Endowed Scholarship Funds
Endowed scholarships are established by individuals and/or foundations and trusts to assist students in perpetuity. A percentage of the growth in the endowed funds is awarded.
Marie A. Fitzgerald Scholarship - Marie A. Fitzgerald was a retired school teacher, from Detroit, Michigan, who moved to south-central Florida following her retirement. She contributed greatly in 1993 to Barry University and formed this scholarship as a means to further the educational mission of Barry. Ms. Fitzgerald was also a member of the Order of the Flame, who honored her for her generous contributions to “keep the fires of academic fervor burning brightly…to support the mission of Barry University.” The Marie A. Fitzgerald Scholarship is awarded to students majoring in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Professor Neill Miller Scholarship Fund - Professor Emerita Neill Miller served the students of Barry University for over 38 years. Following her passing in October of 2005, while obtaining the position of Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, she was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate and the title of Professor Emerita by Barry University. Professor Neill Miller was a mentor, role model, and advocate for students actively advancing student scholarship and degree completion. The Barry University Scholar-Athlete Award given to the top academic and athletic performing student-athlete each year is named in her honor as is the Miller Studio, located in Thompson Hall. The Neill Miller Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences who have overcome academic challenges to achieve success in their program of study. First consideration for the scholarship is granted to students with documented evidence of financial hardship. This continues part of Professor Emerita Miller’s mission of providing her own personal financial assistance to Barry students in need.
Current Use Scholarship Funds
Current use scholarships are established by individuals and/or foundations to assist students annually.
Sport & Exercise Sciences Scholarship - This scholarship was started by students in the Sport Management program by sales of tickets for the 1993 college night with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins Professional Baseball Team. The Sport & Leisure Sciences Scholarship is awarded to HPLS undergraduate or graduate students with documented evidence of financial need. The expectation of students was to eventually “pay forward” by creating an endowed Sport & Leisure Sciences Scholarship from these contributions.
Sister Eulalia LaVoie Scholarship - Sister Eulalia LaVoie was a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who taught Economics at Barry offering a special form of guidance and concern for her students for many years. The former Calaroga Hall on the Miami Shores campus of Barry University was renamed in her honor and LaVoie Hall now houses the offices of the President, Provost, Institutional Advancement, and Legal Affairs. The Sister Eulalia LaVoie Scholarship is awarded to an HPLS fourth year student in Exercise Physiology, who has been accepted into the BSMS Seamless program, who has completed an undergraduate internship at a fitness and wellness center that offers nutritional counseling, and plans to pursue a career in wellness and nutrition.
William F. Reifsnider Memorial - William F. “Bill” Reifsnider was an accomplished student-athlete and a gifted scholar. He was a four-year starter for the Buccaneers baseball team, named both the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Athlete of the year for Barry in 1990. Bill was named a GTE Academic All-American, won the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award, and received a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1990. In addition, Bill was Barry’s first Rhodes Scholar candidate. In 1996, Barry University recognized Bill’s accomplishments by inducting him into the Barry University Athletic Wall of Honor. After graduating, Bill took his desire to teach and coach baseball to Czechoslovakia where his talents enriched the lives of children in a nation giving birth to a more democratic society. The Reifsnider family and friends of Bill desire that recipients of this scholarship will know of the kindness of the man for whom the award is named and his desire in life to “pay it forward.” The William F. Reifsnider Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a member of the Barry University baseball team.