Robert E. Valenti Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Outstanding doctoral students studying higher education receive awards through this fund.

Robert Valenti received his bachelor’s degree from UB (with honors), and was attending UB in pursuit of his doctorate in educational leadership and policy when he died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. He was 27 years old.

Established in 2006 by his mother, Marsha L. Valenti, BS '96, the Robert E. Valenti Memorial Scholarship Fund provides an annual award to an outstanding doctoral student in the Higher Education program in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy aims to develop the knowledge and expertise of its students to prepare them to take leadership positions as scholars, administrators and policy analysts who positively impact education and educational organizations in Western New York, nationally and internationally. It also aims to develop an understanding of the how and why successful policymaking and leadership can improve educational practice and the quality of education in diverse school settings and in the rapidly changing world.

UB’s Graduate School of Education is committed to big ideas, to research that enhances education, and to the talented students and faculty who get us there. From producing innovative solutions to education’s most challenging problems to enhancing teacher training and preparation, we’re leading the charge for the future of education right here at UB. Now, your support is the next step as we look to lead the way to the future of education—and change our world.

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