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Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Student Workers
Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Applications Are Now Closed
This year, three scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded.
Winners will be announced at MainStreet Student Day, Tuesday, Oct. 9.
About the Scholarship
The Larry Elsasser Memorials Scholarship is awarded annually in the fall semester to two 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 have completed two semesters of academic work and hold a cumulative university grade point average of 3.0 or better.
- Application form (self-nomination) including a resume and brief essay (800 words or less)
- Supervisor evaluation with attached letter of recommendation to be completed by the student's employer.
*Note: Omisson 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 (20%);
- Demonstrated inability to meet finanical obligations for expenses related to academics (30%);
- Demonstrated work as a student employee (30%); and
- Supervisor review and comments (20%).
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.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
For the first time, there are three winners of this year’s Larry Elsasser Memorial scholarship. Our winners, Kelly Higgins, Anthony Crawford, and Ethan Bastian, each were awarded $1,000 for the 2019 Spring Semester. Kelly and Anthony are both TAs and Ethan is a student worker at Parking Services.
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Kelly Higgins has worked for the Lindner College of Business for over two years. Currently, she is a Lead TA for Business Essentials, an intro-level course for all business majors. Working for the Lindner College of Business gave her the most memorable moment, working the 2018 Freshman College Day. “I got to share my personal experience of transitioning from high school to college with these students and remind them this a fresh start for them to be the best them they can be.” Through her experience as a UC student worker, Kelly has built corporate connections and communication skills.
“I see in her, a young, great future academic and business role model.” – Catalin Macarie Assistant Professor - Educator of Management
Anthony Crawford is currently working for the Physics Department as a TA, teaching physics abstractly. In his role, he has found what he loves to do, teach physics. He was met with uncertainty from his students with his new way of teaching physics, no numbers and only concepts, but prevailed. “By learning the methods of problem solving, my students were successful. And, they were extremely grateful for the help they received.” Due to his students' success and realizing his calling, Anthony is going to be finishing a B.S. in Physics, Astrophysics, and Mathematics and a Master of Science in Physics, but a Ph.D in Education.
“Anthony is a rare find, and he has set himself up well for success in whatever he chooses to do after college.” – Kathleen Koenig Associate Physics Professor
Ethan Bastian works for Parking Services as a student worker. In his position, he has been able to build impactful friendships and connections. Ethan is grateful for this experience and to be working with many different types of people from all areas and backgrounds. “The diversity I saw in Parking was astounding to me…” There are so many ways that bring Ethan and his coworkers together and makes a for a very positive work environment. Ethan looks forward to his future as a student worker at Parking Services as he finishes his Communication degree.
“He is organized, efficient, and willing to do whatever is needed.” – Lisa Bunkley-Boyd, Associate Director of Parking Services
Does Your Group:
- Need a space to study or work on a small group project?
- Have a limited amount of time to meet?
- Not want to roam around the library for 30 minutes searching for an open space?
Then visit the Event Services desk in TUC!
Please note that On Demand rooms can only be requested at the time of intended use and cannot be reserved in advance.
Previous recipients of Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarships:
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.
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Hanna Sorensen began her work with UC in the Campus Recreation Center. “I gained the confidence I needed to succeed in undergrad, learned the value of building relationships among your peers, and gained valuable experience in customer service that will make me a personable and empathetic doctor. The confidence I gained at the Rec encouraged me to apply to be a Resident Advisor and make an even larger impact.” Now as a Resident Advisor, Hanna is sure her goal in life is to help people. As a Medical Sciences major, Hanna plans to go into medical school after graduation.
“Hanna has proven herself to be a dependable staff member time and time again.” –Tiffany Fulford, Community Coordiantor, Morgens Hall
Tyneshia Daniel is an Electronic Media major and has been working for UC for two years. Tyneshia has directly worked on projects that compliment her major. “With SALD, I have been able to do work in media production. I have created videos, slide shows, flyers, and numerous other projects with them.” When asked about her favorite memory, she chose the annual Latino Student Welcome. “I met so many students from different backgrounds, we had great food, and heard good music. I am so grateful that they asked me to come back as a student worker again this year.”
“Tyneshia has been a part of our office for the last year and a few months and is a consistent, reliable, personable, and a fun student worker to be around at all times.” - Monica Ruscher, Program Coordinator, Campus Program
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.
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Alyssa Albek began working as a Learning Community Peer Leader in the First Year Experience and Learning Communities (LC) program, leading LC meetings twice a week with approximately 20-24 first-year students. She is responsible for planning and implementing social events for members, providing individual mentoring, and relaying content focused on four target areas – integrative learning, professional and civic responsibility, intellectual and self-management skills, and university engagement. Lauren Bosselait, Associate Director of First Year Experience and Learning Communities, says of Alyssa’s work, “Alyssa is confident in her abilities, but doesn’t take herself too seriously. She has always shown enthusiasm in the positions she has held in our office…Alyssa is a thoughtful, knowledgeable leader.” In May 2016, Alyssa was promoted to Peer Leader Coordinator, in charge of supervising and mentoring 20 other Peer Leaders so that they are successful in their roles.
Kelsie Gerard began her work with The Cincinnati Project, an organization within the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, as a first year student and since then has grown tremendously in her role. Kelsie works as a qualitative researcher focusing on community-police relations in Cincinnati. Dr. Jennifer Malat, Professor and Associate Dean for Social Sciences, says of Kelsie’s work, “Ms. Gerard has excelled in all aspects of the work… Ms. Gerard is unfailingly reliable. She responds promptly to emailed assignments or requests to pick up additional work. The work she completes is of the highest quality.” Recently, Kelsie attended the annual NAACP Conference to collect data, and routinely locates information needed for various projects as a part of The Cincinnati Project.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Veronica Boyd and Colin Barge received the annual Larry Elsasser Memorial Scholarship. They were each awarded $1,000 for the 2015 spring semester. Veronica works in the UC gecko lab and Colin works at the Mainstreet Connection Center.
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Veronica Boyd returned to school as a non-traditional student and single parent in order to study the Biology of Animals. She works in the UC gecko lab, studying their color vision abilities. She particularly enjoys this student employee position because no harm comes to the geckos in their lab. Veronica states, “The value I have received through my employment at the University of Cincinnati is the ability to work in a lab setting with animals and learn different things about them. I work in the gecko lab and thoroughly enjoy taking care of them.” The experiments she runs are simple food reward tests for choosing the correct colored dot. Veronica says that her “career goals are to work with animals to help conserve and protect them.” She would like to work at a zoo with conservation efforts or work for a wildlife protection agency.
Colin Barge began working at the University of Cincinnati’s MainStreet Connection Center in June 2012. Since then Colin says that he has learned so much more about UC than he imagined possible. Growing up in a small non-diverse community, UC was an eye opening experience for Colin. He has learned skills that he will use the rest of his life such as how to speak clearly, and be patient with customers. Colin says, “The best part of being employed on campus is getting to connect with the students, faculty, and staff every day. Every day I get asked hundreds of questions, but my favorite is when an alumni asks for a map and says something along the lines of “Nothing looks the same as when I was here!” It is very special to get to see that sparkle in their eye that many incoming freshman get in awe of all the different architecture on campus.” This reminds Colin that UC's campus is ever-changing, and always improving. Colin is proud to call himself a Bearcat.
"As someone who has funded the majority of my education myself, this scholarship was a huge help. It brought peace of mind knowing that I would not have to take out a loan for Spring semester. This scholarship allowed me to focus more on my studies since I was not worried about my finances and I am so thankful for that." -Colin Barge