UT Professional Staff Association

Professional Staff Association Scholarship Fund


The University of Toledo Professional Staff Association Scholarship fund is sponsored by the Professional Staff Association (PSA), a group comprised of classified-exempt and unclassified administrative and professional employees who do not belong to a collective bargaining unit. Applicants must be UT students enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours with at least sophomore standing (30 earned hours). A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required, and financial need will be considered. The scholarship is non-college specific and can be used to fund tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses. It is not automatically renewable – applicants must apply each year – and it is refundable. The total amount of scholarships awarded will be based on yearly funds available. 


To apply, students must submit a completed application form, 500 word essay,  personal references as requested, and have a completed FAFSA on file. The scholarship also requires a recommendation from a current PSA member, which will be automatically requested with the application submission.

The PSA Scholarship Committee will evaluate the submitted materials and final candidates after the close of the application in March. Award recipients are announced at the PSA Annual Meeting in May.

THE PSA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be welcome beginning December 2019.



PSA Scholarship Award Recipients


Nneka Azuka - Pharmacy

Nneka is a senior in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, majoring in Pharmacy Administration with minors in Economics, Business, and Chemistry. She hopes to pursue graduate school in a health related field with the goal of bringing quality healthcare to all. Nneka writes, I am someone who understands what it is like to struggle financially and I am passionate about bringing quality healthcare to those who have been or will be in the same situations I have been in. 

taylor Harris - English

Taylor is a sophomore English major. She hopes to become an attorney in order to make a difference in the world. She writes, We are privileged to live in the democracy that we have today, but there are rules that need fixing within our government to make the country run more efficiently and smoothly. Upon receiving my law degree, I will tackle these issues at hand. 

Prakash Kadka - computer science and engineering

Prakash is a sophomore from Nepal, majoring in Computer Science Engineering. His career goal is to digitize Nepal. He writes, I always wanted to help in the development of my nation. I always wanted to fulfill my responsibility towards my nation. I wanted to run my own project in my country to find the solutions of internet and communication problems in rural parts. 

Danielle Smolka Social Work

Danielle is a sophomore majoring in Social Work. Danielle hopes to become an advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She writes, I would also love to be a public speaker for awareness, education, and prevention of sexual assault in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. My goal for this would be to give presentations to students or possibly start programs at schools in which the students are taught what sexual violence is, how to recognize it, and what to do if they are in this type of situation.


Last Updated: 6/30/19