Endowed Scholarship Created in Memory of Patricia Getson

Nov. 7, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The spirit and legacy of long-time University of St. Francis (USF) employee, Patricia Getson, will live on through an endowed scholarship created in her memory by William “Bill” ’82 and Trish (Banks ’83) Bellah.

Getson was a dedicated and joyful employee in the USF Athletics department for 35 years.

“Pat served the university with respect, integrity and unbelievable compassion,” remarked Athletic Director Dave Laketa.

Getson was a kind, generous co-worker, according to Laketa, and she most enjoyed interacting with the students she encountered daily. The Bellahs felt it was important to create a scholarship in Getson’s memory because of the impact she had on their lives as undergraduates and several years later as alumni.

“Pat’s passion and genuine love for the school and all the students that attended, along with her constant smile and heartfelt enthusiasm, was something that made us feel a true part of the St. Francis family,” recalled Bill Bellah.

The Patricia Getson Endowed Scholarship will be awarded yearly to the two junior students who have a financial need and demonstrate a strong commitment to the university and the community it serves. A committee including Trish Bellah, the director of University Ministry, director of Student Life and a counselor from Financial Aid Services will come together to choose two students who “live the Franciscan mission daily, just as Pat did.”

For information about available scholarships at the University of St. Francis. Please visit stfrancis.edu/giving/scholarships.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.