Cairns Scholarship in French
The Nancy A. Cairns Scholarship Fund was established for Susquehanna students majoring in French. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to the French program and the Department of Modern Languages.
Nancy Lee Allen Cairns served on the French faculty at Susquehanna University for 27 years, from 1963-1990. She earned a B.A. at Marshall College, an M.A. at Ohio University and a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. While at SU, Cairns was head of the Department of Modern Languages, member of the Susquehanna University Press editorial board, founding member of the John App Honor Society, and faculty advisor to the Pi Delta Phi Honor Society.
During her own doctoral studies, Cairns spent a year at the University of Paris as a Fulbright Scholar. An enthusiastic proponent of international education, Professor Cairns served as secretary and president of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education.
Cairns was working on a book of literary criticism at the time of her death on September 29, 1990. She loved books and owned an extensive personal library of French literature. In 1991, her estate bequeathed to the Blough-Weis Library her collection of rare French books (now in the Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Room).
The same year, the Nancy Cairns Scholarship Fund was established in her memory.
The 2012-13 recipient is Nicole Powers, who has a double major in French and Creative Writing. Nicki will be studying abroad in Strasbourg, France in fall 2012.