Marion Ballew Thomas Memorial Scholarship
In loving memory of Marion Ballew Thomas, daughter of Wilrina and Nolan Ballew, and devoted sister of Adolph, Catherine, and Charles. This scholarship is for undergraduate students engaged in studies that further the development of their social awareness and analytical skills, awarded to culturally diverse undergraduates who have declared a major or a minor in Ethnic Studies.
Remember when you attended the university and wished there was more you could achieve but the finances weren’t always available? While the Ethnic Studies Department is growing and making a significant impact on students’ lives, our needs remain the same as when you were here. And, we want to improve.
We’d appreciate your help.
The Marion Ballew Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund is one way you can make a positive difference for students following in your footsteps. This scholarship fund provides annual scholarships for undergraduate students engaged in studies furthering the development of their social awareness and analytical skills. Awarded to culturally diverse undergraduates who’ve declared their major or minor in Ethnic Studies, preference will be given to students who need financial help with their tuition and/or who have documented community service and/or are minoring in natural sciences, social sciences, peace studies, education, business or planning and public policy.
You chose to make a difference when you selected Ethnic Studies as your principle area of study. Continue to make that difference by supporting your alma mater and its students, who, like you, also want to make a positive difference with their lives.
Please make a gift online at https://supportuo.uofoundation.org by entering ETHNIC STUDIES in the OTHER designation box, or respond with a “Yes!” when you receive a letter or phone call for the Annual Giving Program.
Open to Ethnic Studies majors and minors, the award is designated for undergraduates engaged in studies that support the development of social awareness and analytical skills. Scholarship applications are accepted once each winter and spring. Students who do not receive the scholarship in winter may apply again in the spring. Students who are awarded this scholarship may apply to renew it for the years following at the University of Oregon. Students who are awarded this scholarship may file an application each year for renewal. Any renewal granted is dependent on income available for scholarships and the number of all applicants.
Preference will be given to students who:
- need financial help with their tuition
- have documented community service
- are majoring or minoring in natural sciences, social sciences, peace studies, education, business, or planning and public policy
Each application must include:
- a short personal statement (2-3 pages) addressing the applicant’s focus of study and relevant community work
- two letters of reference
Applications must be delivered to the Ethnic Studies office by noon, February 14, 2014 for the winter scholarship or noon, April 19, 2014 for the spring scholarship. The winner of the winter scholarship will be announced by Friday, April 14.