Patricia (Pat) Franckhauser Unroe Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Patricia (Pat) Franckhauser Unroe Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. John “Jack” Unroe, a 1965 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central. Mr. Unroe, Patricia’s son, established the scholarship to honor and celebrate his mother’s Courage, Character, Heart and Spirit. Founded during 2017-2018 school year in memory of his mother, this is a four-year renewal scholarship which provides full tuition and fees for the recipient.

Patricia Franckhauser was born in Steubenville on December 30, 1924. She was the oldest of five children whose parents, Joseph and Alameda Franckhauser, had immigrated to the Ohio Valley from France and Ireland. It was who Pat taught her parents English.

A 1942 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central, Pat went on to study nursing at the Mount Caramel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio. She returned to valley in 1945 and worked at Gill Memorial Hospital. She met and married James Robert “Bob” Unroe, a Steubenville native. They were married at St. Peters Catholic Church in downtown Steubenville and had one child – Jack.

The family moved to North Carolina for a time, but later returned to the Ohio Valley where Pat continued her work as a nurse. She is credited with assisting in opening the first cardiac care unit at St. John’s Hospital (now Trinity West). Pat served as the head nurse of that cardiac care unit for many years before retiring in the late 1970’s.

Jack shared; “As a child who lovingly tutored her parents, as a devoted wife and mother and a committed nurse, my mother demonstrated deep concern for others. She dedicated her life to supporting and nurturing those around her. She gave her time without any need or desire to be recognized or rewarded. Her deep belief in God and the Catholic Church allowed her to be resilient and always find the positives in people and in life.” Therefore, he established this scholarship for an individual who represents his mother’s qualities and epitomizes hard work, a deep concern for others, and a willingness to give without any expectation of reward or recognition.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be a registered incoming freshman who demonstrates financial need, is a member of St. Peter’s Parish, maintains a 2.0 GPA, exhibits Christian character and follows the Catholic Central student code of conduct.

To apply for the scholarship, applicant must complete the application form and financial aid form, show proof of parish membership, show proof of GPA, and provide an essay explaining how they exemplify the character and qualities of Patricia Franckhauser Unroe.