Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics

Departmental Scholarships

Faculty in the Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics award a number of scholarships to continuing students in the spring of each year. The amount of each award, which varies from year to year, is credited toward the student’s tuition costs for the following year. Students may apply for more than one scholarship a year if they have the necessary qualifications.

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Religion

The Robert B. Dorris, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

  • Purpose: Robert Dorris graduated from Wright State in 1986, with a major in Religion. After his death in 2003, his parents established this scholarship to honor his memory and to foster discussion about religion, particularly LGBT issues.
  • Eligibility: All Religion majors and minors
  • Criteria: Best Essay
  • Length: Approximately 5-7 pages, double-spaced.
  • Topic of Essay: Open. Applicants may submit an essay written for a recent Religion course or write an original essay for this contest.
  • Evaluation of Essays: The Religion Department faculty will determine the best essay, considering:
    • Academic Substance.  The essay presents issues and evidence and not merely personal opinion.
    • Logical development. The essay articulates and elaborates a thesis that is then supported by careful arguments.
    • Appropriate documentation. The essay provides support for the assertions it makes.
    • Quality of the Writing.  The essay strives for both clarity and elegance in presentation.
  • Application Process: Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website.

The Gregory Burdette Heuser Memorial Scholarship

  • Purpose: Greg Heuser graduated magna cum laude from Wright State in 1976, with a major in Religion. After his death in 2003, his parents established this scholarship to honor his memory.
  • Eligibility: All Religion majors and minors
  • Criteria: Financial need and academic accomplishment
  • Application Process:  Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website.

Wright State University Hillel Organization Scholarship

  • Purpose: Kim and Shelley Goldenberg have established a scholarship through the Dayton Jewish Federation Foundation. Its purpose is to financially assist Wright State University students who participate in Hillel Campus Activities. 
  • Eligibility: All students who participate in Hillel Campus Activities, from any college and any major.
  • Criteria: Scholarship recipients must be full-time undergraduate students, with an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and be active in Hillel campus activities. 
  • Application Process: Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website. Students may also apply directly by submitting a letter of application to Prof. Mark Verman, Zusman Chair of Judaic Studies. In the letter, discuss the Hillel campus activities that you have organized or participated in during the past year. These can either be events here at Wright State or Hillel events at other campuses. Additionally, suggest future events that you would like to see Wright State’s Hillel sponsor.

Philosophy

Erik C. Banks Memorial Scholarship

  • Purpose: Erik C. Banks, professor in the Department of Philosophy, joined with WSU faculty in 2006. Following his sudden death in 2017, his family generously endowed this scholarship as a lasting tribute to his memory.
  • Eligibility: All Philosophy majors and minors
  • Criteria: Financial need and academic achievement
  • Application Process: Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website.

The Ronald F. Hough Endowed Scholarship

  • Purpose: Ronald Hough served as the Chair of the Wright State Philosophy Department for 29 years. On his retirement, this scholarship was established in recognition of his extraordinary service.
  • Eligibility: All Philosophy majors
  • Criteria: This is a merit-based scholarship recognizing academic accomplishment
  • Application Process: Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website.

Classics

The Janice J. Gabbert Classics Scholarship

  • Purpose: Jan Gabbert served as chair of the Department of Classics for almost 20 years. After her retirement in 2004, this scholarship was established to honor her many years of service.
  • Eligibility: All Classics majors
  • Criteria: Financial need; special consideration to students pursuing academic opportunities such as study abroad.
  • Application Process: Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website.

The William and Cynthia King Endowed Scholarship

  • Purpose: Bill and Cynthia King taught for over 35 years in the Classics Department. After their retirement in 2002, this scholarship was established to honor their many years of service.
  • Eligibility: All Classics majors
  • Criteria: This is a merit-based scholarship recognizing academic accomplishment
  • Application Process: Interested students should follow the application instructions on the RaiderConnect website.

 


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