The Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship Program is intended to provide ongoing support for up to two years in the amount of $500 per year to one or two Religious Studies majors. Funds are available so long as the awardee continues to matriculate at IUB as a Religious Studies major and maintains a GPA of 3.5 in RS courses, and 3.0 overall. These awards are discretionary, and may not be awarded every year.
To apply: A student must have declared a major in Religious Studies (double- and triple-majors are also eligible). A copy of the student’s transcript should be sent to Patrick Michelson, email@example.com, together with a letter of application that incorporates a 500-700 word personal statement regarding the student’s academic interest in the study of religion. The student should also provide the name of a departmental faculty member who could serve as a reference; soliciting a recommendation letter is not necessary.
Deadline for receipt of all materials: March 1st.
Applications will be assessed by members of the Undergraduate Committee.
The award is named after Mary Jo Weaver who taught in the department from 1975-2006. She was dedicated to her students and continually worked to find new approaches to peak their interest in religious studies, making use of devices such as Star Trek episodes to encourage students to delve into more esoteric works like Freud, Marx and Geertz.