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Scholarship Funds

Unlimited Potential

We have more than 600 named scholarships that bring the full UD experience within reach to outstanding students from around the world.


The H. Troy and Eileen L. Sears Scholarship was established with a bequest from Mrs. Eileen Sears. Mr. and Mrs. Sears were longtime friends and ardent supporters of the University. Mrs. Sears was director of the Student Union in the 1950s and taught music and education for more than 40 years at both UD and the Dayton Public Schools. Mr. Sears, a 1940 UD graduate, taught business management at the University before moving on to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as chief of contract terminations. The couple immersed themselves in campus life, serving as chaperones for dances, attending performances and cheering the Flyers at sporting events. The scholarship serves as a living tribute to their memory.

The Thomas C. Versic and Versic Family Memorial Scholarship assists students who are majoring in premedicine, one of the natural sciences or business administration. Dr. Versic was a 1958 graduate of the University of Dayton and earned his medical degree from Marquette University. He practiced ophthalmology in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 21 years and volunteered with Project Hope, aiding children and adults with eye diseases in Ecuador and Sri Lanka. Dr. Versic, believing he was blessed, stipulated that upon his death an endowed scholarship fund be established to assist young people who wished to attend UD.

The John F. McHale and Christine L. Mattsson Endowed Scholarship provides financial support for students, with preference for those who are considered underrepresented. The scholarship fund was established in 2002 by John F. McHale, a 1978 graduate of the University.

The Brother Elmer C. Lackner, S.M., Endowed Scholarship was established to commemorate the service and dedication of "Mr. UD,” as Brother Lackner was affectionately known. Brother Lackner graduated from the University of Dayton in 1927 and served in varied capacities during his 45-year tenure at UD, including, among others, teacher, dean, registrar, director of public relations and special assistant to the president. He organized four major campaigns at the University, resulting in $40,000,000 in new construction on campus.

The Carl I. Michaelis, Ph.D., Memorial Scholarship assists students who are majoring in either chemistry or premedicine. Dr. Michaelis was a member of the UD faculty for 35 years, having joined the chemistry department in 1954. In 1963, he was recognized as Professor of the Year and in 1988, he was appointed Professor Emeritus. Dr. Michaelis had great influence on hundreds of doctors and pharmacists who had once been his students. Dr. Michaelis established this fund through a bequest.

I am so grateful to be able to call myself a Flyer, and I would not be able to do so without your support and generosity.

Maggie Jones

communication, senior

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