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).
W. R. Thacher Memorial
The William R. Thacher Memorial Scholarship is designated as a general academic award. This endowment was created by the Shepherd University Foundation, along with friends and family of William "Pappy" Thacher, who served as the Foundation's first president after retiring from his 38-year career as a professor of Economics and Director of Extension at Shepherd University. He remained in his role aspresident of the Foundation from its inception in 1961 until his death in 1972. Thacher Hall is named in his honor.
Walker Horton Shipley Music Scholarship
The Walker Horton Shipley Music Scholarship is designated for students pursuing studies in the area of music. This endowed fund was established in 2010 by Mary Jane Shipley in memory of her late husband. Walker Horton Shipley was the father of Shepherd University president, Suzanne Shipley. A WWII vet and personnel manager who founded the human resources development firm Man Alive, Mr. Shipley enjoyed many hobbies but was always happiest when playing or listening to music.
Walter A. Barr & J. Michael Jacobs Endowed Football Scholarship
The Walter A. Barr and J. Michael Jacobs Endowed Football Scholarship is designated in support of the football program and scholarships. It was created by the Ram Gridiron club chair Al Lueck and his wife, Sara, to honor two former football coaches: Walter Barr '62 and Dr. J. Michael Jacobs.
Washington County, MD Homemakers Scholarship
The Washington County Homemakers Scholarship is designated as a general academic award for students from Washington County, MD, who display financial need. This endowment was created by the Washington County Homemakers Club, whose philanthropic efforts date back to 1922. Special preference for this award is given to members of the club or descendants or dependents of a Washington County Homemaker.
Washington County, MD Student Scholarship
The Washington County, MD Student Scholarship is designated as a general academic award for students from Washington County, MD, who display financial need. This endowment was created by Captain J. Maury Werth, a veteran of the United States Navy. He was inspired to establish it after a chance meeting with a young woman in a supermarket whose ambition to attend Shepherd University's nursing program impressed him enough to help pay her tuition.
Watson Family Endowment for the Shepherd University Scarborough Library
The Watson Family Endowment for the Shepherd University Scarborough Library is designated as program support for Shepherd's Scarborough Library. This deferred endowment was established in 2018 by Dr. James A. Watson, who enjoyed a 37-year career in university fundraising and development before his retirement in 2017. Among the higher education institutions he served is Shepherd University, where he held the role of vice president for institutional advancement for 10 years. He is a charter member of the Joseph P. McMurran Society, which recognizes alumni and friends who have chosen to support Shepherd through estate and other planned gifts. As a social studies major at Shepherd College from 1964 through 1967, Dr. Watson took every history course offered by Professor Ruth Scarborough, who also served as his advisor until her retirement in 1966. After leaving Shepherd to serve in the Air Force for four years, Dr. Watson returned to college in 1972, earning his undergraduate degree in social studies and his master's and PhD in History from West Virginia University. The notes he had taken under Dr. Scarborough proved invaluable throughout a teaching fellowship during his PhD candidacy. Dr. Watson's studies led him to spend a lot of time in libraries over the years and they hold a special place in his heart. It was this love of libraries that led him to establish the Watson Family Endowment for the Shepherd University Scarborough Library, saying, "Libraries are the center of a college, yet they always seem to be one of the first programs for which funding is cut." The Watson Family Endowment is named in honor of Dr. Watson's family. He notes that his mother grew up during the Great Depression and had only an 8th grade education, but was the smartest person he ever knew. “She read everything and she made sure that my brother and I knew the value of an education that began with reading, spelling, and writing," he said. "She had us in libraries by the time we were five years old.” Likewise, Dr. Watson feels it’s poignant that his gift will support a library that happens to be named after his former advisor and mentor.
West Virginia Society of DC Scholarship
The West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C. Book Scholarship is designated as a general academic award to residents of West Virginia, alternating between male and female recipients. This endowment was created by the West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C. through grants, which were matched by the Shepherd University Foundation. Founded in 1914, the stated mission of the West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C. is "to foster and encourage a fraternal spirit among the West Virginians of the national capitol" in a non-partisan manner.
Will Pindell Memorial Scholarship
The Will Pindell Memorial Scholarship is designated for student athletes on the Shepherd University Men's Tennis Team. This annually funded award was established in 2016 by Kelly Colbert ’87 and Craig Kershner ’88 in memory of their close friend and Shepherd alumnus, Will Pindell '86. The three classmates had graduated from Jefferson High School together in 1982 and remained close friends throughout college and beyond. After lettering in tennis in high school, Will continued to play for Shepherd as a member of the Men’s Tennis Team. He graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in business administration. Wishing to keep Will’s memory alive after his untimely passing in January 2016, Kelly and Craig decided to establish a student scholarship in memory of their friend at his alma mater.
William "Bill" Cline Library Fund
The William "Bill" Cline Memorial Library Fund is designated for the purchase of books selected by Shepherd University's social work and sociology departments for use in the Scarborough Library. This endowment was established in 1991 in memory of Bill Cline '80 by his classmate and friend, Cheryl Gilbert.
William E. and Jo Ann Jackson Knode Scholarship
The William E. and Jo Ann Jackson Knode Scholarship is designated as a general academic award. This endowment was established in 2006 by longtime Shepherdstown residents William '58 and Jo Ann Jackson '58 Knode. Bill is a member of the Shepherd University board of directors and a member of its investment committee.