Adell McMillan Memorial Scholarship

The Adell McMillan Memorial Fund was established to assist women in their development as leaders in the college union and student activities profession. The scholarship may be used to support any activity that develops leadership potential: attendance at an ACUI professional development program, support for development of a scholarly article, or support to make a presentation at an ACUI professional development program.


Nominees must:

  • Be a woman who is employed full-time at an ACUI member institution or enrolled full-time as a student at an ACUI member institution. 
  • If a professional, have been in the field at least two years but not more than five years.

Selection Criteria:

  • Have demonstrated commitment to the college union and student activities field through institutional involvement

Previous Recipients

2016 recipient:Kaitlyn Howarth
Kaitlyn Howarth, Temple University, who works as an operations manager and with the Office of Disability Resources to provide work experiences for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

2015 recipient: Hali Buck, The Ohio State University
2014 recipient: Jennifer Powell, Valparaiso University
2013 recipient: Reece Painter-Payne, Central Connecticut State University 

About Adell McMillan

Adell McMillanMcMillan served as director of the Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon, was president of ACUI, and was the recipient of the Butts-Whiting Award in 1987. In 2006, she authored a collection of oral histories of the college union movement and ACUI titled College Union Pioneers.

McMillan was recognized with the Butts-Whiting Award, ACUI's highest honor, in 1987, and she served as the ACUI president in 1981.

This scholarship recognizes her role as one of the first women to serve as a leader of ACUI and her commitment to the development of women in leadership roles.


Nomination Information

Please place nominations online by filling out the Adell McMillan Memorial Scholarship nomination form to include the following information:

  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of nominee;
  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of nominator, if appropriate;
  • Letter of support from an appropriate institutional representative indicating the applicant's leadership potential. Institutional representatives could include academic/faculty advisor, professional supervisor, or if appropriate, the supervisor of an ACUI volunteer team;
  • Letter of application, written by the applicant, to address the following (in 3,000 words or less):
    • The activity to be supported by the scholarship;
    • The expected learning outcomes from the experience;
    • How these learning outcomes complement the core competencies for the profession;
    • How the applicant will develop as a leader through the experience provided;
    • The applicant's past and current involvement with ACUI;
    • The applicant's past and current campus involvement, highlighting work and/or leadership roles in the field of college union and student activities.

This year's nomination deadline has closed for this award, which will be presented at the 2017 annual conference. 

Selection and presentation 

Nominations will receive written or electronic notification confirming their receipt. The ACUI awards committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review the applications to determine a winner. One winner will be chosen; one physical award will be given to the winner. The winner will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

Updated Jan. 7, 2017