Fall is an invigorating time of year with the air turning crisp, the leaves donning bright colors, and students beginning a new academic year. For many, the return to campus is only possible through the generous aid of scholarships. We extend our warm appreciation to the donors who fulfill this crucial need. Highlighted here are some of the scholarship funds helping our students to meet their goals.

Shannon Henretty Nursing Scholarship Fund

Shannon Henretty Memorial ScholarshipThis scholarship fund was created last year as a tribute to the late Shannon Henretty ’14, a graduate of the nursing program and a student-athlete who was much admired by the SU community. We launched the Shine Like Shannon campaign to build the fund, and the Shannon Henretty Memorial Walk was held on October 20, 2015, with 122 participants helping to raise money and celebrate Shannon’s memory. Another event is planned for Sept. 10. We were able to begin awarding the Shannon Henretty Nursing Scholarship in fall 2015. The fund currently stands at more than $20,000, with a goal of $50,000 to establish a permanent endowed scholarship fund so that Shannon’s legacy will help others in perpetuity. We are grateful for the support of the community in honor of such a worthy cause. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please contact Meghan Culbertson, Director of Advancement, at 443-334-2227 or make a secure gift online at

Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation (CWNF) is continuing its support of Stevenson students who are beyond the traditional age of undergraduates by granting an award of $20,000 for a second year. The Foundation provides scholarship funds to institutions that are particularly welcoming to mature women students and serve them well. These scholarships are awarded to women over the age of 25 with financial need who have earned at least 60 credit hours toward their first bachelor’s degree. From its inception in 1979, CWNF has provided a total of $21.5 million in grants for Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students at 60 colleges and universities. Last year, Stevenson University was fortunate to receive its first award of $20,000 from the Foundation: $10,000 was distributed in tuition support among nine deserving female students; the remaining $10,000 formed an endowed scholarship fund. All institutions receiving awards from CWNF are required to match the funds; thus, Stevenson provided an additional $20,000, divided between the awarded scholarships and the scholarship endowment. With the renewal of this grant, we will again offer scholarships to students who meet the criteria, we will add to the endowment, and we will work toward matching these dollars. To learn more about supporting this fund, contact Meghan Culbertson, Director of Advancement, at 443-334-2227.

Keelty Scholars

Keelty Scholars

Keelty with some of his Keelty Scholars in May 2015.

Stevenson University has been honored to count Joseph S. Keelty among our most generous supporters, and we were saddened by the news of his passing on April 10 at the age of 93. As our friend for more than 30 years, Keelty established the University’s first endowed scholarship in 1986: The Joseph S. Keelty Endowed Scholarship. It began awarding students in the fall of 1991 and is now in its 26th year. In 2002 he established a second endowed scholarship to benefit students in our nursing program, The Joseph S. Keelty Endowed Nursing Scholarship. To date, a total of 123 students have received more than $600,000 in tuition support. These endowed funds will award in perpetuity, ensuring that Keelty’s philanthropic legacy will continue.