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School of Education announces scholarships

Four Saint Xavier University students receive awards

Chicago (March 23, 2006) – Four Chicago area women have been awarded scholarships by Saint Xavier University’s School of Education.

Beverly Gulley, dean of Saint Xavier University’s School of Education, recently announced the winners of the 2006 Binder, Davis, Gallagher, and Leake Scholarships. 

“Thanks to generous donations, we are able to continue the connection between our current students and the heritage of the fine teachers who are honored by these scholarships,” Gully said. “The School of Education hopes to expand the scholarship program to benefit more students in the future.” 

Laura Wolf, of Crestwood, was awarded the Dr. Dorothy Binder Endowed Graduate Scholarship, which provides tuition for one course at Saint Xavier. Wolf works as a speech assistant at Hickory Hills Learning Center and is a graduate student in special education. In addition to earning a 4.0 grade point average, Wolf has dedicated hundreds of hours a year to volunteer activities with cystic fibrosis patients, at-risk children and other worthy causes. The scholarship committee recognizes Wolf’s commitment to excellence, hospitality, compassion and service to others – qualities that Binder exhibited throughout her life. 

Nancy Eichwald, of New Lenox, was awarded the Dorothy Ritter Davis Scholarship, a $7,000 tuition grant funded by the estate of alumna Dorothy Davis. A graduate student in elementary education, Eichwald attends classes at Saint Xavier’s Orland Park campus. She also works as a physical therapist with a variety of patients and families from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The scholarship committee recognizes Eichwald’s academic excellence, compassion, service to her community and respect and appreciation for diversity – qualities that Davis exhibited throughout her life. 

Renee Covert, of Homewood, was awarded the Elaine Gallagher Scholarship, a $2,500 tuition grant funded by the estate of alumna Elaine Gallagher and donations made in her memory. Covert is an undergraduate student in elementary education and actively volunteers with her church and community, including assisting hurricane evacuees at a local shelter. The scholarship committee recognizes Covert’s enthusiasm for teaching science, love of learning and demonstration of leadership and service – qualities that Gallagher demonstrated throughout her life. 

Tiffany Durham, of Chicago, was awarded the Lloyd Leake Scholarship, which is funded by the family and friends of the late Lloyd Leake and provides a tuition grant of approximately $2,000 for an African-American undergraduate student.  Durham researched the number of African-American students who struggle to meet state standards on standardized tests, especially in reading. She established a youth book club in her church community to improve children’s reading comprehension skills and enjoyment. The scholarship committee recognizes Durham’s commitment to excellence and lifelong learning, hospitality, determination, persistence and compassion – qualities that Leake exhibited throughout his life. 

Members of the scholarship committee said it was very difficult to choose winners from the numerous academically excellent applicants who shared their stories, dreams and plans. There were many outstanding essays and exemplary recommendations, as well as clear evidence of the development of scholars, lifelong learners, leaders and reflective professionals dedicated to the pursuit of excellence – the hallmarks of the School of Education.

“As Laura, Nancy, Tiffany and Renee continue their journey at Saint Xavier University and in the teaching profession, those qualities that earned them scholarships and recognition will continue to be a source of pride for them and the School of Education,” Gulley said.

For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University School of Education at (773) 298-3177.


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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