Sociology majors may apply for John C. Gessner Memorial Scholarship St. Thomas Newsroom February 21, 2003 Each year the Sociology Department awards the John C. Gessner Memorial Scholarship to sociology majors. Dr. John (Jack) Gessner was a popular member of the UST Sociology Department from 1985 to 1991. He died in 1991 while serving as department chair. His family established this scholarship in his memory.The scholarship will be awarded Tuesday, March 18. Applications are available in a manila envelope outside Room 417, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center. Completed applications are due to Perry Chang in Room 417, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center by Wednesday, Feb. 26.