UPDATE! We are thrilled to announce that for 2020-2021, our chapter awarded (3) scholarships of $1,700 each- -
the first time in recent memory that we have made 3 awards!
We were able to do this because of contributions from chapter members. Thank you!
GET TO KNOW OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS BELOW!
Our annual scholarship is offered to current Penn State students at any of the 24 campuses from Hampton Roads. We award between $1,000 - $2,000 scholarships each year, based on contributions. Our scholarship committee chair is Donna Anderson Bell, daughter of the late Rose Marie Anderson, for whom the scholarship is named.
Eligibility – A student must live in Hampton Roads, attend a PSU campus, be a member of the sophomore classification or higher, and be in good standing. Scholarships will not be granted to the same student in consecutive years.
Criteria– Applications are reviewed on three criteria. Student's GPA, activities on and off-campus, including community service, and an essay.
Early June – Our Scholarship Chair contacts eligible students (determined by the University)
End of June - Application Due
Mid July - Application Review
End of July - Recipients are notified
Scholarship winners are encouraged to attend our Annual Picnic / Student Send-Off in early August to be recognized.
Our scholarship was originally funded through an endowment contributed by the Anderson family. The merit scholarships are sustained by member contributions.
Please donate to our scholarship by PayPal (below), check, chapter fundraisers, or Amazon Smile (by selecting Penn State Hampton Roads).
Contributions are tax-deductible!
Our chapter is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Contact Alan Keller, chapter treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info..
Kayla is a rising junior in the Smeal College of Business whose major is Human Capital Management. Her campus activities have been extensive and, not surprisingly, several involve two of her interests-- business and the environment. She's involved in the Sapphire Academic Leadership Program and the Nittany Lion Consulting Group, She's a former project manager for the Center for the Business of Sustainability and currently is a director for the non-profit SBU and is also involved in EcoReps, a group of student educators for sustainability on campus. And, you may have heard a friendly greeting from her when she was manning the Welcome Desk.
Like many students, Kayla is involved in THON- her participation is with Sapphire THON and she's a teaching assistant in a management course.
Kayla's winning essay discussed the challenge she faced as she came to realize that her interest in business was being eclipsed by an interest in the environment, social issues and government and she began to doubt whether there was a place for her in business. That changed with a pivotal and non-traditional management class where she discovered a social and ethical side to business where she could thrive.
Kayla wrote, "Without the opportunity to take MGMT 397 and work with (Professor Augustus Colangelo), not only would I more than likely not pursue a business degree, but I might have even left Penn State. His classes have given me real life experience and have forever shaped my opinion of management."
Halie, a rising sophomore with a Biomedical Engineering major, began her volunteer and leadership positions as soon as she arrived on campus. A member of the Freshmen Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma, Halie participated in WEPO, the Women in Engineering Program Orientation, before her freshman classes began and continued in an envoy leadership role in 2020. She also participated in the Society of Women Engineers activities. She was a Homecoming captain on the court relations committee and helped with THON through her involvement with the OPPerations Committee.
It was that involvement with THON that has made the most impact on Halie so far at PSU. Halie's perspective came not from participating on the more glamourous dance floor side of THON, but from behind the scenes. From taking out the garbage cans. From wiping the floor clean. From cleaning the bathrooms. From setting up and breaking down equipment that no one sees or notices. This was the view Halie had for 20 hours as a participant on the OPPerations Committee, to which she was introduced by her student mentor in Women in Engineering Program Orientation.
In her essay she described the reward of being a part of something larger than herself, particularly since she and her family have all been affected by cancer through her father's three year struggle with colon cancer.
Halie wrote, "Assisting the functioning of THON in such a minimal way affected my life in countless ways. Fighting for a cure that has affected my father and millions of children and adults... is incredibly rewarding. I will continue to participate in THON throughout my years at Penn State. My love for Penn State has been thoroughly increased through participation in THON."
Evelyn is a rising sophomore with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a biochemistry option. With a freshman overall GPA of 3.82, it's not surprising that she was a member of the Biochemistry Society and the Phi SIgma Rho Engineering/STEM Sorority. She was busy in non-academic pursuits as well, as the STEM sorority's intramural sports chair and she was involved with the Red Cross. She anticipates returning as a volunteer at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center over winter break, where she volunteered for the past 3 summers.
Evelyn plans to go to medical school and one day be part of a team of researchers devoted to finding a cure. She's starting early with scientific experimentation. If she were a painter, one might say Evelyn enjoys painting outside the lines. At Penn State, Microbiology 203 gave her the freedom to branch away from the typical lab manuals and assigned text books and further explore the sciences on her own path. She learned she was passionate about designing experiments without step by step instructions.
In her essay to the judges, Evelyn wrote, "The influence of this self-driven lab course motivated me to continue on my path towards helping the community and finding a solution to the world’s health issues. I look forward to engaging in more courses that allow me to learn through experimentation, similar to Microbiology 203, over the next three years."
Adria, who dreams of becoming an astronaut, is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering major and expects to graduate in 2022. She was as a mentee in the Women in Engineering Program Orientation and now serves an an envoy and participates in “WEPO Wednesdays”, the LionTech Rocket Lab and Pep band. She also volunteers with Fresh START as a team leader and is involved in fundraising and the outreach board for E-house-THON.
The most significant impact on Adria’s academics and student involvement actually came before her very first class. She’d been invited to attend the Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO). The decision to attend the orientation led her to meet other freshmen engineering students, participate in team building exercises and to be introduced to campus and State College. It also included professional workshops that introduced the students to business practices including resume writing, career fairs, networking with engineering professionals and even dining etiquette. After being seated with a representative from GE Aviation at a networking dinner, she received a job offer, which she accepted.
In her scholarship essay, Adria wrote that because of her continued involvement with the Women in Engineering Program Orientation, “I have been influenced to continue striving towards my dream of being an aerospace engineer and hopefully an astronaut, because giving up would mean losing that dream which could be worth all the hard times of engineering at Penn State
Kristen, a sophomore marketing major in the Smeal College of Business, graduated with high honors from York High School’s International Baccalaureate Program. She expects to graduate in 2022.
An avid ice skater, Kristen competed in local and world competitions as a junior skater. She continues to skate with the Penn State Figure Skating Club, which took third place in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s intercollegiate competition. Kristen’s community service includes the Tri-State THON organization where she serves as vice-president this year. She is also involved in intramural sports leagues.
In her application essay, Kristen wrote that the class or program that’s had the most influence on her at Penn State was a sociology class. Admittedly, she took the class to fulfill a general education requirement but never expected it to have a long-lasting effect. While the course covered different relationships within the family, she discovered that many of the themes she learned- especially involving communication- could be applied in the business world as well. She wrote, “if I apply what I learned in SOC 30, I believe that I can connect with people because it would be easier to understand their point of view or perspective… in marketing and business.”
The class had such a profound effect on her that Kristen is considering adding a sociology minor to her marketing major.
Taiylor is a rising sophomore Music Education major who expects to graduate May 2021. She is involved in Jazz Educators Club, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, PSU Symphonic Band and PSU Saxophone Ensemble. Her volunteer activity revolves around THON- specifically Encore Benefitting THON.
Her Music 40 class, a first-year seminar class for music education students, had the most significant impact on her academics so far. Even though she was confident that she wanted to become a music educator, it was exposure to older students and professors from different emphasis groups plus general and high school music teachers in Music 40 that helped her decide that she wants to teach high school band classes. That decision helped her focus her studies toward reaching that specific goal.
In addition, Taiylor credits the course with not only putting her on a specific career path but also enabling her to develop a network of friends who support each other in their music education endeavors and social life as well.
Taiylor wrote in her scholarship essay, “Being in my Music 40 seminar class and hearing the stories from different professors and students helped solidify the fact that I want to teach and help shape the lives of children through music.”
Kerriana is a rising junior with a triple major in the College of Liberal Arts: Political Science, Criminology, and African American studies. She is the Founder and President of Hope Here Hope Now (August 2017-Present), PSU’s first organization dedicated to combatting sex trafficking, Vice President of the National Council of Negro Women (historian last year) and is Public Relations Chair for the Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association. In the community, she volunteered as a legislative/policy intern for the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative and interned for various local political campaigns.
The biggest impact on Kerriana’s academic career so far comes from her Criminology 012 course. It’s why she added Criminology as a third major. The class brought a new perspective to her thinking about why people commit crimes—in particular, the impact of environment on criminal activity. She initially thought that environment dooms some to failure. She came to understand that doesn’t have to be the case. Kerriana says that understanding changed the way she treats her own relationships. “Just because someone grew up in a bad environment doesn’t mean I can’t be the person to change their scenery,” she wrote.
In her scholarship essay she concluded, “I’m pretty sure I won’t stop all crime with this tactic, but having the skills of understanding, patience, and compassion, will definitely reflect a positive change in you and the people around you. You never really know how much of an influence you might be in someone’s life, so be a good one.”