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Vivian P. Leidy

Mrs. Vivian P. Leidy established this endowed scholarship in memory of her husband, Dr. Gerald A. Leidy,  Dr. Leidy served for nearly 38 years in education, finishing as a professor in the Speech and Theatre Arts Department at Shippensburg University, retiring in 1988. During his tenure, Dr. Leidy served as chairman of the Scholarship Committee and was a strong advocate of scholarships that would recognize and reward academically talented young people and be an incentive for such students to enroll and remain at Shippensburg University. 
     Dr. Leidy began a career teaching English and speech therapy for the United Joint Schools of Indiana County. He came to Cumberland County in 1957 to work as a speech therapist. He later became a speech coordinator for Cumberland County schools. He received a degree in English and speech from Indiana State Teachers College, where he met Vivian, whom he married in 1954. At the time he enrolled in college, he was a four-year veteran of the Air Force and served one year in the Korean conflict. Dr. Leidy's master's degree in education was from the University of Pittsburgh, and he obtained a doctoral degree in special education from the University of Maryland. 
     Vivian received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State Teachers College in 1953. She later completed a master's degree in special education at Shippensburg State College in 1974. Vivian's 25-year career in education began at Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, followed by service at the Ben Franklin Elementary School in Indiana, PA.
Scholarships associated with Vivian P. Leidy
  • Dr. Gerald A. Leidy Outstanding Student Scholarship