YSU Retirees Scholarship


As retired YSU faculty and staff, each of us knows how important it is to make a difference in a student’s life. Whether an encouraging word or a challenge to do better, shaping students has always been who we are. In 2012 the Youngstown State University Retirees Association (YSURA) Board of Directors embarked on a campaign to establish a scholarship endowment to continue our tradition of support for YSU students. During the first fundraising drive, the initial goal of raising $10,000 was surpassed more than twofold, and an endowment was established through the YSU Foundation. The principal will be intact in perpetuity, and the scholarship will be awarded annually based on the income generated from the endowment.

Endowment Agreement

The Endowment Agreement between the YSURA and the Youngstown Foundation can be viewed here.

Make a Donation

To increase the number of scholarships and/or amount awarded to students each year, we would like to raise additional money for the endowment.  To make a donation, please send your check (payable to the YSU Foundation) to the following address:

YSU Retirees Scholarship #97336
c/o YSU Foundation
655 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH  44502

Your donation will help ensure a bright future for many well-deserving students for generations to come.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.7 for undergraduate and 3.0 for graduate degree applicants at YSU
  • Junior or senior student with a declared major or graduate student pursuing a degree
  • Extra-curricular activities, special accomplishments, work experience and need may also be considered

Application Requirements

  • Online application submitted by the February 15 deadline
  • Essay of approximately 500 words titled “My YSU Experience”
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a faculty member in a course you have taken in your major)
  • Unofficial transcript (available from the YSU portal)

Application Form

The application form for the YSU Retirees Scholarship is available here.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, email ysuretirees@gmail.com.


2024-2025:  Crystal Lin – Social Work & Spanish ($1,500), John W. Miller IV – Nursing ($1,500), and Rozelynn C. White – Finance ($1,500)

2023-2024:  Mason P. Ciesielski – Music Performance ($1,000), Nader I. Kassem – Civil Engineering ($1,000), Jenna C. Knowles – Forensic Science & Biology ($1,000), and Samantha J. Sloan – Art Education & Political Science ($1,000)

2022-2023:  Shianna M. Gibbons – Journalism ($1,000), Hunter J. Gladin – Industrial & Systems Engineering ($1,000), and Naomi Marie K. Herman – Chemical Engineering ($1,000)

2021-2022:  Lindsey R. Chludzinski – Biology ($1,000), Kayla R. Jackson – Mechanical Engineering ($1,000), and Katie M. Stomski – Bioloy ($1,000)

2020-2021:  Megan E. Frano – Nursing ($1,000), Stephanie M. Goterba – Dietetics ($1,000), and Justin A. Shaughnessy – Criminal Justice ($1,000)

2019-2020: Venise L. Abell – Interdisciplinary Visual Arts ($1,000), Alicia M. Herman – Political Science/Economics ($1,000), and Samuel L. Kulifay – Biology ($1,000)

2018-2019: Bryson J. Stemock – Physics & Astronomy ($1,000) and Laura E. Walker – Early Childhood Intervention Specialist ($1,000)

2017-2018: Diana L. Deehr – Dental Hygiene ($1,000) and Kaitlyn M. Leonelli – Human Resource Management ($1,000)

2016-2017: Quincy Carrier –Telecommunications & Theater Arts ($750) and Jeremy J. Leishman – Music Education ($750)

2015-2016: James W. MacGregor, Jr. – Middle Childhood Education ($750) and Anthony M. Schiraldi – Physical Therapy ($750)

2014-2015: Sarah M. Maffitt – Spanish Education ($500) and Alyssa J. Sansone – Exercise Science ($500)

2013-2014: Nicholas A. Somerfield – Mechanical Engineering ($500)