Student Employee Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships and Awards

Please review the descriptions and requirements of all the scholarships and special recognition awards listed. Remember you are a vital part of our team. Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your applications this spring.


  • Adapted Recreation Scholarship
    This scholarship recognizes a student's participation in adapted recreational and competitive sports while attending Wright State University. A separate application form is required for this award and may be obtained by contacting the offices of Campus Recreation or Disability Services.
  • Barnes & Noble Scholarship
    Barnes & Noble at Wright State University is pleased to provide a quarterly scholarship to the Student Union Scholarship Fund. The student employees of the Student Union, Event Services, and Campus Recreation staffs provide an outstanding service to Wright State University and the many guests that attend events in the Student Union. Their many long hours and dedication to excellence are greatly appreciated.
  • Eric P. Bigler Endowed Scholarship
    The Eric P. Bigler Endowed Scholarship recognizes a Student Union Offices student employee who exhibits the characteristics of commitment, leadership, and initiative. The scholarship will be given to a student who currently works at least part-time to fund his or her education and demonstrates community involvement, drive and commitment, as well as the ability to overcome adversities.
  • Lorna G. Dawes Achievement Award
    This scholarship, named after Lorna Dawes, former director of the Wright State University Center from 1981-1992, is given each year to the student employee whose commitment, academic performance, initiative, and extracurricular involvement exceed the Achievement Award criteria.
  • Dorothy Ward Hayes Scholarship
    This scholarship is given to a student enrolled in nursing or a related field who also meets the Student Union and Campus Recreation Achievement Award criteria. It was endowed in 1993 by Mr. Jim Hayes in memory of his mother who dedicated her life to serving her family and the community.
  • Madrigal Dinner Scholarship
    Two scholarships are awarded to outstanding Music students who perform in the annual December program.
  • Morris Family Scholarship
    Recognizing the need for scholarship support for continuing students at the university, the Morris Family Scholarship was established to assist a continuing student who has achieved sophomore status, maintains a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and contributes to Student Union and Event Services and Campus Recreation volunteer programs and services as a student employee.
  • Shepard Family Endowed Scholarship
    The Shepard Family Scholarship was established to provide recognition and support for a continuing first-year student who demonstrates strong leadership potential as a student employee for the Student Union and Event Services or Campus Recreation. Created through a gift from alumni Bill and Cyndi Shepard, the fund is their way of showing appreciation for the impact that Wright State University and the Student Union have had on their lives. During Bill's 23 year tenure with the Student Union he enjoyed nothing more than giving student staff opportunities to test and grow their leadership capabilities. The Shepard Family Scholarship is for those who embrace the opportunities that are laid before them.
  • Student Union Offices Achievement Awards
    The awards were created in 1992 through the fund-raising efforts of student employees of the then University Center. As always, the number and amounts of awards are determined by annual fund-raising efforts.

Special Recognition Awards

The following non-monetary awards are given each year to recognize outstanding achievements. Recipients are nominated by the Student Union and Campus Recreation Staff.

  • Elizabeth Dixon Award
    Our most prestigious award is given in honor of Elizabeth Dixon, the founding director of the University Center from 1968-1981. The award recognizes an undergraduate student, graduate student, or alumnus whose notable programmatic or operational accomplishments exemplify the spirit of volunteer service which is vital to the mission of the Student Union.
  • Kenneth L. Knight Award
    The award is given in honor of Ken Knight, director of Intramural and Recreational Sports from 1969-1993. It is presented to recognize an outstanding Campus Recreation student employee or volunteer who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to developing and administrating recreation pursuits at Wright State University.
  • Katherine W. Morris Award
    The award recognizes the programmatic accomplishments of a student employee, volunteer or alumnus whose initiative and professional help to further the educational mission of the Student Union. It is given in honor of Kathy Morris who served the Student Union in various capacities form 1983 to 1997 and is now the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.