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Max A. and Emma S. Taylor Endowed Scholarship

The family, friends and former students of Max Taylor established this scholarship in 2014.  Scholarship recipients must have a GPA of at least 3.0, with preference given to those students who plan to attend graduate school. 

Max taught Chemistry at Bradley from 1969 until his passing in 2014. He grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Math.  During the summer of 1962, Max participated in an NSF-sponsored research program at the University of Oklahoma and worked at Marathon Oil (Littleton, CO) as a research scientist during the summer of 1963.  As a first year graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he taught freshman chemistry laboratories and was recognized with the DuPont Teaching Award.  Also as a graduate student, he taught high school chemistry in Brookline, MA.  Max was then hired by Illinois State University as an Assistant Professor, and a year later he joined the faculty at Bradley.  During his career Max received numerous awards, including Bradley’s highest accolade for excellence in teaching, the Charles A. Putnam Medal.  He also received the Student Senate’s Advisor of the Year Award and a Certificate of Merit for Service to Students from the Parents’ Association. 

Max’s wife Emma was born in Belle Rive, IL and graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Chemistry.  She and Max were married in 1963, whereupon they headed east to MIT.  While Max was in graduate school, Emma spent two years as a Research Technician at MIT and three years at Massachusetts General Hospital in the same capacity.  In 1970 Ken Kolb, Chair of the Bradley Chemistry Department, suggested that Emma apply for a teaching position at Academy of Our Lady and Spalding Institute.  She was hired and taught high school chemistry until her retirement from Peoria Notre Dame High School in 2013.