School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
248 370 3050

Mary Joyce Pagano

Former SEHS Dean Dr. Mary Otto with 
Susan Pagano, daughter of 
Mary Joyce Pagano

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To request a paper application, email or contact the Education Advising office at (248) 370-4182.

Application Deadline
February 9, 2018

Applicants are notified at the end of term prior to term in which award is to be used.

For further information, contact:
  Education Advising
  363 Pawley Hall
  Oakland University
  Rochester, MI 48309
  (248) 370-4182

Scholarship Recipients

2015  Jonah Lane-Moore
          Rachel Long
2014  Leona Smith
2013  Amirah Jackson
          Jonathan Muxlow
2012  Andrew Poterek
2009  Karen Storks
2006  Tilda O'Neal
          Anita Robertson
2005  David Royer
2004  Sedrick Moody

Mary Joyce Pagano Memorial Award

Mary Joyce Pagano Memorial Award

Mary Joyce Pagano was a member of the 1963 charter class of Oakland University. She taught physics and chemistry at Pontiac Northern High School for 17 years and was a role model for young teachers. Joyce, as she was known, was keenly aware of the importance of a good education and held a strong belief that those willing to learn and achieve should receive whatever assistance necessary. She took a deep personal interest in her students; her good counsel and advice were often sought out.

In addition to her teaching passion, Joyce was a devoted wife and mother of two children. She loved horses, and upon her retirement she raised several horses on a farm in North Carolina. She had a natural flair for computers and the internet, realizing the potential for transforming the classroom experience. In memory of Joyce Pagano’s exceptional contribution to teaching and to sustain her legacy, family and friends established a scholarship fund to support teacher preparation for students doing their field placement in Pontiac or other urban settings.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • undergraduate students enrolled in elementary or secondary education
  • student teaching placement in Pontiac or another urban setting
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • financial need is considered but not a requirement for this award

Award Information:

The Mary Joyce Pagano Memorial Award is approximately $1,000 each year. Recipients of this award may re-apply in future years.

Karen Storks

Pagano recipients Jonah Lane-Moore and Rachel Long with Interim Associate Dean MacDonald and Dean Margerum-Leys

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If you would like to help the Mary Joyce Pagano Memorial Award grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at or (248) 370-4233.