School of Education and Human Services

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
248 370 3050

Dr. Sidney W. Graber's children
Dr. Sidney W. Graber's children, who established the Sidney Graber Memorial Award: Jeffrey Graber, Donna Mitchell, Ruth Shelley Pickney and Robert Graber

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To request a paper application, email or contact the Human Development and Child Studies department at (248) 370-3077.

Application Deadline
February 9, 2018.

Applicants are notified at the end of the term prior to term in which award is to be used.

For further information, contact:
  Department Chair, HDCS
  405B Pawley Hall
  Oakland University
  Rochester, MI 48309
  (248) 370-3077

Scholarship Recipients

2017  Andrea Polite
          Amanda Beltrame
          Danielle Carveth
          Brittany Mirsberger
2016  Maureen Heber
          Lisa Jenkins
2015  Jessica  Klaver
          Heather Petrus
2014  Tammy Daigneau
          Maureen Lynch
2013  Iman Jaradi
          Randy DeRyckere
          Erin Osgood
2012  Carolyn Bellingar
2011   Lindsey Nader
          Judith Runco
          Sara Zimmerman
2010  Brett Ceriotti, Jr
          Amy Granger
Barbara Lienemann
          Justin Luce
2009  Eric Rossler
2008  Marissa Brown
          Sara VanNostrand
2007  Susan Dropiewski
          Susan Fascio-Vereen
          Jan Graetz
          Laurie Hyde
          Julie Ricks-Doneen
          Erica Ruegg
2006  Timothy Finkel
          Laurie Hyde
          Heather Midkiff
2005  Christina Harding
          Susan Husken
          Brian Spitsbergen
2004  Amy Corda
2002  Terese Dillon
          Bonnie Bailey
          Thomas Tomich
2000  M. Davi Chandrasekaran


Sidney W. Graber Memorial Award

Dr. Sidney W. Graber devoted his career to helping students with learning disabilities and emotional impairments. Prior to coming to Oakland University, he served 32 years as the first director of Children’s Orthogenic Center, which merged with Phoenix Place in 1983 to form Development Centers. Development Centers continues to fulfill its mission to improve the lives of individuals, families and the community by meeting behavioral health, social and vocational needs through a continuum of prevention, treatment and training services. 

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 and established as an endowment in 2004 to benefit students pursuing a career in special education. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • pursuing a graduate degree in Special Education in the Department of Human Development and Child Studies
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • preference is given to student who have completed at least 12 hours of graduate coursework
  • financial need is not required but may be considered

Award Information:

The Sidney W. Graber Memorial Award is for approximately $1,000 and is given to one student each year. Recipients of this award will not be considered for this award in future years.

Graber Scholarship Award Winner

2017 scholarship recipient Amanda Beltrame with Dean Jon Margerum-Leys 


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If you would like to help the Graber Scholarship grow, you can give online or contact the School of Education and Human Services development office at or (248) 370-4233.