Scholarships with Personality

Here's a sampling of scholarships that honor some of IC's finest, then and now.

There are a number of endowed scholarships in honor of IC’s outstanding alumni, faculty, administrators, and friends. Students receiving these scholarships have a very personal tie to the institution and the person in whose name the scholarships are given. We thought you’d like to know more about these scholarships, and perhaps to contribute to one in honor of its namesake. You can also endow a scholarship yourself, in honor or in memory of a friend, family member, classmate, or faculty or staff member. Visit to contribute, and to help transform the lives of Ithaca College students with financial need.

Carl Sgrecci Scholarship in Business
Onetime accounting major Carl Sgrecci ’69 has worked at Ithaca College since the year of his graduation. He 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.

Rod Serling Scholarship in Communications
One of the most prolific and inspired writers in TV history, Rod Serling was the creator of The Twilight Zone and an Emmy Award–winning scriptwriter for Playhouse 90 and other live dramas. In the early 1970s Serling taught communi­cations courses at Ithaca. He died in 1975, but his legacy lives on, and the College’s Rod Serling Archives house the world’s larg­est single collection of his scripts and screenplays.

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. Newens directed the speech and drama division from 1931 until 1943.

Shirley Hockett Scholarship for the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences
Professor emerita of mathematics Shirley Hockett began teaching at IC in 1966 and retired in 1991. During her career she won several teaching awards and wrote six mathematics textbooks. Her late husband, Chas, was Goldwin-Smith Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Cornell University; a music scholarship at IC is endowed in his name. Shirley lives in Ithaca and continues to be involved in many aspects of campus life, along with her family.

John B. Harcourt Scholarship for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A dedicated and dynamic teacher who specialized in Shakespeare and Dante, John 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 of the institution from its founding as a music conservatory through the mid-1970s. He passed away in 2005.

Willard T. Daetsch Scholarship for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
A German professor at Ithaca from 1965 to 1995, Willard Daetsch was the founding director of the Center for Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies, which contributed to the early development of the London Center and such innovative programs as women’s studies, social work, and planned studies. He lives in Ithaca with his wife, Dorothy, also an IC retiree; they are very active in campus life.

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 national success, he returned to Ithaca in 1922 as head of the Patrick Conway Military Band School, affiliated with the Ithaca conservatory.

Flora Brown Award
Flora Brown was the first student to register for the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, signing up on September 19, 1892. In 1924 she contributed the first dollar toward the $500,000 needed for an endowment.