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An employee of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Joel Erion is a professor of School Psychology. He established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to high achieving students entering the School Psychology Program and to honor his parents for the wonderful example they set for academic accomplishment and being helpful to others.   This scholarship is awarded to a first semester student who is enrolled full-time in the School Psychology Program, has an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better, and submits an essay and resume.


Joshua Bow is a May 2010 graduate of Edinboro University.  Josh graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and achieved Deans List every semester.  He was the recipient of several scholarships including the Jeremy D. Brown Millennium Leader Scholarship for two consecutive years, the Florence and Denise Ohler Scholarship, the Ackerman Marshall Gosciewski Psychology Scholarship, the Mary Porreco Memorial Scholarship, the Julia Wood-Smith Honors Scholarship as well as the Psychology Club Outstanding Service Award.  His career goal is to study addiction, motivation and the effects of different drugs on behavior. The award will be made to a sophomore Psychology major during the Spring Semester.


This scholarship was developed through contributions of Edinboro University faculty, alumni, and friends.  It is awarded during the fall and spring semester to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in psychology.

Freshman Qualifications : The student must have graduated from high school in the top 40 percent of his/her class.  Financial need may be a factor.  If there are multiple students with identical credentials, the student with the greatest need must be awarded. This award is not renewable.

Upperclass Qualifications (One $50 Award): The student must be one of the top five graduating seniors with a minimum of 96 earned credits.  If the student has transferred from another university, a minimum of 50% of the credits must be earned from Edinboro and the student must have completed four required psychology courses at Edinboro.  Financial need is not a factor.  This award is not renewable.


This scholarship was developed in memory of Dr. James S. Miller, a former faculty member in the Psychology Department.  The recipient of this award must have a minimum of 96 credits with 32 credits having been completed at Edinboro University and a cumulative QPA of 3.3.  The student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits per semester and be involved with psychology department faculty "supervised" research.  A recommendation letter from a psychology department faculty member who conducts supervised research is required and the letter must be forwarded to the financial aid office.  Preference should be given to students focusing on behavioral psychology and neural sciences who have successfully completed a minimum of five courses of the following: PS300, PS350, PS380, PS400, PS410, PS425, PS440, PS460, PS490, PS495/496 (if topic is appropriate), PS664.  Financial need is not a factor.


This scholarship is offered to an undergraduate psychology major who has completed a minimum of 64 credit hours of study and has a cumulative QPA of 3.3 or greater. Financial need is also a factor. This scholarship is renewable for the senior year of study as long as the recipient continues to meet the established criteria.


The funds for this scholarship were provided by Florence Ohler, a relative of Denise Ohler.

Upperclass Student Qualifications (One $1,000 Award):

The recipient must be enrolled full-time majoring in psychology, sociology, or social work. The student must have a minimum of 32 earned undergraduate credits and a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.5.  Financial need may be a factor.  The scholarship is renewable through the completion of 128 credits provided the following qualifications are met: the student remains enrolled on a full-time basis; maintains a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.5; and must demonstrate academic progress as determined by FAFSA.


After 30 years of teaching, Richard Railsback retired from the Edinboro University Psychology Department in 2001.  His wife Sandra (Wiley) Railsback earned her degree from Edinboro University in 1983, attending as a non-traditional student. This scholarship is being established by a family who values education and the opportunities it offers individuals. The scholarship is to be used to enhance access to education for incoming students of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  First preference will be made to a student majoring in Psychology.


William Rothenbach graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from Edinboro University in 1967.  While at Edinboro, Bill was a member of Psi Chi, Psychology Club, German Club, College Judicial Board, Spectator staff, and participated in the campus intramural sports program.  He participated in a field experience at General Electric, sponsored by the Psychology Department. The scholarship recipient must be a declared psychology major, entering his/her junior or senior year at Edinboro.