Education Scholarships/Funds

Education Scholarships/Funds

Beginning with the 2014-15 award year, the ECSU Foundation will make its resources, previously awarded as “Competitive Scholarships”, directly available to the Office of Financial Aid. Students are no longer required to fill in an application. Thank you.

Dr. Jacqueline A. Abbott Scholarship

This endowed fund was established by Dr. Abbott and her friends and colleagues upon her retirement to honor the more than 30 years of service that she had provided to Eastern’s community. This scholarship is awarded to nontraditional students in good academic standing and with academic promise who would benefit from special financial assistance and who wish to pursue a career in the field of education.

Dr. Juliette P. Burstermann Scholarship

To honor the late Dr. Juliette P. Burstermann, Eastern professor emerita, Margaret S. Wilson and friends established this endowed scholarship in 1991. When Dr. Burstermann joined the staff of Willimantic Teachers College, now Eastern Connecticut State University, in 1948, she became the first African American college professor in New England. Dr. Burstermann was the first chairperson of the elementary education department and was known as a consummate professional who gave her absolute best to her students. Awarded to an education major demonstrating academic promise and financial need.

Class of 1959 Scholarship

Built by contributions from members of the Class of 1959 following their 50th reunion, this scholarship is for a student majoring in Elementary Education, in good academic standing and with financial need, who is intending to teach at the elementary or middle school level.

Curran Family Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by Professor Emerita Ann Curran in 2000, in honor of the following members of her family: Eugene E. Curran, Sr.; Winifred Moriarty Curran, a member of the Class of 1912; and Eugene E. Curran, Jr. This scholarship is awarded annually to assist nontraditional students returning to school and majoring in elementary education.

Dr. Robert W. Dolph Scholarship Award

The family and friends of the late Dr. Robert W. Dolph, a former Eastern professor of education, established this memorial-endowed scholarship in 1996. The scholarship is awarded annually to an education major who shows academic promise and who will benefit from financial assistance. Preference is given to students with a specialty in early childhood or elementary education.

Carleton P. and Teresa H. James Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2007 by Teresa H. James ’49 to honor her late husband, Carleton P. James. The recipient of this award will be a student in good academic standing (preferably above a 3.0 GPA), majoring in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and preferably from Windham County. The student must be an in-state resident.

Linda Alapi Juras Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of Linda Juras with a gift from the estate of her surviving husband Michael, directed to Eastern through their daughter, Lisa Girard, and her husband James P. Girard ’97.  Mrs. Juras received both her bachelor’s (’71) and master’s (’76) degrees in Early Childhood Education at Eastern, and taught first grade for more than 35 years at Lyme Consolidated School, where she was named a Connecticut Teacher of the Year.  Each recipient must be an Early Education or Elementary Education major or minor in good academic standing, with unmet financial need.

Earle M. Lacey Scholarship

Family, friends and classmates of Earle M. Lacey ’51, established this scholarship in 1999. This endowed fund is awarded annually to a student majoring in education who works to improve the lives of those in economically challenged communities. The recipient must be in good academic standing and demonstrate unmet financial need.

Dorothy Gardiner Lackman ’67 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

was established in December 2014 by the Lackman children to assist education majors at Eastern while establishing an appropriate legacy for their mother, who passed away in 2009. After graduating from Eastern, Dorothy began her teaching career in the Eastford School System.  She started working at the only pre-school in her hometown of Ashford, Pompey Hollow Nursery School, around 1970, and was credited with introducing Montessori materials into a traditional nursery school environment.

Ann W. McMann ’21 Endowed Scholarship Fund 

This scholarship was established in November 2017 from a disbursement from the Estate of Jacqueline M. Holbrook, her daughter who died in July 2016.  Ms. Holbrook and Ms. McMann were both educators.  Recipients must be Connecticut residents, at least sophomores majoring in Education, and in good academic standing.

Meehan & Daughters Real Estate and Development Endowed Scholarship

William Meehan ’65/’70 and Virginia Meehan ’68 established this endowed scholarship in 1997 in honor of William J. and Irene Meehan, and Hazel and Stanley Sheldon, Sr. It is awarded to a junior who has a minimum GPA of 2.9, has good academic promise, and unmet financial need. The donors ask that the student be from Windham, Willimantic, or surrounding areas, majoring in education, business or English, and have an interest in Canadian or Irish studies.

NRY Scholarship

In 1994, this scholarship was established to benefit future teachers as well as honor three long-time Eastern education faculty members–Professors Joe Narotsky, David Rand, and Ralph Yulo. This award is made annually to promising students in the field of education.

Rogers Endowed Teaching Scholarship

Awarded to a junior in any undergraduate major preparing to teach in elementary or middle school (grades 1 through 9), and with a course concentration in the sciences, this endowed scholarship was launched in 2000 by Emerita Professor Mary Rogers Beckert, a longtime member of the Physical Sciences faculty. She passed away in 2010.

SBM Charitable Foundation Early Childhood Education Endowed Scholarship Fund

The SBM Charitable Foundation Early Childhood Education Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 to provide Early Childhood Education majors with tuition scholarships.

Victoria Leigh Soto ’08 Memorial Endowed Scholarship

On December 14, 2012, Victoria Leigh Soto ’08 lost her life protecting the children in her first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, from an assailant who shot and killed 20 children and seven adults that day. Victoria was a dean’s list student while she attended Eastern as an elementary education and history double major. Her dream job was to teach and nurture young children in the primary grades. She died protecting those children. Eastern started this scholarship in honor of Victoria and her heroism, to support students studying to be teachers who have unmet financial need.

Frances Karlyn Zittel Endowed Award

This award was established in 1999 through a bequest from the estate of the late Captain Karl O. A. Zittel, USCG-Ret. This bequest established an endowment in memory of the captain’s daughter, Frances Karlyn Zittel, who predeceased him. Proceeds of the endowment will be used to support scholarship assistance for students pursuing a degree in the field of education, as well as for other programs that foster success for current Eastern students.