Rosemary Orr Scholarship Fund

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

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Scholarship application 2018-2019

The Rosemary Orr Scholarship committee is now accepting applications for new UCU students starting in September 2018. Instead of a motivation letter, we would love to see a story as part of the application for the scholarship. Storytelling is a valued skill that is used in various contexts - as tool for partnership brokering or conflict resolution. Stories also have an important teaching value. Rosemary Orr believed that each story has a lesson to teach. To apply for a Rosemary Orr scholarship, applicants must tell us a story about a time they overcame adversity of sorts.

Prospective students who applied for admission at UCU before 1 January and submitted a financial aid application, have received information about this additional scholarship opportunity, including instructions regarding the application process. The application deadline for the Rosemary Orr Scholarship is 1 February 2018. The award will be based on merit alone, and the amount of the scholarship will depend on the selected candidate’s financial need. The outcome of the Rosemary Orr Scholarship selection for 2018 will be communicated to the applicants simultaneously with the decision regarding their admission to UCU and their financial aid application.

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.