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Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship & Recipients

Larry standing in front of TUC

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.

2021 Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship recipients Nichole Criner, Ania Cosby & Aprilynne R. Gable

For the 2022 spring semester, the annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship recipients: Julian Hill, Emily Keith and Lucy Wesley were awarded $1,000 each.

The annual scholarship is based on enrollment status, demonstrated need, work as a student employee, a GPA of 3.0 or better and supervisory review and comments. Interested in donating to the Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact the UC Foundation.

2021 Application submission is now closed. Thank you.

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, or New Student Orientation Office.
  • 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.

Scholarship Award Process

A university committee consisting of representatives from Campus Services and Student Affairs will review all applications submitted for the scholarship. Determination of the scholarship recipient will be based on:

  • Completion of the required forms;
  • Demonstrated need for the scholarship as defined using FAFSA information obtained through the Financial Aid Office;
  • Demonstrated work as a student employee; and
  • Supervisor review and comments.
2020 Larry Elsasser Scholarship Recipients

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Three winners were awarded the Larry Elsasser Memorial scholarship: Ania CosbyNichole Criner and Aprilynne Gable were each awarded $1,000 for the 2021 spring semester. 

2019 scholarship winners


2019 Scholarship Recipients

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. 

previous 2019 winners

2018 Scholarship Recipients

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. 

Hanna Sorensen and Tyneshia Daniel

2017 Scholarship Recipients

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 and Kelsie Gerard

2016 Scholarship Recipients

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.