Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose service, dedication and commitment to alma mater are extraordinary.
Dick has dedicated his life to Bucknell, starting as a student to working here for more than 36 years in admissions, retiring as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Planning in 2000. During his tenure here, he has influenced and inspired an uncountable number of people, from students to faculty to staff.
In his role as Director of Admissions, he was highly visible; there are very few Bucknell alumni who do not know him. Over the course of his career, he represented the values and ideals of Bucknell. In 1980, he received the Geiger Award for demonstrating consistent excellence in both his exceptional contributions to Bucknell and his professionalism in working with others in their day-to-day work.
The Dick Skelton Scholarship was established in 2000 by friends and trustees of Bucknell to honor his more than 36 years as an admissions officer at Bucknell. Preference for the scholarship award is given to students from Wayne, Pike or Monroe counties in Pennsylvania, who demonstrate financial need.
As an alumnus, Dick participated in his 35th Reunion program, volunteered as a class committee member and a Reunion gift committee member, and has offered his services as a CDC volunteer. He often designates his own gifts to either his scholarship, those of his friends, the Bison Club or the Bucknell Fund.
Dick received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1960 and an M.S. in Business Administration in 1970. He is married to Cynthia Helgren Skelton '68; their children are Melissa '92 and Julie.