Ronald M. Scott Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship goes to a first-year graduate student in chemistry with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.  Letters of recommendation and GRE scores can also be used as criteria in award determination.

Ronald M. Scott

A photo of Ronald M. Scott.
A photo of Ronald M. Scott.


Ron Scott was a Professor of Chemistry for 38 years, prior to his untimely passing in 1997.  He was appreciated by students, faculty, and staff for the breadth of his knowledge in several areas of chemistry (biochemistry, physical chemistry, toxicology, dietetics, and neurochemistry, his ability to speak extemporaneously on virtually any subject, his seemingly endless supply of free energy, his knowledge of Detroit geography and history, and his gift for telling a good tale.  His greeting was famous, even on the bleakest day, "The sun is shining.  The birds are singing."

Professor Scott loved Detroit, EMU, and teaching EMU students.  He was very active in outreach to high schools in the Detroit area.  The winner of several faculty teaching and scholarship awards, Professor Scott provided the stimulus for the creation of EMU's nursing program, outlined plans for the toxicology program, and at the time of his death, was seeking approval for an industrial hygiene program.  He was also an active participant in general education reform.  A prolific writer, Professor Scott published 38 papers, 10 books, and two laboratory manuals during his EMU tenure.


  • 2018 - Lucas Snider
  • 2017 - Jasmine Winzeler
  • 2016 - David Austin
  • 2015 - Jennifer Corker
  • 2014 - Reshmi Gopagani
  • 2013 - Evert Njomen and Darshani Weerakoon
  • 2012 - Naga S. Guntaka
  • 2011 - Gregory A. Abernathy
  • 2010 - David J. Arnold
  • 2009 - Srujana Katukuri
  • 2008 - Nadine C. El-Ayache
  • 2007 - Roshini S. Fernando
  • 2006 - Mahender Budarapu
  • 2005 - Nimita Dave
  • 2004 - Madhavi Lokireddy
  • 2003 - Babho Devadoss
  • 2002 - Shakila Tobwala
  • 2001 - Fumi Ebisu