Endowed Scholarship for Jewish Women Established


St. Louis – Maryville University has announced the establishment of the Irma Sue Macy “L’Dor V’Dor” Endowed Scholarship for Jewish women, made possible through a $600,000 gift from the late Irma Sue Macy. Translated from Hebrew, the scholarship name means “from generation to generation.”

A Missouri native, Ms. Macy lived in St. Louis for many years with her former husband, the late Peter Macy, owner of Mozel Chemical Company. She felt strongly about supporting young Jewish women in their pursuit of higher education. Her gift will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

“Maryville is extremely grateful to Ms. Macy for her generous gift,” said President Mark Lombardi, PhD. “We are honored to continue her legacy through this scholarship, which will provide significant opportunities for Jewish women at Maryville University for generations to come.”

Ms. Macy, who worked as a cartographer and an artist, pursued avid interests in art, American history and politics. A woman of deep faith, a milestone in her life was to convert to Judaism. She believed in the power of education as a means to professional success and personal enrichment.

As a philanthropist, Ms. Macy also supported the Mount Vernon Historical Society, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and various veterans’ charities.

Open to new and transferring Maryville University students, the “L’Dor V’Dor” undergraduate scholarships will be funded at $5,000 each and the graduate scholarships at $10,000 each. They are renewable annually for as long as recipients remain in good academic standing. Ms. Macy’s endowment will ultimately provide up to four undergraduate scholarships and one graduate scholarship annually.

About Maryville University
Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 82 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 16,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.