Catherine Curran O’Malley Scholarship in International Studies

The College of Liberal Arts will award scholarships for use in the upcoming academic year to undergraduate students who are declared majors within the College and who demonstrate strong academic performance.

Dr. Terry Cooney at Commencement
Former CLA Dean Dr. Cooney at the SP 2015 CLA Commencement Ceremony

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for the Catherine Curran O’Malley Scholarship in International Studies. The scholarship is supported by an endowment created by Mary Fulton Shock ’75 to honor the public service as a public prosecutor, judge, active volunteer and advocate, and First Lady of Maryland. In making the gift, Ms. Shock noted that Catherine O’Malley ‘85 is “representative of what Towson hopes for its alumni – successful in her field and a well-rounded individual.”

Undergraduate students are eligible to stand as candidates for the award when:

  • They have a declared major in International Studies.
  • They have completed at least three courses at Towson counting toward the International Studies major before submitting an application.
  • They have a grade point average above 3.2.

Those wishing to apply should provide the following documents:

  • An application cover sheet fully completed and signed. Application Link 
  • A Towson University transcript.
  • A statement discussing the student’s interest in and commitment to the study of international or global issues, including when appropriate future plans (two pages maximum).

These documents should be submitted together as one application through Blackbaud Award Management (BAUD) by 2nd Friday in March.

One or more scholarships will be awarded each year as funds permit, and recipients who continue to meet all criteria for the scholarship will be eligible for a renewal of the award through application in a subsequent year. The amount of the award may vary somewhat with the availability of funds but will normally stand at approximately $2000 per award recipient. The selection committee for the award will include the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the director of the International Studies program, and at least two additional faculty members. Should no International Studies major apply for or meet the criteria for the scholarship, the award may be given to any student majoring in the College of Liberal Arts.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarships, please call the CLA Dean's Office at 410-704-2128 or email at 

Chris J. Chulos