The late William Chandler Bagley, a 1908 Professor of Education, and 1909 director of the School of Education, established the William Chandler Bagley Scholarship. In 1914, the first two degrees of Doctor of Philosophy with an Education major were granted. Bagley passed away in 1946 and left a legacy as someone who insisted that formal training and experience were needed to promote good educational practice. These scholarships are funded by friends of the College. Since 1988, the College of Education has designated outstanding undergraduate and graduate students as Bagley Scholars.

Scholarships are by academic merit, professional experience, public service, and commitment to the field of Education. Each year, a number of doctoral students are designated as outstanding William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholars. Bagley Doctoral scholars are eligible for a maximum of two Bagley scholarships.

Scholarship amount: $2,000.  The awardee will receive a $2,000.00 taxable award payable in two installments (½ fall; ½ spring) which will be applied to the student account.  However, the spring disbursement is pending satisfactory progress in fall. 


  1. Registered doctoral student in the College of Education.
  2. Maintain full-time student status (minimum of 12 hours in fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters).
  3. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in fall and spring semesters.

How to Apply

Students who wish to be considered for a College award or scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year must complete the College of Education Graduate Student Award application.  This application includes a statement of purpose and resume.  Submissions must be received by March 18, 2015.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee an award or scholarship.

The review of College Graduate Student Awards is a two step process:

  1. Each Departmental Awards Committee will review submitted applications and select the student(s) to be forwarded to the College Graduate Awards Committee for review.  
  2. Students forwarded to the College Graduate Awards Committee will be asked to supply two letters of recommendation - one from the adviser and the other from supporting faculty in the College of Education.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the College Graduate Awards Committee.  Awardees will be informed via email.    

Awardee Expectations

  1. Be a registered full-time master's or doctoral student in the College of Education during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
  2. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in fall and spring semesters
  3. Attend the College of Education Student Recognition Brunch held in November to meet the donor, and write and thank the donor.