Chuck Morrell New Professional IPDS Scholarship

The purpose of the Chuck Morrell New Professional IPDS Scholarship is to honor the legacy of Chuck Morrell by providing a professional development opportunity for a new professional to attend IPDS: New Professionals Orientation.

The Chuck Morrell New Professional IPDS Scholarship will be given out annually to a new professional to support their leadership development within both the college union and student activities profession as well as the Association. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration to IPDS: New Professionals Orientation to help a new professional develop their skills as a community builder and develop relationships to last their professional career.


Applicants must:
  • Be a new professional in the field with one to five years of experience;
  • Be be from an institution with current institutional membership in the Association;
  • Not have previously attended the IPDS program.


Applicants should:
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the college union and student activities field;
  • Show an interest in professional development through attendance at IPDS;
  • Embody characteristics that would “Be Like Chuck”:
    • Live life to the fullest.
    • Work to create collaborative relationships on campus, within their department, and throughout their region.
    • Grow the profession through volunteerism in ACUI.

Previous RecipientsVictoria Rice

2016 recipient: 
Victoria Rice, Missouri State University, who received the scholarship to help her grow personally as a new professional and strengthen her knowledge on union and programming best practices. 

2015 recipient:
Sienna Abdulahad, Virginia Tech, who has an enthusiasm for the profession and desire to constantly improve and inspire those around her, challenging herself to grow and experience more and take her involvement to the next level.

About Chuck Morrell

Chuck MorrellChuck Morrell was a longtime supporter, visionary, and volunteer of ACUI before his retirement from the University of Connecticut in 2013. Known for the impact he had on people, his professional drive, and commitment to the college union, Morrell started his ACUI journey at the 1988 Indiana Professional Development Seminar, later renamed IPDS: New Professionals Orientation. His experience at IPDS launched his lifelong commitment to ACUI. Morrell went on to serve on the Region 1 Leadership Team and chaired the Region 1 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, reinforcing the importance international members play within the Association. Upon his retirement from higher education, he was bestowed the Emeritus Award from ACUI for his contributions to the profession and Association.

Morrell spent his career mentoring new professionals, instilling in them a love for the college union and ACUI. In his 2008 presidential address, Rich Steele coined the phrase “Be Like Chuck” when referencing the importance of giving back to the Association. This award seeks to honor Morrell’s legacy by providing talented new professionals the opportunity to experience the professional development opportunity that is IPDS, helping advance their careers as community builders within the student activities and college union profession.


Nomination information

Please submit nominations online by completing the Chuck Morrell New Professionals IPDS Scholarship nomination form to include the items listed below. Self-nominations are encouraged.

  • Name, title, institution, and full contact information of nominee;
  • Name, title, institution, and full contact information of nominator, if applicable;
  • Number of years in their current position and number of years in the field of college unions and student activities;
  • Current and/or previous involvement with ACUI or other associations, such as regional/international conferences or volunteer work for ACUI;
  • A statement about how will this program benefit the nominee in their professional development; include a summary of previous nominee's previous attendance at professional development programs of ACUI or other associations, including dates attended; 
  • A brief essay by the nominee on how they live life to the fullest, work to create collaborative relationships, and see the impact volunteers have within the Association.

The recipient may receive full or partial scholarship funding for the requested program. It is the recipient's obligation to cover travel and other costs not covered by the scholarship.

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 recipient. One scholarship recipient will be chosen; one physical award will be given to the recipient in addition to the scholarship. The recipient will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.


Updated Jan. 7, 2017