Mary Steele Owen Endowed Scholarship
A 1936 graduate of Franklin College and a Professor Emerita of history at her alma mater, Mary Steele Owen so inspired her students that, upon her retirement in 1980, several of them formed a committee to raise funds for a scholarship in her honor. Those students were successful and the Mary Steele Owen Endowed Scholarship stands as a testament of appreciation to a beloved educator. After graduating from Franklin College, Dr. Owen earned her master's and doctorate degrees from Indiana University. At Franklin College, she was twice voted "Professor of the Year" and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. She was a past president of the Association of University Professors at Franklin.
The Mary Steele Owen Endowed Scholarship is available to first year students at Franklin College. The students must have achieved academic excellence in history, political science or humanities courses in high school. They must rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class and have scored a 550 or better on the verbal portion of the SAT (24 or more on the English section of the ACT). Candidates for the award must have applied for and been accepted to Franklin College and they must enroll full-time at the school. To keep the award, the student must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or better at the end of their first semester. To keep the award after their freshman year, students must maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher and "exemplify social behavior befitting a scholar." The financial aid office selects recipients of the award.