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Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women In Leadership

Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015 at Noon.

Scholarship application avaliable below*

Scholarship Background

Dr. Sue Follon served as Vice President for Educational and Student Services at the University of Northern Iowa from 1985 until her death from lung cancer on November 4, 1998.  She was the first woman to be named a vice president at UNI.

Dr. Follon’s leadership style was built on helping others develop their own gifts and “soar” in their own right.  She was never one to seek the limelight herself, but rather concentrated on empowering others.  She was known for her listening skills, her attention to the individual, and her commitment to community.  Students and their development were her central focus, and she was a strong advocate for programs and policies which promoted this.  She delighted in her interactions with students and called many by name.

Prior to coming to UNI, Dr. Follon served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women from 1976-1985.   She was untiring in her efforts to promote equality and justice.  Former Governor Ray said, “I believe she moved the cause of women’s rights so far --- as much as any person I know.  She knew people were adverse to change and understood that people responded to a cause when it was presented in a civil fashion.”

Dr. Follon received her B.S. degree in biology from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1963, her master’s degree in College Student Personnel Services from UNI in 1970, and her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Drake University in 1983.  She was born on June 22, 1942, to Oliver and Mary Rebecca Follon of Volga, Iowa.  Other positions held included service as Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Student Activities at Buena Vista College, Director of Campbell Hall at UNI, and high school teacher in Delmar.  Her awards included the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice, Salute Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Progress of Women, Iowa’s Outstanding Young Woman of the Year in 1976, and a Merit Award from the Iowa Wesleyan College Alumni Association.

 

Scholarship Guidelines for 2015-2016

Description and Criteria:  This scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions during their tenure at UNI and potential to model leadership for women.  Applicants should show evidence of leadership potential through their awareness of social justice issues, including those affecting women and/or gender; desire to make a difference; demonstrated commitment to serving others; and ethical behavior.  The committee will consider both breadth and depth of leadership activities. Applicants must be undergraduate students who have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNI at the time of application and will be returning for the following academic year as an undergraduate student (both fall and spring semesters) and are required to be full-time students each semester.  A cumulative grade point of 3.25 or higher is required.

Amount:  $5,000 one-year award applied directly to the student's university bill (half each semester).

Award Presentation:  The scholarship will be awarded in the spring. 

 

Scholarship Application for 2015-2016

Please carefully review and answer each of the questions below. For each essay question, consideration will be given to the quality and clarity of responses. Applications are due no later than Noon on Friday, March 6. Direct questions to Jan Hanish (jan.hanish@uni.edu).

Local Address
Permanent Home Address
Leadership Summary
Describe the leadership contributions and achievements you have made as a leader on the UNI campus and in the community.   How has your service made a difference?
Social Justice
Please describe your contributions to a social justice concern, particularly affecting women and/or gender issues.
Ethics
Cite a recent situation in which you faced an ethical dilemma which required you to take an ethical stand; describe the situation, how you responded, and why.  
Meaning Behind Scholarship
Why would receipt of this scholarship have special meaning for you? 
Required References
List the names and contact information of three faculty/staff members who could testify to your leadership qualities/vision, should the selection committee decide to contact them.
Reference 1
Reference 2
Reference 3
The scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015 at Noon.