African American And Latino Scholarships

Millersville University offers five application-based scholarships for African American or Latino students.  They are the African American/Latino Alumni Scholarship, the Parker-Jones-Womack Scholarship, the Francine G. and Gladys B. McNairy Scholarship, the Rita Smith Wade-El Social Justice Leadership Award and the Eva Mae and James Edward Smith Scholarship in African American Studies.

Apply now to the Common Scholarship Application

About the Scholarships

  1. Established in 1992, the African American/ Latino Alumni Scholarship (AA/LAS) strives to recognize outstanding, involved African-American and Latino juniors and seniors and seeks to aid them in graduating from Millersville University.  The AA/LAS scholarship was initially endowed in 1995 and continues to grow each year through generous support from alumni, friends, organizations, businesses, and parents.  The endowment funds up to four one-time scholarships annually for undergraduate students of great promise.  In addition to the AA/LAS Scholarships, the endowment funds one graduate award in memory of Keith S. Mills '78 who served on the committee until his death in 2003.

  2. The Parker-Jones-Womack Scholarship was founded by Kate Parker '76 and her family and friends. The endowment funds one scholarship annually.

  3. The Francine G. and Gladys B. McNairy Scholarship was funded by former university president Francine G. McNairy in recognition of her service at Millersville and to honor the memory of her mother. The endowment funds up to two students annually.

  4. The Rita Smith Wade-El Social Justice Leadership Award was established by Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El. It is awarded to an African American student leader in social justice. 

  5. The Eva Mae and James Edward Smith Scholarship in African American Studies was established by Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El. The scholarship is awarded to a student minoring in African American studies.  


  • All undergraduate applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have completed at least 30 credits.
  • Candidates for these scholarships must complete an application, provide a letter of recommendation regarding community service, and demonstrate effective written communication skills through an essay.
  • Applicants for the graduate scholarship must have 12 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.
  • Applicants may receive one or more of these awards. None are renewable.

How You Can Make a Difference

Gifts from individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses help increase the scholarship amounts we can offer. Make your gift online or send a check made payable to Millersville University Foundation with AA/LAS, Parker-Jones-Womack, or Thrillersville marked in the memo field to:

Development Office
Millersville University
PO Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551

  • Meet the 2017-18 AA/LAS Scholarship Recipients

    Olivia Benbow - 2017-18 AA/LAS Scholarship recipientOlivia Benbow

    Olivia Benbow from Shippensburg, Pa is a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, Olivia would like to get a teaching job at Milton Hershey or in the Lancaster School District.

    Mariadeliz Ralat Dejesus is a 2017-28 AA/LAS Scholarship recipientMariadeliz Ralat Dejesus

    Mariadeliz Dejesus from Lancaster, Pa will graduate in 2018 with a degree in school psychology. After graduation Mariadeliz plans to work in an urban setting as a school psychologist.

    Nikole Rottkamp 2017-18 AA/LAS Scholarship recipientNikole Rottkamp

    Nikole from Lititz, Pa is a senior majoring in Spanish Education. After graduation Nikole intends to teach ESL to immigrants and refugees in the Lancaster area.

  • AA/LAS Committee Members
    • Antoine R. Wright '02, Chair
    • Tamara Willis, PhD '99
    • Garvia M. Hill '76
    • April Lavong '81
    • Angel L. Shelley-Royal '02
    • Tiffany Jackson '94