Scholarships - College of Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services scholarships are the result of generous donations of alumni, friends, and families of former students, faculty, and trustees. 

COEHS Programs- College of Education and Human Services programs

SOE- School of Education

SCJ- School of Criminal Justice

SDM- School of Digital Media

Scholarships

(Listed in Alphabetical order by name) 

  • Alphonso Aguirre, a graduate in the early 1940s, met his wife Mary while attending Ferris.  Their children created the scholarship in memory of their parents.  Criteria:  Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the COEHS with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and based on financial need.

  • The College of Education and Human Services Alumni Board annually offers four scholarships.  Members of the Alumni Board evaluate student applications on the basis of their academic records, leadership and service to Ferris State University, and written essays.

  • The late Elizabeth Claucherty, who attended Ferris State University in 1918 and taught for over 40 years, established this scholarship to support business education students.

    Criteria: This scholarship is offered to both part-time and full-time students attending Ferris.

  • The Criminal Justice Annual Scholarship was established by faculty, staff and alumni to assist students in the criminal justice programs.  As a way of giving back to our students, this scholarship continues to work at making a college education affordable.

    Criteria:  Full-time undergraduate student majoring in a Criminal Justice bachelor degree program with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • The Criminal Justice Class of 1983 Scholarship was established by three alum of the criminal justice program (Maria Putt, Tim Murphy and Kris Poleski).  At the behest of one of the members, they established this scholarship to assist students in the program that propelled their careers. 

    Criteria:  Full-time and/or part-time undergraduate student accepted or currently enrolled in a Criminal Justice program with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • Criteria:  Full-time junior or senior undergraduate student majoring in a Criminal Justice program, preference to students living in Kent or Newaygo counties, and minimum 2.5 grade point average.

  • Susan Marie Edwards was an educator who was very interested in science, ecology, and conservation. Her scholarship is designated for academically successful junior or senior science education students, with a 3.0 grade point average that have financial need.  Preference given to those from Antrim County.

  • The Steven Falcone Scholarship for students in the Television and Digital Media Production Program was established in the memory of an outstanding student. 

    Criteria: Junior or senior with a 2.50 grade point average. Student may be part-time or full-time student attending Ferris. 

  • Dr. Earl Gabriel was a renowned Michigan educator and superintendent before he became a trustee of Ferris State University. Mrs. Gabriel established the scholarship in his name to support aspiring educators. 

    Criteria:  Full-time and/or part-time student with sophomore, junior or senior standing in a teacher education program with a 3.0 grade point average.

  • Dr. Edward Griffin was a very popular professor in the Teacher Education program.  The scholarship was created by his family for junior or senior (part-time or full-time) students in a teacher education program with a 2.5 grade point average.

  • Andrew V. Jeffrey (CJ ’99) is a Michigan State Trooper and adjunct professor for the School of Criminal Justice (CJ).  He is a distinguished alumni and Past-President of the College of Education and Human Services Alumni Board.  He established this scholarship for CJ students who are in their junior or senior year, with a 3.5 grade point average and have financial need.

  • Dr. Thomas Johnston was a friend of College of Education and Human Services and its students. His family and friends established this scholarship in his honor for students in their second or third year of college.  Criteria:  COEHS student who is full-time in his/her second year or beyond, with a 3.0 grade point average, and have financial need. 

  • As friends of the College of Education and Human Services, the scholarship was created by his wife to assist full-time undergraduate students in the Criminal Justice programs that have at least a 2.0 grade point average and financial need. 

  • SOE can award to students pursuing a business education degree, in good standing and have financial need. May have part-time or full-time student status. 

  • Mr. and Mrs. Leach are friends of the College of Education and Human Services. As members of the community, they worked closely with the College and established this scholarship to support students in mathematics and science education. 

    Criteria:  Sophomore, junior or senior students (part-time or full-time) with a 3.0 grade point average and financial need.

  • Ryan McCandless, a Criminal Justice graduate, was killed in the line of duty.  His parents, James and Kathy McCandless, created the scholarship in his memory.  Criteria: Full-time sophomore, junior or senior CJ students with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. 

  • Dr. Mary McCorriston Dillon had a dream to develop a world-class child development program for teachers of young children. She realized her dream by establishing the Early Childhood Program at Ferris State University where students in that field can acquire associates and bachelor degrees. This scholarship is for full-time Child Development students that have completed at least two consecutive semesters with a 3.0 grade point average.
  • The scholarship was established by Kathleen and Robert who are longtime supporters of the School of Criminal Justice.  Both serving in the profession, they established the scholarship to assist those desiring a rewarding life as a criminal justice professional.  

    Criteria: Full-time undergraduate student with a minimum 2.5 grade point average and has financial need.  Special consideration to applicants whose hometown is located within Saginaw County, Michigan.

  • Ms. Nagle-Wilson, an alumna of the School of Criminal Justice, was a sworn law enforcement officer who bravely died in the line of duty. This scholarship honors her memory.  Criteria:  Seniors with at least a 3.2 grade point average with financial need.

  • Dr. Terry Nerbonne, Professor Emeriti, is considered one of the Founding Fathers of the Criminal Justice program at Ferris State University.  Serving Ferris students for over 40 years, he continues his work within the School in advising/consulting with the Dean’s Office and works to help recruit and retain students in the program.  This scholarship was established as a legacy for the students in the program he so dearly loves.  Criteria:  Full-time undergraduate majoring in a Criminal Justice bachelor degree program with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. 

  • The W. Marlene O’Hara Scholarship was established in her memory for her work with Criminal Justice students at the Grand Rapids campus.  Marlene was a faculty/advisor at the Grand Rapids campus and loved her work with the criminal justice students.  A close personal friend of one of the Founding Fathers of the program, Dr. Frank Crowe, established this scholarship in her memory.  Criteria:  Full-time undergraduate student in a Criminal Justice program in good standing, and have financial need.

  • Mr. Millard Quinlan and his sister, Ida, were Michigan teachers for over thirty years. In recognition of their excellence in teaching, the Quinlan Scholarship was established for sophomore, junior or senior students with a 3.0 grade point average.  Preference given to students from Luce, Mackinaw and Chippewa Counties.

  • Mr. Walt Ritchie was an Associate Professor in the Technical Education program within the Teacher Education department during the 70s and early 80s.  The scholarship was created by his family and friends to assist Bachelor of Science students in the Technical Education program. 

    Criteria:  Full-time and/or part-time student enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Technical Education or ProMoTEd program with a minimum 2.5 grade point average.   

  • Trevor Slot, a 1993 Ferris graduate, was killed in the line of duty.  Dr. Frank Crowe created the scholarship in Trevor’s honor.  Criteria:  Full-time junior or senior majoring in Criminal Justice with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

  • Dr. George Storm, internationally recognized as a leader in vocational education, taught at Ferris State University in addition to being the Acting Dean of the College of Education, Associate Director of Trade Technical Education, and Coordinator of Occupational Competency Testing. This scholarship honors his many accomplishments and is given to an outstanding student in career and technical education. 

    Criteria:  Full-time and/or part-time fully matriculated student of junior standing with at least a 2.75 GPA.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Trimarco are friends of the College of Education and Human Services. As members of the community, they established this scholarship to support students in their final year in the Law Enforcement Academy.

  • The wife, parents and friends of Dean Whitehead, a 1976 graduate and Lansing police officer, established this scholarship in honor of his memory to sponsor School of Criminal Justice students with a 2.5 grade point average who have financial need.

  • Dr. Scott Whitener, the former Dean of the College of Education, was known throughout Michigan for his commitment to students, innovation, and excellence. He was very active and engaged throughout his career to ensure that Ferris State University students succeed. The scholarship was created in his honor for students in the college who have demonstrated achievement and leadership, and have a 3.0 grade point average.

  • Martin Wozniak is a successful and creative alumnus of the School of Criminal Justice. The scholarship was established for junior or senior students with a 2.5 grade point average that have financial need. 

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