Virginia A. Martin Memorial Scholarship Established

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Lock Haven University Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Virginia A. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit students in the Women and Gender Studies Program, now a popular minor. The scholarship fund has been established by Julie Story, longtime friend and companion of Ms. Martin. Donations from Ms. Story, as well as the generous donations from Virginia and many other donors, have made this scholarship possible. “In paying attention, giving support, expecting excellence, and instilling confidence, Virginia helped LHU students like me to achieve personal and academic goals and success. She fervently believed in this teaching, calling it ‘the good work,’” said Ms. Story, also an Instructor in the Department of Academic Development and Counseling.

The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide two scholarships, to one male and one female student, which meet the following specific criteria:

1.)    Must have an academic status of sophomore or higher with a grade point average of 2.7 or higher and who will return for a whole year after receipt of the scholarship. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

2.)    Must be a Women and Gender Studies minor.

3.)    Must show evidence of leadership/engagement in women’s and gender issues on campus or in the community and must discuss this evidence in a scholarship essay of at least 100 words.

4.)    Students will only be eligible to receive this scholarship once.

Professor Gayatri Devi, Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program, had this to say about Ms. Martin: “As one of the founding mothers of the Women’s Studies program at LHU, Virginia’s mission as a teacher was always to better the lives of her students. She was an exemplary teacher, friend and colleague to all who had the good fortune to know her and work with her. I am filled with immense gratitude that her spirit continues to help our students in concrete, tangible ways through this wonderful Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Women and Gender Studies minor that

Virginia helped establish at LHU is a thriving minor with students from across academic disciplines who prioritize learning about women’s and gender issues. Thanks to Virginia’s generosity, our students will find their work in the discipline acknowledged, appreciated and rewarded.”

“Professor Martin was a formative influence for hundreds of LHU students and for the Women’s Studies program of study. To know her was to appreciate her sharp wit, her insightful mind, and her absolute dedication and generosity to her students,” said colleague Dr. Karen Kline, Professor, Communication and Philosophy Department.

Professor Martin, who worked at Lock Haven University for 30 years, was quoted as stating that her proudest achievement was her role in establishing the Women’s Studies Program at Lock Haven University. “The good fight goes on. There’s no end,” she said, when referencing gender equality.

The establishment of the Virginia A. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund will allow others to continue the work initiated by Martin’s creation of the women’s studies movement on the campus of Lock Haven University.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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