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Scholarships and Awards

Leadership students were recognized during the Marietta College Spring Honors Convocation (April 15, 2015). They are the recent recipients of the scholarships and awards listed below.


Scholarships and Grants


The Carl L. Broughton Leadership Scholarship

These scholarships were established by a $500,000 donation to the College by the Bernard P. McDonough Foundation. Intended as a memorial to Carl L. Broughton, a trustee of Marietta College, who died in May, 1996, the scholarships are awarded annually to two rising sophomores who meet the following criteria: membership in the McDonough Leadership Program with a minor in Leadership Studies or a major in International Leadership Studies, solid grade point average, and evident service to the campus and community. Each scholarship is worth $5,000, and renewable up to two more years, for a total $15,000 award, provided you continue to meet the three criteria for the award.

Selection Process: Rising sophomores are invited to submit an application in the spring semester. Recipients are selected by the McDonough Awards Committee.

2015-2016 Recipients:
Lindsay Arnold (Cohort 28)
Amanda Davis (Cohort 28)

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The Sherrill and Diana Drake Cleland Leadership Award

This Scholarship was funded in 2000 by the fourteenth president of Marietta College, Dr. Sherrill Cleland. The award (a minimum of $250 per recipient) is to be used by McDonough Scholars pursuing the minor or major to defray expenses incurred to attend a relevant leadership conference, an approved internship, or a study-abroad experience focusing on leadership.

Selection Process: The recipient is selected by the McDonough Awards Committee in the spring semester.  

2012-2013 Recipients:
Laura R. Keiting '15
Stephanie L. Meinert '15
Margaret J. Watt '15

The Jelinek International Travel Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Henry and Cathy Jelinek—graduates of Marietta College and whose daughter graduated from the McDonough Leadership Program. This $2,000 scholarship is open to all McDonough Scholars pursuing the International Leadership Studies (ILS) major to assist in fulfilling their international experience requirement (internship, study abroad, service project) or to allow an ILS student to attend an international leadership conference outside the United States.

Selection Process: Current ILS majors in their junior year are invited to submit an application for review by the McDonough Awards Committee.

2015-2016 Recipient:
Riley Osborn (Cohort 27) Attending the International Leadership Association Global Conference in Barcelona, Spain, October 2015

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The Schwartz Internship Initiative

This is awarded annually to assist students with expenses associated with accepting summer internships with non-profit organizations. Each year, the Center will award up to $1,600 in grants to help defray the costs of students’ summer internships in non-profit organizations. There will be a maximum of four Schwartz Interns selected each year on a rotating basis as applications arrive. Any monies available at the end of the academic year will be divided among selected Schwartz Interns. This award is given to honor Dr. Stephen W. Schwartz, the Center’s founder and long-time dean.

Selection Process: Funds are available for junior and senior McDonough Scholars particularly students pursuing either the Minor in Leadership Studies or Major in International Leadership Studies who have an approved internship that meets the requirements for the minor or the major. Applicants must have an internship with a non-profit organization. Confirmation of the internship must occur in writing with the submission of application and the student must submit an Internship Learning Agreement to the McDonough Center’s Experiential Education and Service-Learning Office. Applicants must be in good standing with Marietta College in terms of academics and disciplinary record. Preference will be given to those applicants who are working with a non-profit organization outside of their hometown and outside the Marietta area.

2015-2016 Recipient:
Gene Neill (Cohort 26)
Casey Peel (Cohort 26)

Download Application Form Here


Student Awards and Prizes


The Michael J. Conte Educator as Leader Award

This was established in 2005 by the Education Department and the McDonough Leadership Program to honor the memory of Michael Conte, an early childhood education major and McDonough Scholar. This award is given to an outstanding member of the junior class who is pursuing the leadership minor/certificate or the teacher leadership certificate and is majoring in Education.

Selection Process: The Education Department and McDonough Leadership Program meet once a year and decide on the award recipient.

2015-2016 Recipient:
Cassandra Crane (Cohort 26)


The Sherrill Cleland Prize in Leadership

This scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees upon President Sherrill Cleland's retirement in 1989 to recognize Dr. Cleland's efforts to instill qualities and skills of leadership as a major component of Marietta College's educational program during his 16 years of personal leadership. It is given annually to the most outstanding of the graduating McDonough Scholars.

Selection Process: The McDonough Awards Committee chooses the recipient from senior McDonough Scholars nominated by their peers.

2014-2015 Recipients:
Taylor Myers (Cohort 25)
Alina Kielbasa (Cohort 25)
Ryan Turnewitsch (Cohort 25)
Laura Keating (Cohort 25)

The Outstanding First-Year McDonough Scholar

This scholarship is awarded annually to recognize a first-year student in the McDonough Leadership Program who has demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to the values of the McDonough Leadership Program.

Selection Process: The recipient is selected by the McDonough Awards Committee from McDonough Scholars who are enrolled in LEAD 103 with a GPA of 3.8 or above.

2014-2015 Recipients:
Evan Hensel (Cohort 28)
Taryn Hicks (Cohort 28)
Allison Watkins (Cohort 28)


Ohio Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award:

This award was designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community. This award can be granted annually to one undergraduate per Ohio Campus Compact member institution. Those nominated to be a Ping award winner for their campus will compete with other Ping nominees from across the state for a $500 mini-grant, to be given to the community partner of the Ping nominee. These four (4) grants are generously provided by Fifth Third Bank. Candidates should show evidence of exemplary community service during their time on campus or show evidence of exemplary service-learning during their time on campus.

Selection Process: The application form must be accompanied by the requested student essay and letter of nomination from the president of their college or university. The McDonough Center’s Director of Civic Engagement coordinates the selection process.

2014-2015 Recipient:
Danielle Chirdon (Cohort 25)

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