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The Barbara A. "Katie" Welch Scholarship

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance. How can we know the dancer from the dance?
W.B. Yeats

This scholarship honors the memory of beloved Professor Katie Welch who began her career in 1968 in the English Department at Westfield State. She taught with wit and erudition sharing her passion for music, dance, theater and the visual arts and the diverse cultures of the world that she traveled joyfully. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Katie had a fierce sense of justice and fairness, and she insisted that the college pursue these virtues.

Teaching gave Katie great joy because it enabled her to impart these passions to her students. Thus she enriched the lives of many at Westfield State, not only her students, but her colleagues as well.


“Every little bit helps, but this contribution to my education is immensely appreciated. I am truly grateful and blessed to have been awarded the Barbara A. “Katie” Welch Scholarship."
-Jaime Boucher ’18, English