work program to meet the challenges presented by the Council of Social Work Education. This scholarship was established in 1995.
Sister Joan Preising Endowed Scholarship
- Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in the natural sciences or mathematics with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need.
Sister Joan M. Preising gave her life to teaching. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate of Joliet in 1921 because she wanted to be a teacher. She took her vows in 1924 and began teaching at the College of St. Francis. She traveled a bit and taught elsewhere, but she returned in 1940 to spend the majority of her teaching career at St. Francis. Sister Joan taught chemistry for a total of 29 years and an anonymous alumna honored her with this scholarship in 1997.