Literacy for Diverse Learners Program

Mary C. Pirrung Endowed Scholarship


Mary C. Pirrung founded the graduate reading program in the Seattle University College of Education. While at Seattle University, Professor Pirrung mentored many preservice and experienced teachers. Her influence on literacy education has been perpetuated by the annual awarding of the Mary C. Pirrung Scholarship.

The Mary C. Pirrung Scholarship was established in the will of Professor Pirrung after her death in 1985 to provide support for teacher education students in either bachelor's or master's degrees. Preference for a student who is interested in reading and literacy. Alumni and friends of Mary Pirrung also contribute to this scholarship fund. The scholarship of approximately $1000 is awarded annually to a superior teacher education undergratuate or graduate student who manifests the commitment to excellent literacy education exhibited by Professor Pirrung for over 30 years.

Amount Awarded: $1,000 – $1,200

Duration: One year

Application Deadline: May 1.


Students in a teacher education program are eligible to apply if they have completed at least:

  • 15 graduate credits at Seattle University with a 3.7 grade point average.
  • One literacy course at Seattle University.

The student selected will exhibit a commitment to excellent literacy education. The award is granted by a committee of program faculty.

Application Procedure

Application information is sent each spring to teacher education candidates, and the award is granted by a committee of program faculty. Applications must be received by the date published to teacher education students each year. The scholarship applies to coursework taken during the following academic year (summer, fall, winter, spring).

MIT Program Scholarship Information and Application

Selection Committee

Two faculty members, Department of Teaching and Learning