While the Foundation administers certain aspects of the privately funded scholarships, it does not award them. To learn more about the scholarship award process, please contact the Shepherd Financial Aid Office at [email protected] (Include student ID and name).
Elizabeth J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
The Elizabeth J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship is designated for students majoring in history. This deferred endowment was created in 2012 by Clarence and Delores Burdette in memory of their beloved only granddaughter, Elizabeth, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 28. A National Merit Finalist, Elizabeth was a student at Shepherd at the time of her death and had planned to pursue her Ph.D. in history.
Elizabeth R. Tabler Scholarship
The Elizabeth R. Tabler Scholarship is designated for students majoring in elementary or secondary education. This endowment was created by David Tabler in memory of his mother, who graduated from Shepherd in 1939 with a degree in secondary education, and again in 1940 with a degree in elementary education. After her death, David fulfilled his mother's wish to help young people with financial need attend college by establishing a scholarship in her memory.
Elizabeth S. Lowe Scholarship
The Elizabeth S. Lowe Scholarship is designated for juniors or seniors studying historic preservation or other areas in the history field. This endowment was established in 2003 by Mrs. Lowe, a 1952 graduate of Shepherd College.
Elizabeth Thornburg Brown Memorial Scholarship
The Elizabeth Thornburg Brown Memorial Scholarship is designated for mathematics, English, science, or nursing majors. This endowed fund was established by Roland Brown for his wife, Elizabeth, who graduated from Shepherd in 1953.
Elizabeth Wilson Scholarship
The Elizabeth S. Wilson Scholarship is designated as a general academic award for students residing in Berkeley, Jefferson, or Morgan Counties in the Eastern Pandhandle of West Virginia. This endowment was created in 1979 by Mrs. Wilson to support deserving Shepherd students who hold a cumulative GPA of 2.0+ and display financial need.
Ella May Turner Scholarship
Ella May Turner made a bequest in her will that upon her death (in 1957) the income from the trust that she had established with Old National Bank in Martinsburg, West Virginia be sent to Shepherd University to fund annual scholarships. The award is designated for recipients displaying scholastic ability and financial need.
Elmer F. Keebler Memorial Scholarship
The Elmer F. Keebler Memorial Scholarship is designated as a general academic award. This endowment was established by Dr. Lee Keebler, a 1960 graduate of Shepherd and retired professor of its English department, in memory of his father.
Elsie Brown and Joseph J. Renn Memorial Scholarship
The Elsie Brown and Joseph J. Renn Memorial Scholarship is designated for biological science majors. This endowment was created by Joseph J. Renn, III, M.D. '60 in honor of his parents Elsie '23, '51 and Joseph Renn.
In December 2015, the BrickStreet Foundation made a generous and transformational gift of $500,000 to endow the BrickStreet Scholars scholarship program (now the Encova Scholarship) through the Shepherd University Foundation. Since 2005, Encova (formerly BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company) has been assisting West Virginia workers and employers by improving the medical and compensation benefits for workers who are injured on the job while reducing costs for employers. The Encova Scholarship will provide ten scholarships each year into perpetuity. Some of the awards are designated for the children or grandchildren of workers who have experienced work related injury or death, while others are designated for students whose parents or grandparents are Encova employees. Half of the scholarships will be awarded as general scholarships based on financial need and grades. If no students meet the Encova family relationship criteria, awards roll over to the general scholarship category, with special preference will be given to students majoring in math, nursing or education. Encova facilitates the award selection process through a scholarship committee made up of Encova employees and Shepherd University representatives.
Erma Ora Byrd Memorial Scholarship
The Erma Ora Byrd Memorial Scholarship is designated for students majoring in nursing. This endowed fund was established by PrimeCare Medical, Inc. in 2007 to honor the memory of Senator Robert Byrd's wife on the occasion of the dedication of the new nursing facility at Shepherd.