The Rosemary Orr Scholarship Fund was established in 2017 to provide financial assistance to students that have demonstrated perseverance and leadership amidst adversity. Through the financial support of students, the scholarship committee intends to honour the memory of dr. Rosemary Orr and her passion for enabling hardworking and determined students that use their leadership, creativity and humour to create diverse and inclusive communities. It gives special consideration to students who value education and take an active role in creating inclusive communities.

The scholarship committee basis their selection on the following criteria:

  • Want to pursue any degree in any subject area at UCU
  • Will meet minimum academic standards as set by UCU
  • Demonstrate perseverance and leadership in the face of adversity, with emphasis on those who have grown up in a conflict-zone or an economically impoverished region
  • Foster inclusiveness and respect in their communities
  • Value the transformative and empowering effects of education

We are welcoming donations for scholarships for students starting their education at UCU in the academic year 2018-2019. Donate to the Rosemary Orr Scholarship fund today!

Scholarship application 2017-2018 update

The Rosemary Orr Scholarship is currently in a fundraising state and is not soliciting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Information on the application process for 2018-2019 will be announced in early 2018. 

Rosemary Orr biography

Dr. Rosemary Orr, senior lecturer at University College Utrecht (UCU), passed away on 15 November 2016 after battling cancer.

Born and raised in Ireland, Rosemary received her bachelor’s degree in history and Germanic studies at Trinity College Dublin in 1987. For many years she was a full-time chef in Dublin before returning to academia, obtaining an M.Phil. in linguistics at Trinity in 1995, a field in which she remained active for the rest of her life. She obtained her PhD from Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2005. A phonetician by training, her recent research focused on accents, as evidenced in her UCU Accent Project and the Sprekend Nederland project, which captured national attention in the last year of her life.

Universally regarded by her colleagues as an outsized personality, Rosemary was a leading light in college life. Above all, she was a dedicated and talented tutor and teacher whose combination of high standards, humour, storytelling and encouragement deeply impacted the lives of many of her students.