The George and Eunice McGuire Scholarship
About the Scholarship
George K. McGuire (1918–1972) was appointed to the faculty of the Education Center (now the School of Education) at Saint Xavier College in 1959 after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Promoted to the rank of professor in 1962, he served as director of the Education Center from 1969 to 1971. Prior to his association with the College (now a University), McGuire was assistant principal of the Laboratory School of the University of Chicago, where he served on the faculty. He taught at Loyola University and in the Chicago Public Schools and was published in the field of education.
In addition to the excellence* of his academic and scholarly contributions, McGuire was a caring and humane person who treated everyone he met with respect*. A thoughtful speaker and focused listener, he encouraged his students to speak well and listen carefully and actively. McGuire was a generous teacher who served as a model for students in a teacher preparation program.
Eunice McGuire was an intelligent and well-educated woman whose academic career also exemplified excellence. McGuire began her career in education in 1942 in southern Illinois. She later taught English at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for 39 years before retiring as head of the English Department in 1984.
Reflecting the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy who founded Saint Xavier University, the McGuires lived the virtue of hospitality*. They welcomed students, colleagues and all members of the SXU community. The McGuires were at home all over the globe, traveling extensively as citizens of the world. Their enthusiasm for nurturing future teachers and encouraging current teachers was well known. They supported all activities of Saint Xavier University and demonstrated their commitment to the University by providing a scholarship for a student in the School of Education.
*The core values of Saint Xavier University, as established and exemplified by the Sisters of Mercy.
Applications must be received by the School of Education by December 15. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
The McGuire Scholarship Committee will honor the memory of the late George and Eunice McGuire by selecting a student who exemplifies the qualities of excellence, respect and hospitality. All undergraduate and graduate students (except MATL) in the Saint Xavier University School of Education are eligible to submit an application. Past tuition grants have been approximately $4,000 each, for one undergraduate and one graduate winner. The grant is applied towards tuition in the following academic year.
- Applicants must complete the attached application form (PDF). Complete applications will include the application form, the essay and two letters of recommendation. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
- Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or better.
- Applicants must submit an essay (double-spaced, one to two pages). Please provide specific examples of how you embrace the values of excellence, respect and hospitality and how they relate to your plans for working in the field of education.
- Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be from a faculty member at Saint Xavier University. The other recommendation should be from someone external to the University and who knows your professional or volunteer work related to education. The letters of recommendation should refer to the values noted above and should be sent directly to the address below, postmarked by December 15:
Saint Xavier University
The McGuire Scholarship Committee
c/o School of Education
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655