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The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship

The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a meritorious MLS student. Established in 2012 in honor of USC Dornsife alumna Mary Myers Roney by her family, this award supports graduate students in liberal studies.

Roney was born in 1933, the daughter of a Methodist minister, and grew up in Camden, New Jersey.  After graduating from Dickenson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Roney set aside goals to attend law school and become an attorney, instead devoting herself to marriage with Roger Roney and raising their son and daughter.  Once her children were older, Roney chose to resume her education, earning a USC Master of Liberal Arts degree, the predecessor to the MLS degree, in 1986. 

Roney was drawn to a master of liberal arts degree because of its interdisciplinary nature and its focus on lifelong learning. Inspired by her childhood love of English literature and European and American history, her travels, and Master of Liberal Arts coursework, Roney researched the life of Mary James, the mother of Henry James, for her thesis, producing a fictional diary.

In honor of Roney, who died in September 2011, and her love of learning and the enriching experience in the MLA program, her family created this scholarship in her name.

At the MLS Colloquium on Thursday, May 10, 2012, the MLS Program announced that Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan is the first recipient of The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship.  On hand to congratulate Jeri was Dr. Lorna Joachim, the daughter of Mary Roney. 


Mischalgrace Diasanta is the 2013 scholarship recipient, announced at the May 16, 2013 Colloquium.


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