A Ronald Reagan biographer who has spoken at Eureka College several times has established a scholarship in the name of his mother and the former First Lady of the United States. Historian Craig Shirley, author of four best-selling books on Reagan, established the Barbara Shirley Eckert and Nancy Davis Reagan Scholarship. It will be awarded to a student studying and planning to pursue a career in either economics or communication — fields that Ronald Reagan studied at EC and for which he became known in his political career. One scholarship will be awarded annually. No amount has been set as of yet.
Reagan, a 1932 graduate of EC, was the 40th President. The college will hold a ceremony Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Ronald W. Reagan Peace Garden to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his death.
Shirley is a trustee of EC and was on campus as the first visiting Reagan Scholar in 2012, teaching a "Reagan 101" course. He has made several other speaking appearances. Shirley wrote “Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All” (2005), “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America” (2009), “Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan” (2015) and “Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980” (2017).