April 28, 2015
FR. ARTHUR DECRANE/JUDGE WILLIAM HOUSER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED
March 25, 2015
YOUNGSTOWN, OH –
Fr. Arthur DeCrane was the first full-time Catholic chaplain for students at YSU. He served in this capacity for eleven (1943-1954) of his forty-two years as a priest. Father DeCrane exemplified the Newman Organization’s motto of
Cor Ad Cor Loquitur
(“Heart speaks to heart”) in his work as Newman’s chaplain and as a parish priest. Established in 1984, the scholarship serves as a tribute to Father DeCrane who guided many students on campus spiritually, scholastically, and personally.
In 1997, this memorial scholarship was augmented in memory of Judge William Houser, who was an active member of the Newman Club during Father DeCrane’s chaplaincy. They developed a friendship which continued until Father DeCrane’s death. Judge Houser was dedicated to his family and was recognized as a leader in his church, his community, and his profession. He served as Mahoning County Common Pleas judge from 1983 until his death in 1994. This scholarship is funded by Mrs. Josephine Houser and family in memory of her friend Father DeCrane and her husband, Judge Houser.
Each spring, Houser family selects and awards the scholarship to a full time student at Youngstown State University who is an active member of the Catholic Student Association, is in good academic standing, and has contributed time and talent to YSU and the local community.
This year, Kelly Dahman a sophomore at YSU majoring in Early Childhood Education received the Father Arthur DeCrane/Judge William Houser Scholarship. Kelly eagerly became a leader of the Catholic Student Association, currently serving as the Vice President of the organization. In addition, Kelly spends time tutoring students through Potter’s Wheel, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters.