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March 29, 2016

Alumni seek assistance with funding scholarship in honor of former Northwest librarian, Bearcat supporter, avid runner

Dolores Albertini

Dolores Albertini

Northwest Alumni Magazine

An excerpt of this story appears in the spring 2016 edition of the Northwest Alumni Magazine. To view more content from the magazine and an e-edition of the magazine, visit

Former student-athletes at Northwest Missouri State University aim to endow a scholarship named in honor of a former University staff member who also is an avid runner and long-time Bearcat supporter.

The Dolores A. Albertini Scholarship honors Albertini who was a reference and periodicals librarian at Northwest. She also was an outstanding master’s distance runner and enjoyed a competitive running career on the local, regional and national scales. One of her greatest pleasures in distance running was training with the Bearcat women’s cross country team at its coach’s invitation.

Once endowed at $15,000, the Dolores A. Albertini Scholarship will provide a scholarship to be awarded annually to a female cross country student-athlete at Northwest. According to the Northwest Foundation, the fund is just a few thousand dollars from reaching the endowment goal, and Northwest alumni who initiated the scholarship are hopeful fellow Bearcats will assist with bringing the scholarship to fruition through personal donations to the fund.

”Dolores Albertini continues to be a tremendous advocate for Northwest students and student-athletes, and the creation of this scholarship, in her honor, is a beautiful testimony to the impact she has made on generations of Bearcats,” said Mike Johnson, vice president of university advancement and executive director of the Northwest Foundation. “With the support of Northwest alumni and friends, I’m certain this scholarship will surpass our necessary endowment level.”

Dolores’ husband, Dr. Virgil Albertini, enjoyed a 34-year career as a faculty member in the English department. The couple, who now live in Kansas City, co-authored “Towers in the Northwest,” which chronicles the University’s history between 1956 and 1980 and was published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the institution’s founding.

Through the years, the Albertinis developed an unwavering loyalty for Northwest and enjoyed connecting with students through interactions in classrooms, the library and by advising multiple student organizations.

“Apart from just the library and the classroom, we had these opportunities to be on a personal basis with many of the students and those are some of our most pleasant memories,” Dolores said.

The Albertinis also are the namesakes of the Virgil and Dolores Albertini Scholarship, which is awarded to a Northwest student who has attained junior standing or higher, declared a major in English or English education and has an interest in American literature or English education.

Dolores says she and her husband appreciated scholarship opportunities while they were attending college and realize the valuable assistance they provide. Dolores earned a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University.

“We think education is so significant for young people to make a good life for themselves, so if we can help at all, getting them on the road to success, we’ll try,” she said.

To support the Dolores A. Albertini Scholarship, submit a tax-deductible gift to the Northwest Foundation at 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468 or visit For more information, contact Northwest’s Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468