Here’s what Delta College student recipients of the Fall 2016 Dr. Bob scholarships had to say:
“I am very appreciative of this gift to help me further my education.”
“I look forward to using this scholarship towards my fourth and final semester of clinical nursing at Delta College.”
“Words cannot properly describe how truly thankful and appreciative I am of your generous scholarship gift that will allow me to continue on my path to become a registered nurse.”
Many thanks to the staff at the Delta College Foundation, especially Pam Clark and Mary Harding, for their stewardship of the Dr. Bob Endowment Fund.
The Delta College Robert R. Zimmermann “Dr. Bob” Scholarship Endowment fund’s value reached nearly $85,000 on June 30, 2016. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the endowment will give $2000 to students who meet the scholarship’s criteria: 25 years or older, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
Why a Dr. Bob scholarship at Delta College? Although he taught at several different universities, including Cornell University, University of Montana, and Central Michigan University, Bob considered Delta College his professional home Bob started at Delta College in 1981 as director of a developmental disability program. Then in 1989 he accepted a full-time teaching position in psychology. He often said his years teaching at Delta College were the finest of his professional career. He retired from the College in 1995. The scholarship was created to give students a second chance, like the second chance Delta College gave Bob.
Robert R. Zimmermann, or “Dr. Bob” as his students called him, died seven years ago today. Shortly before his death, he wondered what the world would do without him. The world has muddled on, but has not forgotten him. Dr. Bob lives on in a scholarship fund at Delta College. Three students earned Dr. Bob scholarships in 2015-16. In addition, an endowed teaching fund has been established in his name, also at Delta College. That fund should reach full endowment status in three years.