Frank J. Traver President’s Scholarship
The UMR-ACUHO President’s Scholarship was initiated...


Frank J. Traver President’s ScholarshipThursday, September 6, 2018
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The UMR-ACUHO President’s Scholarship was initiated after the death of Dr. William B. Sweet, who served as the 12th president of the Association in 1981-1982. A gift from Dr. Sweet’s estate provided the financial base for the fund. Continuing contributions to the scholarship by Association members make this annual award possible. In 2000, the scholarship was renamed the Frank J. Traver President’s Scholarship in recognition of the Association’s first president.

The President’s Scholarship is given annually to deserving graduate students who display outstanding potential and commitment to a career in college student housing. The purpose of the award is to recognize and assist new professionals currently employed and pursuing a career in the housing field. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program in College     Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or a related field at the time of the award, which is presented at the annual conference. Applicants must be employed by a UMR-ACUHO member school in a residence life or dining services program.

To apply, applicants must submit the following:

  • Written verification from the graduate’s advisor that the candidate is enrolled in an accredited College Student Personnel, Counseling or related graduate program.
  • Written verification from the senior housing officer that the applicant is employed by the residence life or dining service program.
  • Candidate’s current resume.
  • Written response to the essay questions. The answers must be double-spaced in a 12 point Times New Roman font and no longer than five pages in length.

 Awards will be given in the following category:

  •  Full-time graduate student with housing internship/assistantship

Scholarship Essay Questions:

A newly published history of your campus reveals that the 1930’s college benefactor Henry Baxter, the namesake of Baxter Residence Hall, advocated racial inequity and discrimination in his real estate empire. You learn that students plan on demanding that the college change the name of the hall or they will invite the local media to their protest on the quad, boycott the dining hall in Baxter, and start a social media campaign urging new and returning students not to live in Baxter Hall the following year.

  1. As a residence hall professional, once you identify and meet with the student leaders of the protest, what three pieces of strategic advice would you give them?
  2. If asked directly by the students about your personal opinion on the renaming, how do you respond and why?
  3. If asked, what advice would you give to the administration and why?
  4. What should an institution consider in naming a residence hall and why?

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO:                                                                    


Tracy Gerth-Antoniewicz
203 Carpenter Tower
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Applications are due October 15, 2018 by 4:30 pm