UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

William F. Field Alumni Scholarship

The William F. Field Alumni Scholarship was established in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student. The scholarship is awarded to juniors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a GPA of 3.5 or greater. All eligible students are automatically considered for this award. No application is necessary.


William F. Field was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during WWII.

After earning degrees at West Chester State College, Temple University and the University of Maryland, Field began his career at UMass as assistant professor of psychology and director of guidance in 1951. He became the dean of students in 1961.

During his time as dean of students at UMass, Field was credited with developing the structures for the admissions and financial aid offices, the health services program, and expanding the housing office to have more counseling and resource programs for students.

He was awarded the chancellor's medal of distinguished service and an honorary alumnus distinction from the UMass Alumni Association in 1983. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University in 1989.

Field served as Town Moderator for the town of Amherst for 20 years.

He retired from UMass in 1988 and died May 22, 2011.

Biographical information is taken from “William Field, former dean at UMass, town moderator dies.” Daily Hampshire Gazette, May 27, 2011.

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