Historian, Ronald Reagan biographer and Eureka College Trustee Craig Shirley has established a Eureka College scholarship in the name of his mother, Barbara Shirley Eckert, and former First Lady of the United States Nancy Davis Reagan.

The Barbara Shirley Eckert and Nancy Davis Reagan Scholarship will be given to a student studying and planning to launch careers in either economics or communication — the fields Ronald Reagan both studied at Eureka and became known for in his political career. Long before he was the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan was a vital member of the Eureka College community and a graduate of the 1932 class. 

Shirley is the author of six books, including four bestsellers on Reagan, “Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign that Started It All”, “Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America”, “Last Act: The Finals Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan” and “Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980”.

A widely sought-after speaker and commentator, Shirley has appeared on many network and cable shows and written extensively for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Weekly StandardPoliticoand many other publications. He is also the founder of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, a member of the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch and has lectured at Reagan Library, the FDR Library in Hyde Park, and the Dole Institute in Kansas.

Founded in 1855 by abolitionists from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College is the smallest presidential alma mater in American history. For 164 years, it has cultivated excellence in learning, service and leadership while providing students uniquely personalized and customizable educational opportunities.