About the Rising Star Scholarship founder
The “Rising” Star Scholarship was founded by Dr. Judy Elsley, who left her home country of England in 1979. She worked her way through graduate school as a teaching assistant, earning her Master’s Degree in English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1982-84) and a Ph.D at the University of Arizona (1985-90). She has worked at Weber State University since 1990.
For Judy, “As a nontrad student myself, I found the United States was a place of opportunity where I could pursue my educational dreams.” When she became a full professor in 1997, she decided it was time to give back by funding the “Rising Star” scholarship for nontraditional students.