2010 Scholarship Recipients


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The KATHLEEN BROPHY SCHOLARSHIP was established in honor of Kathleen Brophy, retired Professor and Chairperson of Women's Physical Education.


  • 3.0 GPA based on at least 1 academic year at WIU
  • Junior or Senior with at least one term remaining
  • Demonstration of Professional Activities

Application for the Kathleen Brophy Scholarship

The DITTUS SCHOLARSHIP was established by Loren K. and Jo Anne Dittus. Dr. Dittus served as Professor and Associate Dean, College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER).


  • 3.0 GPA after 4 semesters/60 semester hours
  • Junior
  • Demonstration of Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Demonstration of Leadership Qualities
  • No transfer students eligible

Application for the Dittus Scholarship

The WIX GARNER SCHOLARSHIP was established in memory of Dr. Charles "Wix" Garner. "Wix" served WIU in the Department of Physical Education from 1937 until his retirement in 1965. He served in many capacities during his tenure at Western; including Director of Athletics on several occasions, and as head football coach, head baseball coach and professor.


  • 3.0 GPA after completion of 5 semesters and minimum of 75 semester hours
  • Attending WIU at least 2 academic years
  • Male
  • Junior
  • Demonstration of Participation and Leadership Qualities in Intercollegiate, Intramural, or Club Sports and/or student activities

Application for the Wix Garner Scholarship

The WILLIAM HUGHES SCHOLARSHIP was established in the Spring of 1982 to honor Bill Hughes, former Professor and Department Chair of Men's Physical Education. Bill Hughes served as Department Chairperson from 1968 until his retirement in 1982.


  • 3.0 GPA
  • 5 semesters completed at WIU
  • 60 semester hours completed at WIU
  • Plan to graduate from WIU

Application for the William Hughes Scholarship

The KINESIOLOGY ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP was established by funds contributed to the department by interested alumni.


  • Incoming Freshmen
  • ACT Score of 25 or higher
  • Declared Kinesiology major
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or extra-curricular involvement in high school

Application for the Kinesiology Alumni Scholarship

The WILLIAM L. LAKIE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by his wife, Mary, and family and friends, in memory of William L. Lakie. Dr. Lakie was Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) from 1971 until his death in April, 1988.


  • 3.5 GPA
  • Graduate student
  • Demonstration of Academic Achievement
  • Demonstration of Extra-curricular professional activities
  • Demonstration of Leadership Qualities in University/Community/Professional Activies

Application for the William L. Lakie Scholarship

The MATTHEW H. MCGUINESS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by Denise Otto McGuinness, in memory of her son, Matthew. Matthew never attended WIU. However, when he was killed in an auto accident in August, 1988 his mother, a 1959 graduate of WIU, established this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional studies program student (generally, a student 25 years or older who started college later in life; or one whose education was interrupted and is now returning to campus to complete his/her degree).


  • 2.75 GPA after 24 semester hours completed at WIU
  • Non-traditional undergraduate student (25 years or older)
  • Male
  • Evidence of involvement in community

Application for the Matthew McGuinness Scholarship

The MARYELLEN MCKEE SCHOLARSHIP was established for freshman majoring in Kinesiology. Dr. McKee retired in 1984 after 28 years at WIU in the Physical Education Department.


  • One female and one male scholarship available for incoming freshmen
  • Must have an ACT of 21 or higher or be in top 10% of high school graduating class
  • Must have been accepted by WIU at time of application
  • Must maintain GPA of 3.0 over a 4-year term and remain in Kinesiology

Application for the MaryEllen McKee Scholarship

The M. BERNADINE MINGS SCHOLARSHIP was established for M. Bernadine Mings who was WIU's first athletic academic advisor. As a member of the Physical Education faculty and an athletic advisor she was credited with elevating Western's student-athlete graduation rate among the highest of all NCAA institutions. This scholarship, in her name, is intended especially for those student-athletes who are majoring in Kinesiology.


  • 3.0 GPA
  • Junior or Senior Kinesiology Major
  • Current student-athlete of WIU athletic team for at least one academic year
  • Demonstration of positive personal characteristics with strong leadership qualities, sound work ethics, and eagerness toward life's challenges

Application for the M. Bernadine Mings Scholarship

The DORA SHARP SCHOLARSHIP was established by Helen Yeast of Sahaurita,
Arizona to honor Dora Sharp, Head of Women's Physical Education at WIU. Ms. Sharp came to Western in 1925 and remained until her retirement in 1943. She came to Western because she had always been interested in helping women who were planning to teach Physical Education.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Junior or Senior
  • Female
  • Physical Education Teacher Education Major
  • Must show promise as a teacher

Application for the Dora Sharp Scholarship

The Tetsua Ueda Athletic Training Student Scholarship was established by Tetsua Ueda.

  • 3.0 GPA based on at least 1 academic year at WIU
  • Junior or Senior within the Athletic Training Education Program by the end of the semester of application
  • Preference will be given to students able to document experience gained by working in athletic training during summer sports camps
  • An essay no longer than one page discussing goals and future plans

Application for the Tetsua Ueda Scholarship

The Lola “Westy” Westendorf Scholarship was established in honor of Lola Westendorf, retired professor of Women's Physical Education and assistant and head coach of Women’s Volleyball.


  • 3.25 GPA based on at least 1 academic year at WIU
  • Junior or Senior majoring in Kinesiology
  • Active in department activities
  • Demonstration of Professional Activities

Application for the Lola Westendorf Scholarship

The HELEN MCCUTCHEON YEAST SCHOLARSHIP was established by Helen McCutcheon-Yeast. Mrs. McCutcheon-Yeast was "literally raised at Western, first grade through college," graduating in 1935. The scholarship is for transfer students majoring in Physical Education.


  • Available to incoming transfer students from an Illinois community college
  • Must have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at the community college level
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4 pt. scale)
  • High school and college honors and participation in extra-curricular activities, clubs, and organizations will be considered.

Application for the Helen McCutcheon Yeast Scholarship