The Jeanne Hurley Simon Memorial Scholarship

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The Jeanne Hurley Simon Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Jeanne's life and legacy.

This scholarship was established by the generosity of Carolyn Wagner Snyder, former dean of SIU Library Affairs and a friend and former colleague of Jeanne Hurley Simon. Snyder is a Distinguished Founder who made the first awards possible and is helping raise funds to endow this scholarship.

Preference will be given to female students who have participated in Paul Simon Public Policy Institute programs, events, initiatives, volunteer opportunities, registered student organization, and express an intention to enter public service.


The Jeanne Hurley Simon Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an institute-affiliated student who meets the following criteria:

  • Received an Illinois high school diploma;
  • Currently enrolled at SIU Carbondale and in good standing; and
  • Actively involved in Institute events.


The scholarship award of $5,000 will be credited to the student’s SIU Bursar account for use toward tuition and student fees.

The deadline is February 1st.

Application Process

To apply, you must complete the application via the Saluki Scholarships Portal.

Be sure to answer the supplemental questions in order to complete your application.

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Jeanne Simon SIU

About Jeanne Hurley Simon

Jeanne Hurley Simon served as the chairwoman of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science from 1993 to 2000 and was an adjunct professor of library affairs at SIU Carbondale until her death in 2000. She graduated from Northwestern University Law School and became one of the first two female assistant state’s attorneys (prosecutors) in Cook County in 1952 before she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1956. It was there she met Paul Simon, and they married in 1960. Jeanne was Paul Simon's wife and mother of their two children (Shelia Simon and Martin Simon). SIU awarded Jeanne with an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2000.