William I. Heard served as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at IUP from 1963 to 1974.
Prior to coming to IUP, Heard taught in the Elders Ridge School District for about 30 years. During those years at Elders Ridge, he spent his summers earning a master’s degree in chemistry and did additional graduate work at six different universities
all across the United States.
During his tenure at IUP, Heard worked tirelessly and won the respect of both the faculty and students. According to Joseph Costa, one of his former colleagues, “Mr. Heard epitomized the title of educator. He was truly devoted to teaching and his students.
He went out of his way to help them, both in and out of the classroom.”
Heard retired in 1974 and then passed away suddenly just three years later in 1977. At the time of his death, Heard’s family and friends decided that, because of his lifelong dedication to teaching students, there would be no better way to pay tribute
to him than to establish a scholarship in his name. They also felt that since Heard’s life exemplified ideals, achievement, service, and integrity, these should form the basis of the award.
This award will be credited toward the student’s account and can be used toward tuition and/or other expenses during the academic year. In addition to the money, the award recipient’s name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Chemistry Department’s
The application is be due by 4:00 p.m. on February 28 in the Chemistry Department Main Office, 143 Weyandt Hall. Students should also, where necessary, arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent as soon as possible, so that they arrive in the Chemistry Department Office no later than March 13. For awards that require an interview, Dr. Elcesser will contact the students soon after spring break.
The award amount for 2019–20 is $1,412.
William Heard Scholarship Application
2014–15: Brittney L. Wiesheier2012–13: Amanda M. Lynn2009–10: Alex M. Daughenbaugh2008–09: Lacie K. Buxton2007–08: Tracey Baker
2006–07: Amy Jean Trexler2005–06: Jerrod W. Moore2004–05: Kevin M. Blake2003–04: Sumaiya Islam
2002–03: James E. McCarthy2001–02: Jessica A. Walton2000–01: Dana M. Berkey1999–2000: Trisha V. Wallace1998–99: David E. Keith1997–98: Jeffrey T. Roberts1996–97: Eric J. Jasper1995–96: Jennifer L. Coleman1994–95:
Laura J. Cochran1993–94: Wendy M. Ballas1992–93: Jonathan Licker
1991–92: Richard W. Washabaugh1990–91: Renee L. Shortencarrier1989–90: Michelle L. Sarver1988–89: Joanne Dusza
1987–88: Janine M. Bodziak1986–87: Michele M. Belak1985–86: Steven P. Learn1984–85: Sandra L. Backes1983–84: Lori A. Riggleman1982–83: Richard J. Loncharich1981–82: Michelle A. Kurpakus1980–81: Linda J. Cronk 1979–80: Brian J. Zande