Xavier offers Hearst Community Scholarship to students from surrounding neighborhoods

Four students from Norwood and Evanston were awarded the scholarships this year | November 25, 2009

Xavier University is reaching out to students from neighboring communities with a special scholarship just for them. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has repurposed an endowed scholarship fund it started at Xavier several years ago in order to support undergraduate students from the three neighborhoods that are immediately adjacent to campus.  

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund provides one annual scholarship of $2,500 to an undergraduate student from either Evanston, Avondale or Norwood. The scholarship is renewable all four years to students who remain in good academic standing. 

This inaugural year, however, one student from each class, freshman through senior, was selected for a scholarship. The students are Charele Schork, a freshman nursing student from Norwood; Monica Bostic, a sophomore sociology major and lifelong Norwood resident; Wilson Harmon, a junior accounting major from Norwood; and Sigourney Harris, a senior athletic training/sport studies major from Evanston. 

Applicants must be incoming, first-year, full-time students who have been admitted to Xavier and have financial need. Because the scholarship seeks to bring underrepresented students to Xavier, applicants’ cultural heritage and whether they are of the first generation in their family to attend college are considered among many factors in the selection process. 

The scholarship meets a goal of Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., for the University to develop mutually beneficial ways to interact with its neighbors. 

“The University benefits from the community, and the community members benefit from having us in their community,” says Byron White, associate vice president for community engagement at Xavier. “We want to increase the extent to which those who grow up here get to learn here and take that knowledge back into the community we all share.” 

To be eligible for the Hearst Endowed Scholarship, a student must:

Apply and be accepted to Xavier.
• Complete the FAFSA form.
• Complete and return the Hearst Scholarship application

The deadline to apply for the 2010 Hearst Scholarship is Feb. 1, 2010.