The Dorothy Loeffler
Memorial Scholarship Fund
MWP began awarding scholarships to members working on doctoral dissertations with its initial grant to Margaret Charmoli in 1984. Ten years later, it extended its annual grants to one master and one doctoral candidate. The awards began at $300 and ultimately rose to $1,000 for doctoral and $500 for master candidates. A history of MWP’s scholarship program is available on pp. 22–23 of the June 1997 (20th Anniversary) newsletter.
Dorothy Loeffler was a feminist psychologist and educator. She worked at the University of Minnesota Student Counseling Bureau until she retired in 1995. She was an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education, where she initiated a popular class called “Women: A Sense of Identity.” Dorothy served on many dissertation committees and mentored countless members of this organization.
Following Dorothy’s death on June 16, 2013, Char Follett began a one-woman campaign to name
the MWP scholarship fund in Dorothy’s honor. Char wrote letters, made phone calls, and hosted a reception to garner support for this idea, later approved by the MWP Executive Committee. The Winter 2014 newsletter announced the name change, and MWP awarded the Dorothy Loeffler Memorial Scholarships at its 2014 annual meeting to graduate student Faye Foote and early career professional Linda LaBarre.
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