The Margaret S. Quayle Scholarship Fund was established in 1975 through a bequest in Dr. Quayle’s last will and testament. Quayle was a faculty member in the psychology department from 1948 to 1958.
Quayle was born in Hope Arkansas. She received her AB in 1917 from Colorado State College. Subsequently, she taught elementary and high school in Arkansas for 6 years. At the conclusion of WWI, she went to Europe for 7 years to work with the YMCA and European Student Relief. She returned to the US to earn her MS (1928) and PhD (1935) in psychology from Columbia University. She then joined the faculty at State Teacher’s College in Buffalo, NY, where she stayed for 13 years. In 1948, she joined the psychology faculty at UA. There, she established and was director of the Student Psychological Services Clinic. In 1958, Dr. Quayle retired.
During her career, Dr. Quayle was vice president of the New York Psychological Association and president of the Alabama Psychological Association. She was a member of several other professional organizations and honorary societies. She authored two books – As Told by Business Girls (1932) and Some Aspects of Satisfaction in the Vocation of Stenography (1935).
Quayle died in 1973. Her generous gift to UA has benefitted psychology graduate students for over 40 years and will continue to do so into perpetuity. Each year, a clinical psychology graduate student (preferably a woman) is awarded the Quayle Scholarship based on need, character, ability, and promise.