Larry Elsasser Scholarship & Recipients
About the Scholarship
The Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in the fall semester to student employees who work at the University of Cincinnati and who meet the following criteria*:
- The student must be an undergraduate and enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Cincinnati at the time of application.
- The student must be employed by the university as an enrolled student worker at the time of application for the scholarship and award.
- The student must be employed by the following university departments/units: Campus Services, Resident Education and Development, Roar Tour Guides, One Stop Student Service Center, New Student Orientation Office, or Facilities Management.
- The student must have completed two semesters of academic work (not including CCP/Dual enrollment credits) and hold a cumulative university grade point average of 3.0 or better.
- Application form (self-nomination) and brief essay (300 words or less) describing the value you have received through your employment at the university as a student worker.
- Supervisor evaluation.
*Note: Omission of any of the above criteria will disqualify applicants from consideration.
Why Larry Elsasser?
A well-known Bearcat alum, Larry Elsasser, Ed ’65, MEd ’73, served as a UC employee for 35 years. For most of those years, Larry served as the director of Tangeman University Center.
In 1961, Elsasser was recruited to play baseball and basketball. Although baseball was his passion, he had a memorable basketball career, playing guard when UC defeated Ohio State in 1962 for the NCAA championship. After graduation, he played professional baseball for the Kansas City Athletics, the forerunner to the Oakland A’s. He later became a Cincinnati Public school teacher, then a math teacher at Raymond Walters College, where he also worked as assistant director of the Campus Center. In 1970, he transferred to the Uptown Campus as assistant director of Tangeman University Center, where he became director in 1976. Larry retired in 2005.
Larry’s commitment to the university and to the students at UC was always professional and enthusiastic. With Larry’s passing in 2010, his colleagues and friends at the university established a scholarship in his name to recognize UC students, who also serve the university as student employees.
For the 2023 spring semester, the annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship recipients: Cailey Hurst and Taylor Richardson were awarded $1,000 each.
For the 2022 spring semester, the annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship recipients: Julian Hill, Emily Keith and Lucy Wesley were awarded $1,000 each.
For the 2021 spring semester, the annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship recipients: Aprilynne R. Gable, Nichole Criner, Ania Cosby and were awarded $1,000 each.
Three winners were awarded the Larry Elsasser Memorial scholarship: Hannah McJessy, Aratrika Pan and Kayla French were each awarded $1,000 for the 2020 spring semester.
For the first time ever three students - Kelly Higgins, Anthony Crawford, and Ethan Bastian - took home the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship; each was awarded 1,000 for the 2019 Spring Semester.
Two first-generation UC students, Hanna Sorensen and Tyneshia Daniel, received the annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship; each was awarded $1,000 for the 2018 Spring Semester. Hanna works as a Resident Advisor and Tyneshia works for Student Activities and Leadership Development.
Alyssa Albek, a Learning Community Peer Leader in the First Year Experience, and Kelsie Gerard, with The Cincinnati Project were awarded the fourth annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship award for the 2017 spring semester.