Gretchen Laatsch Scholarship

The Gretchen Laatsch Scholarship was established by former ACUI President Gretchen Laatsch from the University of Akron and her husband, Jim Switzer. The scholarship is intended to encourage graduate students to submit professional quality articles of interest to the field of college unions and student activities. The scholarship is open to any student enrolled in a graduate program.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The student must be recognized by an institution as a student in pursuit of a graduate degree in any academic area.
  • Special consideration will be given to students either currently in the field of college unions and student activities or those intending to enter the profession.
  • Students may apply annually but may only receive the award one time.


2014 Gretchen Laatsch WinnerPrevious Recipients

2014 recipient:
Victoria Culver, Indiana University-Bloomington. The article submitted for this award shared lessons learned while volunteering for ACUI, which directly reflected the core values of learning, caring community, and joy. It communicated a true passion for the role of the college union and the people who are committed to doing the work.  

2013 recipient: Alicia Fitzgerald, University of Missouri-Columbia
2012 recipient: Angel Flowers, Ohio Univeristy
2011 recipient:
Christina Reddick, Florida International University
2010 recipient:
Krista Harrell-Blair, Old Dominion University

Nomination information

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. An article containing a minimum of 500 words suitable for publication in an Association publication at the discretion of ACUI. The article may be edited or expanded and may address the following topics:
    1. The impact of the college union and student activities field in the life of the applicant.
    2. The impact of a college union and student activities profession in the life of a student.
    3. Reasons why the applicant has selected the profession.
    4. Career goals the applicant has that are related to the development of students.
    5. Experiences as a graduate assistant or a graduate student.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a college union or student activities professional that supports the selection of the applicant.

The nomination window for this year’s awards is currently closed, with recipients being presented at the 2016 annual conference. Nominations will be collected again in late 2016.

Selection and presentation 

The ACUI awards committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review the applications to determine a winner. One winner will be chosen; one award will be given to the winner. If the winning article is co-authored, prize money will be split between authors. The winner will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

Updated Dec. 8, 2015