As part of its 50-year reunion, the Class of 1961 wanted to leave a gift to the University while forever memorializing a beloved classmate. Led by 1961 classmates and former roommates Linda Fowler and Linda Balthaser (shown with President Pitts, below), the planning committee knew they wanted to do something special.
“We quickly narrowed our focus to something that would directly benefit students,” Balthaser said. “It didn’t take long from that point. Our choice of funding a scholarship for students in need was an easy decision.”
What made the Class of 1961 Scholarship unique was the decision to give it a very special name.
“We wanted the Class of 1961 Scholarship to be identified with a role model whom the recipients could strive to emulate,” Balthhaser said. “Thus; we chose to establish it in memory of our late class president, Mickie G. Shircliff.”
Shircliff received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1961, when UIndy was known as Indiana Central College, and an MBA in 1982. He served as class president and was a member of Sigma Zeta, national science and mathematics society, and Alpha Chi, national college honor society. Mickie also played varsity basketball at UIndy for four years, and as a sophomore and junior, he was named MVP by his teammates. As a senior, he was honored with the Walter Brenneman Memorial Award for his significant contribution to the promotion of sportsmanship. In 1961 Mickie was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, having been nominated by a faculty committee based on his scholastic standing, his participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, his general citizenship and service to the college, and his promise for future usefulness to society.
Mickie passed away in October 2007.
“We all remember Mickie fondly,” Fowler said. “He was a leader in the classroom, he was a leader on the basketball court, and he represented the best of each member of the Class of 1961 as our class president.
“He was a kind, passionate, and sincere friend. A man who loved ICC, who earned a scholarship, and who took advantage of the many opportunities it provided.”
At the Honors and Recognition luncheon during the October 1 Homecoming, Linda Fowler and Linda Balthaser presented President Beverley Pitts with a check for $12,680. Gifts from the Class of 1961 and the Shircliff family and friends were used to create the scholarship endowment. Their goal is to reach $25,000 to endow the scholarship fully.