Governor John J. Gilligan

Gilligan Public Service Scholarships

The 2015 Gilligan Public Service Scholarship application is now available! Download the application here. The application and all supporting documents must be received by March 13 at 5:00 pm.

The Gilligan Public Service Scholarship was established to honor the public service legacy of former Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan. Two scholarships are awarded annually to Xavier students who demonstrate their commitment to public service.

There is a long history of the Gilligan family at Xavier. The Governor's father was Xavier's first men's basketball coach and was one of the six initial lay members of the University's Board of Trustees. After returning from WWII, Governor Gilligan took his first job teaching literature at the University. He later ran for Cincinnati City Council and won. He also served in Congress before becoming Governor. We continue to honor his legacy after his passing in 2013.

Congratulations to our 2014 winners, Juniors Toyan Harper Jr. and Meredith Francis! Toyan is a Political Science major and Meredith is an English and Philosophy, Politics, and the Public major. Toyan and Meredith have both worked in the offices of U.S. Senators and have volunteered on election campaigns.

Where Are Our Past Winners Now?

2013 Winners

Peter Shipley graduated as a Political Science major in Xavier's class of 2014. Peter is involved in public service and electoral politics. Peter worked as an XU campus organizer for President Obama's re-election campaign.

Spencer Liechty also graduated as a Political Science major in Xavier's class of 2014 and is involved in public service and electoral politics. Spencer has worked for Speaker of the House John Boehner.

2012 Winners

Josephine Lando is an Accounting major in Xavier's class of 2014. In the summer of 2012, Josephine worked with Caracole Inc., a non-profit that seeks to provide support and safe, affordable housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. During the summer of 2013, Josephine will be traveling to Rwanda as a Brueggeman Fellow, where she will research the importance of using business education as a tool for rebuilding the lives of women after war.  

Pamela Meyerhofer will be studying abroad during the summer of 2013 in Paris and Rome for ten weeks to learn more about other cultures and discuss international policies with students in other countries. In the Fall, she will begin her senior year in the Philosophy, Politics, & the Public Honors Program with a double major in Economics.  After graduation, she is hoping to work in politics for a few years before going back for her PhD. in Public Policy. She would like to teach college students about getting actively involved in the Public.

Grace Badik graduates from Xavier University in May 2013 as a Philosophy, Politics, & the Public major. Grace spent the summer of 2012 as an intern for the Lucas County Commissioners Office doing research for the County Administrator. As a Brueggeman Fellow, Grace will travel to Central Europe after she graduates to continue her studies in community organizing. Following her fellowship, Grace will be in Portland, Oregon with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest doing a year of service before pursuing her Master's degree in Theology.

2011 Winners

Ashley Freeland is a Master's in Public Policy candidate at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Ashley continues to focus her studies on women's policy and economic empowerment issues.

Kristin Sanfilippo graduates from Xavier in May 2013 with a double major in Political Science and International Studies and a minor in Peace Studies. For the next two years, she will work at Regis Jesuit High School - Girls Division in Denver, Colorado as a World History teacher through the Alumni Service Corps. She hopes to continue her education in public policy someday.

2010 Winners

Brice Lipman is a student at the University of Chicago Law School. He continues to focus on the intersections between law and business, and is also enjoying the opportunity to engage with the Chicago service community.

Kat Ryder is a Field Technology Advocate for Panera Bread in St. Louis where she manages relationships effectively and efficiently with customers, vendors, and suppliers. Kat graduated from Xavier University's MBA program in December 2012 after graduating from Xavier's Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics, & the Public program in 2011.

Support the Scholarship

To make a tax-deductible gift to this important endeavor in honor of Governor Gilligan, you may visit our secure online giving form where you can enter your credit card information or mail a check to:

The John J. Gilligan Scholarship
Center for the Study of the American Dream
Xavier University
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1221