Do you know a staff member who exemplifies service and dedication? Nominate them for the Tom Loveridge Memorial Scholarship awarded by the U’s Staff Council. This academic scholarship of $1,250 can be used by staff to complete courses here at the U and provides funding for staff members focused on bettering our campus.
The scholarship’s namesake began his time at the U in 1954 as an undergraduate, then later as a graduate student. He became an instructor and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action, and eventually became the U’s associate vice president of Human Resources.
“Tom was a fierce supporter of U staff and represented the essence of the U Community,” said longtime colleague and friend Chris Bone, director of employee relations. “He helped start the Staff Council and stayed close as an ex-officio Staff Council member throughout his career. He was an ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion and headed up many a project/program to further these causes.”
Loveridge had many hobbies including flying remote-control airplanes and performing magic; he performed magic at various staff meetings on campus and every year at the faculty holiday open house. Tom was very well known to many on campus for his friendliness, compassion, humor, professionalism and expertise.
“We wish to honor Tom by selecting staff members who exemplify a readiness to not only better themselves but to lift up their colleagues and the rest of the University community in the process,” said John Boyack, president-elect, Staff Council. “Service to the U is what Staff Council is all about.”
After his passing in 2012, the Tom Loveridge Staff Scholarship Fund was established in his honor. Staff Council will award this scholarship up to twice a year to eligible staff taking courses at the U and engaging in U community development activities.
The applicant must meet the following criteria for consideration:
- The applicant must be currently employed at 75 percent or above Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) in a benefits eligible position at the University of Utah and have held a consistent position at this level for at least two consecutive years.
- The applicant may not have received a Staff Council Scholarship within the past two years.
- The applicant may not be a current Staff Council Member.
Apply or nominate someone today.
Nominations and applications are also being accepted for $500 staff scholarships. These, more general and open-ended scholarships can be used towards professional trainings, symposia, conferences, or workshops and their associated expenses on-or-off campus.