Named Scholarships

IC Merit Awards and Grants

Scholarship Name Description
Flora Brown Award Provides a $5,000 grant for selected new undergraduate students and has no grade point average requirement. (For students enrolled prior to fall 2008, the amount is $4,000.) The award is good for up to nine semesters of full-time undergraduate enrollment and will be renewed automatically as long as recipients continue to make satisfactory progress toward a degree. Flora Brown was the first student to register for the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, signing up on September 19, 1892. She also, in 1924, contributed the first dollar toward the $500,000 needed for an endowment.
Patrick Conway Scholarship for Music A celebrated cornet soloist, Patrick Conway first gave brass instrument lessons at the newly founded Ithaca Conservatory of Music in 1895. After he and his band secured tremendous success through national tours, recordings, and radio shows, he returned to Ithaca in 1922 as head of the Conway Military Band School. Affiliated with the Ithaca conservatory, the school was dedicated to training band musicians and conductors, including such notables as Les Brown, George S. Howard, and Walter Beeler.
Willard T. Daetsch Scholarship for Interdisciplinary and International Studies Willard Daetsch, a professor emeritus of modern languages and literatures, taught German at Ithaca from 1965 to 1995. He was also the founding director of the Center for Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies, which contributed to the early development of the London Center and such innovative academic programs as women's studies, social work, and planned studies. In addition, he founded Ithaca College's technology interest group and served for a term on the Gerontology Institute advisory board.
John B. Harcourt Scholarship for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences A dedicated and dynamic teacher who specialized in Shakespeare and Dante, John B. Harcourt was an English professor for 32 years; he retired in 1985. He was also the author of "The Ithaca College Story," a comprehensive history from Ithaca's founding as a music conservatory through the mid-1970s.
Laurence S. Hill and Adrian M. Newens Scholarship in the Health Professions Laurence Hill and Adrian Newens were instrumental in developing the two divisions that would eventually merge to become the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Hill served as head of the College's physical education division from 1929 until 1957; one of the HSHP facilities is named after him. Newens directed the speech and drama division from 1931 until 1943. That department was a forerunner of Ithaca's programs in the health professions.
Shirley Hockett Scholarship for the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Science A professor emerita of mathematics, Shirley Hockett began teaching at Ithaca College in 1966 and retired in 1991. During her long career she won several teaching awards and wrote several mathematics textbooks, including a very popular manual on preparing for the advanced placement exam in calculus.
Rod Serling Scholarship in Communications One of the most prolific and inspired writers in television history, Rod Serling was the creator of "The Twilight Zone,' as well as an Emmy Award-winning scriptwriter for "Playhouse 90" and other live dramas during television's "golden age." In the early 1970s Serling taught communications courses at Ithaca. Today the College's Rod Serling Archives house the largest single collection of his television scripts and screenplays.
Carl Sgrecci Scholarship in Business An accounting major at Ithaca, Carl Sgrecci '69 taught business administration at the College in the early 1970s, earning the Faculty Excellence Award. Now, as vice president for finance and administration, he manages the College's endowment, investments, and operating and capital budgets, among other duties.