Dr. Joan Reidy Merlo Sociology Scholarship

As you may know, Dr. Joan Reidy Merlo, Chair and beloved Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Molloy College, passed away suddenly in January, 2018.

To honor her life and legacy, the Joan Merlo Scholarship has been created to provide financial assistance to a sociology student. Please join us in supporting and expanding her legacy with a tax-deductible donation. You can make a donation to the Joan Reidy Merlo Scholarship here, or you can write a check payable to Molloy College and send it to Molloy College Office of Alumni Relations at the following address: 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, New York, 11571.

As a member of Molloy's faculty and administration for 45 years, Dr. Reidy Merlo was truly dedicated to the mission and values of the College and fostering an environment rich with opportunities to pursue knowledge and research. With this steadfast passion, she initiated the establishment of the Community Research Institute at Molloy College in 1987, where she served as co-director along with Dr. Meritta Cullinan and Dr. Kathleen Maurer Smith.  

Dr. Reidy Merlo touched the lives of many. Former students may recall being in Joan's Anthropology courses, where they were taught how to trace matrilineal and patrilineal descents for generations, or  Joan's many lectures about her favorite hominin, "Lucy". It was clear that Dr. Reidy Merlo believed in mentoring students in and out of the classroom, including traveling with her students to the Lakota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, advising undergraduates, and supporting ideas for their research.

As an alumna of Molloy College, and a newly hired faculty member of the Sociology & Anthropology Department, Dr. Jeanne Kimpel wanted to honor Dr. Reidy Merlo's legacy and commitment to Molloy College as a teacher, colleague, mentor, and friend, all roles from which she benefited throughout the years. Therefore, it is bittersweet that in August of this year, on behalf of the Sociology & Anthropology Department she announced the campaign to raise funds for the Joan Reidy Merlo Scholarship. This scholarship was initiated with a generous donation on behalf of the Merlo family, and we ask that you please join the Merlo family with the esprit de corps known to you as members of the lifelong Molloy 'family' in making a donation of any amount to expand her legacy and provide critical support to our students.

Thank you for any future contribution to assist with helping a Sociology Undergraduate out with their academic goals!


The Faculty Members of the Sociology & Anthropology Department, the Merlo Family, and the Molloy College Community.