Paul and Sheila Schnepf Endowed Scholarship
The scholarship was established with a financial gift from Paul and Sheila Schnepf, with matching funds from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., to encourage and assist young men and women from the State of Michigan to pursue higher education at Franklin College. It is given in honor of their three children: Clark D. Schnepf (B.S., Ferris State University; M.S. Michigan State University), Susan Schnepf O'Shea (B.A. Franklin College), and Matthew B. Schnepf (B.A. Franklin College; M.L.S., Indiana University) who all spent their formative years in Michigan. Higher education always played an important role in the lives of the Schnepfs. Paul was a long-time university registrar and also taught for nearly 30 years for the Independent Study Division of the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies. Professionally, Sheila served both in hospital health care and on the university-level in the areas of student testing and outcomes assessment. Because of their life-long commitment to higher education, it was their desire to establish a legacy designed to help future generations of Franklin College students achieve success in their own right, not only in the academic environment, but more importantly in life itself.
The first preference for awarding the Schnepf Endowed Scholarship shall be to assist a student from the State of Michigan seeking a four-year degree from Franklin College. Preference will be given to a student majoring in the field of communication (English, journalism, advertising, public relations). If no student from Michigan is available, preference will be given to a student from the Heartland states (Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee).