The William I. Heard Memorial Scholarship Award

  • William I. Heard served as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at IUP from 1963 to 1974.

    Prior to coming to IUP, Heard taught in the Elders Ridge School District for about 30 years. During those years at Elders Ridge, he spent his summers earning a master’s degree in chemistry and did additional graduate work at six different universities all across the United States.

    During his tenure at IUP, Heard worked tirelessly and won the respect of both the faculty and students. According to Joseph Costa, one of his former colleagues, “Mr. Heard epitomized the title of educator. He was truly devoted to teaching and his students. He went out of his way to help them, both in and out of the classroom.”

    Heard retired in 1974 and then passed away suddenly just three years later in 1977. At the time of his death, Heard’s family and friends decided that, because of his lifelong dedication to teaching students, there would be no better way to pay tribute to him than to establish a scholarship in his name. They also felt that since Heard’s life exemplified ideals, achievement, service, and integrity, these should form the basis of the award.

    This award will be credited toward the student’s account and can be used toward tuition and/or other expenses during the academic year. In addition to the money, the award recipient’s name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Chemistry Department’s display cabinet.

    Award Criteria

    • BS Chemical Education, junior status (60–89 credits completed at the time of application)
    • Service to the university, Chemistry Department, and community
    • Active membership in clubs and organizations
    • Awards, both academic and service oriented
    • Financial need

    Application Materials

    The application will be due each year by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday following Spring Break in the Chemistry Department main office, 143 Weyandt Hall. 

    The award amount for 2019–20 is $1,045.

    William Heard Scholarship Application 

    Prior Award Recipients 

    2014–15: Brittney L. Wiesheier
    2012–13: Amanda M. Lynn
    2009–10: Alex M. Daughenbaugh
    2008–09: Lacie K. Buxton
    2007–08: Tracey Baker
    2006–07: Amy Jean Trexler
    2005–06: Jerrod W. Moore
    2004–05: Kevin M. Blake
    2003–04: Sumaiya Islam
    2002–03: James E. McCarthy
    2001–02: Jessica A. Walton
    2000–01: Dana M. Berkey
    1999–2000: Trisha V. Wallace
    1998–99: David E. Keith
    1997–98: Jeffrey T. Roberts
    1996–97: Eric J. Jasper
    1995–96: Jennifer L. Coleman
    1994–95: Laura J. Cochran
    1993–94: Wendy M. Ballas
    1992–93: Jonathan Licker
    1991–92: Richard W. Washabaugh
    1990–91: Renee L. Shortencarrier
    1989–90: Michelle L. Sarver
    1988–89: Joanne Dusza
    1987–88: Janine M. Bodziak
    1986–87: Michele M. Belak
    1985–86: Steven P. Learn
    1984–85: Sandra L. Backes
    1983–84: Lori A. Riggleman
    1982–83: Richard J. Loncharich
    1981–82: Michelle A. Kurpakus
    1980–81: Linda J. Cronk
    1979–80: Brian J. Zande