Upton, NY -- Donald Metz and Dorothy Metz, both former employees of Brookhaven National Laboratory, have donated $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund for students with disabilities. Eligible students must be children of Laboratory employees or retirees. The couple donated the funds to Associated Universities, Inc., the nonprofit research management firm that operates Brookhaven Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy.
A single scholarship will be awarded each year in the amount of $5,000, but students may apply for and receive the award for more than one year. To be eligible, students must be accepted at a graduate or professional school for the study of science or engineering.
Named the Gorman-Metz scholarship in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Metz's parents, the award is expected to be given for the first time in March 1997. The awardees will be chosen by the National Center for Disability Services, and the scholarship will be administered by Brookhaven's Diversity Office.
Dr. Metz began his career at Brookhaven in 1954 as a chemist, and he headed the Laboratory's Office of Educational Programs when it was formed in 1985. He retired in 1993.
Mrs. Metz started working as a clerk in the Laboratory's Personnel Division in 1955 and rose to assistant manager in Brookhaven's Staff Services Division. She left the Laboratory in 1990.
During the course of their careers, the Metzes were particularly impressed by the students with disabilities they met. Dr. Metz commented, "They have so many difficulties to overcome that they typically can't take a full class load. And, if students have less than full-time schedules, then they're not eligible for standard scholarships. We've seen how hard these students work and how much they have to contribute, so we wanted to help."
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