Dr. Sidney W. Graber devoted his career to helping students with learning disabilities and emotional impairments. Prior to coming to Oakland University, he served 23 years as the first director of Children’s Orthogenic Center, a school for emotionally and mentally handicapped children. In 1970, Dr. Graber founded the area of Special Education at Oakland University and became the first Area Chair, a position he held until 1986. In addition to his passion for children, he loved cooking, gardening, the arts — theatre, symphony and oil painting — and the Detroit Lions.
Dr. Graber’s legacy of passionate concern for students with special needs is perpetuated through this award established by his family in 1996 after his passing. The Dr. Sidney W. Graber Memorial Award was permanently endowed in 2004 so that the scholarship may be given in perpetuity to students pursuing a career in special education.
This non-renewable award is approximately $1,000 and may vary from year to year. The scholarship may be used for tuition.
Eligibility criteria for the Dr. Sidney Graber Memorial Award are
- graduate students in the Human Development and Child Studies department pursuing a degree in Special Education
- a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- preference given to those students who have completed at least 12 hours of his or her graduate coursework
- financial need is not required, but may be considered
In the front row, Graber recipients Judith Runco, Sara Zimmerman, and
In the back row, family of Dr. Sidney Graber
Henry Pickney, Shelly Pickney, and Jeffrey Graber
If you would like to help the Petherick Scholarship grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at email@example.com or (248) 370-4233.