The William M. Rodgers Fund
Rodgers Research Opportunity Scholarship Applications due November 15, 2013
About the Scholarship
Education was always important to William Rodgers. So important, in fact, that he took an unusual path to join the ranks of academia. "My husband retired from the Army at the age of 55 and thought, 'What to do?" said his widow, Mrs. Rodgers. At an age when most people consider winding down their careers, Mr. Rodgers began a new one. He enrolled at the University of Arizona for a master's in geography (he earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Washington prior to joining the Army). Soon after he received his post-graduate degree, Mr. Rodgers accepted a teaching position in UC Denver's Geography Department, a post he held until 1973 when he retired as Professor Emeritus in geography. He emerged from retirement on occasion, however, to lecture in the department. In honor of her late husband and his passion for geography, Mrs. Rodgers established the William M. Rodgers Fund at UC Denver. Created with an initial cash gift, the fund will support scholarships for undergraduates studying geography, a subject for which Mrs. Rodgers shares her husband's enthusiasm.
"He thought geography had long been neglected," she said. "It's such an important subject and must amount to more than just learning the capitals. It involves studying the social, economic, historical and political aspects of a region." Thanks to his service in the Army, Mr. Rodgers learned geography firsthand. By the time he retired as a Brigadier General, he had served in World War II and the Korean War, was a highly decorated officer, and had traveled extensively throughout the world, including nearly all of the Northern Hemisphere. All this travel enriched Mr. Rodgers' second career in education.
"He incorporated his life experiences from the military into his teachings at CU Denver," said Mrs. Rodgers of her husband, who frequently brought clothing and other items from various parts of the world into his classes to help illustrate points. His students were so captivated by their professor that many of them continued their discussions and debates about geography in their free time. "He had a loyal following of students who met regularly after class in one of the coffeehouses. They called themselves Rodgers' Rangers," said Mrs. Rodgers.
Given William Rodgers' distinguished careers in the military and classroom, Mrs. Rodgers created the scholarship in his name as a loving tribute to her husband of 67 years. "Education is one of the most important things to support," she said, "and my husband truly enjoyed teaching."
Research Scholarship Application
Undergraduate students seeking Rodgers Research Opportunity Scholarship support for research must meet the following criteria:
Though not required, the application would ideally link to a departmental honor’s thesis, or an independent study.
- CU Denver geography undergraduate major working toward a baccalaureate degree in geography
- minimum of 15 semester hours of completed course work with a cumulative CU grade point average ≥ 3.0
- students graduating in August 2014 may participate as the sole principle investigator, but may not serve as the principle investigator of a team project involving multiple students
- students are expected to work with their faculty advisor to submit a UROP application (http://www.ucdenver.edu/student‐services/resources/ue/UROP/Pages/default.aspx) or an equivalent funding source in conjunction with this application to leverage the funds. The student is not required to obtain the UROP; the only requirement is to submit an application.
The student principal investigator is responsible for submitting the complete application.
Applications submitted without the required faculty mentor’s support letter are incomplete. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please include the following in the application:
- Contact information (for all on application): name, student ID, email address
- Project Title
- Project Objectives, Introduction & Background, Project Description, Works Cited, Timeline
- (two pages maximum).
- Proposed Budget with Justification
- Unofficial Transcript
- Name of faculty advisor with brief letter of support
Applications due November 15, 2013