John Plummer Memorial Scholarship

Plummer Scholarship 2018
Mylo Parker-Emerson, 2018 scholarship recipient, stands with Hans Johnson ’92 after the 2018 John Plummer Memorial Scholarship Recognition Ceremony.

The John Plummer Memorial Scholarship for Promoting a Welcoming Campus for LGBTQ People was established in 2008 in memory of John Plummer, a longtime comptroller in the Wooster Business Office and mentor to the Wooster lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) student community. Plummer, one of the few openly gay persons on campus, served as a lifeline to many in Wooster’s gay student community and was an ardent advocate for a more inclusive and respectful Wooster campus. After Plummer’s death in 2006, Hans Johnson, a 1992 graduate, and friend of Plummer became the guiding force in the creation of the scholarship.

About the Scholarship

The scholarship combines individual gifts from private donors. The scholarship, of approximately $1500, is conferred on a sophomore, junior, or senior student each year in the fall based on the recommendation of a small advisory committee. The committee includes representatives of alumni, the board, faculty, administration, and the business office (from which John Plummer retired as comptroller in 2002).

The scholarship is open to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Indeed, non-gay allies play a particularly important role in eradicating stigma and in extending the boundaries of knowledge and respect. The scholarship embraces this understanding.

Nominations for 2019-20 and 2020-21

This year we are shifting the timeline of future award distribution to spring semesters and therefore are currently seeking nominations for BOTH the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Please see the poster for more information on nominations

Nomination form due 11/25/19 for 2019-20 and 2020-21 nominations.

Recognition of Recipients

Recipients of the John Plummer Memorial Scholarship for Promoting a Welcoming Campus for LGBTQ People will be honored at the annual ceremonies of the Dewald Recognition Banquet and Lavender Celebration.

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • 2018 - Mylo Parker-Emerson
  • 2017 - Arthur R. E. Vidmar
  • 2016 - Foster Jia-Ming Cheng
  • 2015 - Lillian Shepherd
  • 2014 - Jacob Danko
  • 2013 - Jacob Malone
  • 2012 - Christina Bowerman
  • 2011 - Sage Nenyue
  • 2010 - Estancia Cota
  • 2009 - Kylie Schrock
  • 2008 - Sarah Gollwitzer 

For more information about the scholarship and its' history, please visit the John Plummer Memorial Scholarship website. For questions, please email