Scholarships Established to Support Bloomsburg University Students

For Immediate Release

Date: May 1, 2020

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations

Scholarships Established to Support Bloomsburg University Students

BLOOMSBURG —Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has announced seven new performance-based scholarships that are funded from the Joan and Fred Miller Distinguished Professor Award.

The Millers created the Distinguished Professor Award to support students’ pursuit of academic work that is outstanding in quality, socially responsible, and personally meaningful. The faculty recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award, Mary Katherine Waibel-Duncan, professor of psychology, worked with BU’s Office of Access and Success to establish the Hike! and Line Out! performance-based scholarships. 

“Making a difference in the lives of young people has been a big part of Drs. Joan and Fred Miller’s focus for years and these performance-based scholarships are another way to continue their legacy at BU," said Waibel-Duncan. 

To qualify for the $1,000 Line Out! scholarship, which is renewable for four semesters, a student must be an Act 101 student enrolled in the Emerging Scholars Program. The student must also participate in the Out of the Classroom: Into the Community initiative from the office of Access and Success.

BU students Daijana Applewhite, Nastalgia Jenkins, and David Wilson are the first three recipients of the scholarships. 

Daijana Applewhite is a sophomore pre-social work major from Allentown. Jenkins is a senior majoring in mass communications and is a Philadelphia native. Wilson is a junior from Philadelphia, majoring in business management and information technology management.

“On behalf of the Office of Access and Success, I would like to congratulate Daijana, David and Nastalgia for receiving the inaugural Line Out! Scholarships,” said Ralph Godbolt, director of the Office of Access and Success. “These three scholars have demonstrated that with hard work, determination, and the appropriate support systems, students who may have experienced issues of academic struggle, financial challenges and family trauma can emerge as leaders and role models.”

The Hike! scholarships will be awarded to four incoming Bloomsburg University students. To qualify for the Hike! Scholarship, students must qualify for the Act 101 program, complete an application, and commit to participating in the Emerging Scholars Program and the Out of the Clas

“I am thankful to Dr. Waibel-Duncan for recognizing the potential of the students we serve and the impact our work makes in the lives of those students,” continued Godbolt. “I am also thankful for the generosity of Joan and Fred Miller and for their continued dedication to helping Bloomsburg University students as they move onward and upward.”