SOE Scholarships

The Dorothy Binder Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Dr. Dorothy Binder was a faculty member at Saint Xavier University from 1964-1994. She served as director of the Education Center (equivalent to current dean of the School of Education). She initiated a Learning Disabilities Center to meet the needs of local children with disabilities and to provide an incubator for graduate students to become special education teachers. Dr. Binder also hired founding faculty and commenced the graduate program in learning disabilities (now the Multicategorical Special Education program). In addition, Dr. Binder inaugurated the continuing education program at Saint Xavier University, with a unique interdisciplinary curriculum to meet the needs of returning adult students.

Dorothy Binder expected a great deal of herself and not much less of her colleagues and students. Dr. Binder was dedicated to excellence*. Dr. Binder was probably most renowned as a remarkable teacher of statistics, a course dreaded by many graduate students and dubbed by Dorothy as "sadistics." Yet, Dr. Binder's careful instruction and patient explanation led student after student to successful acquisition of statistical skills. Not only available during her generous office hours and many additional hours at the University, Dr. Binder regularly invited students to her home for review sessions or additional instruction, where a cup of tea or coffee and homemade Austrian pastry reduced the anxiety of mastering math.

Dorothy's gracious hospitality* helped students feel comfortable enough to concentrate and learn. Dorothy Binder also reached out to individual students, colleagues, and families in need. For twenty years, Dorothy and her family provided Christmas meals and gifts for a family on the west side. Sincere and unadvertised, Dorothy encouraged those she helped not to worry about repayment, but rather to "pay it forward" if they were ever in a position to do so. In acknowledgement of Dorothy's assistance in a financially troubled time, one of her colleagues has since paid for students' doctor's appointments, paid certification test fees, and even paid the security deposit and first several months' rent to help a graduate student  when she and her young children became suddenly homeless. Dr. Binder believed that the essence of living is giving. The hallmarks of Dorothy's life were compassion* and service.*

Application Deadline

Applications should be submitted by December 15 and letters of recommendation should be postmarked or hand-delivered to WAC G-203 by 4 p.m. December 15.

The Award

The committee of the Dr. Dorothy Binder Endowed Graduate Scholarship in Education seeks to honor Dr. Binder by helping an admitted School of Education graduate student who possesses the critical qualities of Dorothy, or who has been the recipient of the qualities of Dr. Binder and is cultivating them in response, to finance a part of a graduate education at Saint Xavier University. The scholarship will be a tuition grant of approximately $2,300.


Saint Xavier University
Dr. Binder Scholarship Committee
c/o School of Education
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

*Exact amount of tuition grants depends on available funds from endowments and individual student's account status. Please check with Financial Aid before applying. 

Application Form

Applicants must submit the online application below. Applicants must also print/give the Letter of Recommendation form (PDF) to their respective letter of recommendation writers to complete and turn in. No applications will be accepted or reviewed without the mandatory letters of recommendation. The online application must be filled out by December 15, it will close at 4 p.m.