Derner Advisory Council in 2014

In 2012, longtime professor and former associate dean Patrick L. Ross retired from Adelphi’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Psychological Studies. To show their gratitude, members of the Derner community decided to endow a scholarship fund in his name.

Pat Ross has been a teacher, scholar, and mentor of the highest quality and has been extraordinarily generous with his time and energy. We are now able to return a small portion of what he has given in the form of an endowed scholarship fund in his name.

William Nye, Ph.D. ’81 and Grace Pilcer, Ph.D. ’84

Patrick L. Ross

Patrick L. Ross Fellowship Fund

Professor Ross was recruited to Adelphi by Gordon F. Derner, the founding dean of the Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. Over the course of his 45 years at the Derner Institute, Professor Ross worked closely with Derner’s deans, including George Stricker and Robert Mendelsohn, and made invaluable contributions as a teacher, mentor, and member of the University community. His wisdom, good humor, and unfailing kindness did so much to enrich the experience of all those fortunate enough to work with him. His legacy continues to live on in the nearly 1,000 Derner alumni whom he taught and mentored.

To show their gratitude to Professor Ross, members of the Derner community decided to endow a scholarship fund in his name, which would help Derner recruit and train the best students who would become psychologists in the tradition of Professor Ross. In 2012, spearheaded by the Derner Advisory Council, comprised of Ph.D. alumni, faculty members and Institute leaders, fundraising for the Patrick L. Ross Fellowship Fund began.

The Patrick L. Ross Fellowship Fund will provide financial assistance to a doctoral student, beginning in the first-year of study, who evidences academic promise and financial need. The first scholarship was awarded in 2013-14.

This article has been updated since the publish date with this 2022 video on the Patrick L. Ross Fellowship Fund.

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