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
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 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)

Application Form Download

If you know a student eligible for the YSU Retirees Scholarship, you may download an application form here. The student may return the application form along with the essay, unofficial transcript and three letters of recommendation by February 15 to:

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

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please feel free to contact the YSU Foundation at (330) 941-3156.


2023-24:  Mason P. Ciesielski – Junior, Music Performance ($1,000); Nader I. Kassem – Junior, Civil Engineering ($1,000); Jenna C. Knowles – Senior, Forensic Science & Biology ($1,000); Samantha J. Sloan – Senior, Art Education & Political Science ($1,000)
2022-23:  Shianna M. Gibbons – Junior, Journalism ($1,000); Hunter J. Gladin – Junior, Industrial & Systems Engineering ($1,000); Naomi Marie K. Herman – Junior, Chemical Engineering ($1,000)
2021-22:  Lindsey R. Chludzinski – Senior, Biology ($1,000); Kayla R. Jackson – Senior, Mechanical Engineering ($1,000); Katie M. Stomski – Junior, Biology ($1,000)
2020-21:  Megan E. Frano – Senior, Nursing ($1,000); Stephanie M. Goterba – Senior, Dietetics ($1,000); Justin A. Shaughnessy – Senior, Criminal Justice ($1,000)
2019-20: Venise L. Abell – Graduate, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts ($1,000); Alicia M. Herman – Senior, Political Science/Economics ($1,000); Samuel L. Kulifay – Senior, Biology ($1,000)
2018-19: Bryson J. Stemock – Junior, Mathematics/Physics & Astronomy ($1,000); Laura E. Walker – Junior, Early Childhood Intervention Specialist ($1,000)
2017-18: Diana L. Deehr – Junior, Dental Hygiene ($1,000); Kaitlyn M. Leonelli – Junior, Human Resource Management ($1,000)
2016-17: Quincy Carrier – Junior, Telecommunications & Theater Arts ($750); Jeremy J. Leishman – Junior, Music Education ($750)
2015-16: James W. MacGregor, Jr. – Senior, Middle Childhood Education ($750); Anthony M. Schiraldi – Graduate, Physical Therapy ($750)
2014-15: Sarah M. Maffitt – Senior, Spanish Education ($500); Alyssa J. Sansone – Senior, Exercise Science ($500)
2013-14: Nicholas A. Somerfield – Junior, Mechanical Engineering ($500)