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Darren Haney Memorial Scholarship Fund


These scholarships are given in memory of Dr. Darren W. Haney, who served as the ESL Coordinator for the
Murphysboro School District for three years {2017-2020), where he taught ESL at the high school as well as at the elementary and middle schools. Darren often spoke of his time teaching in Murphysboro as the happiest time of his life, and of his great affection for his students and fellow faculty members.

Darren attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he studied Spanish and Classics and the
University of Wisconsin where he received his PhD in historical Spanish linguistics. He was a passionate and
dedicated teacher who cared immensely about his students, both inside and outside the classroom. Darren was a caring and generous soul. He was always willing and eager to respond when he saw someone in need.

Darren was a talented musician as well, and played guitar, banjo and pedal steel; he was a prolific songwriter who was also a skillful and soulful vocalist. He often played open performing an eclectic mix of jazz, old country and Spanish/Portuguese favorites. He was a friend of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship where he often sang in the choir and played with the Unitarian Folk Orchestra.

We, his family, honor his memory and hope to continue his legacy of learning by awarding scholarships every year under the following guidelines:




  • Murphysboro High School graduating student, continuing education at college, university or technical institute

  • Current or former member of Multi-Cultural Club or English as a Second Language program

  • Academics -Grade Point Average of 2.5 and above {focus on academic ability not just success)


  • Up to 2 recommendation letters with at least 1 of the following:

    • Language or ESL Teacher (preferably)

    • Community Member

    • Any Teacher at Murphysboro H.S.

  • Please compose a 400-500 word {double spaced) essay on any of the following topics:

    • The role of language barriers in our society and how it has affected me

    • What you hope to achieve (goals, hopes) in your continuing education

    •  What qualities do you believe you have in common with Dr .. Haney and/or who has been your mentor and how have they impacted your life in a positive manner

    • If you play an instrument and/or sing, how do you believe music transcends language barriers?

  • Listing of

    • Academic/Awards/Honors

    • Clubs/Societies/Organizations



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