Richard W. Reeder Scholarship

Application Criteria

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Richard Reeder Endowed Scholarship.

Please note that applicants must meet ALL of the criteria listed below for their application to be considered.

  1. Applicants must be enrolled as either a full or part-time student in good standing at Stony Brook University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Applicants must be enrolled for Spring Semester 2016.
  3. Applicants are required to submit a 250-500 word essay outlining how they exemplify performance, promise, excellence, citizenship and integrity.
  4. Applicants must have at least one Stony Brook University Faculty / Instructor Sponsor who will submit a recommendation letter nominating the applicant.


Application Deadline is December 1, 2015

The Application Process

Step 1

Student completes application and essay stating why they feel they meet the requirements of the Scholarship

Step 2

Student secures up to three instructors who will sponsor their application and provides their @stonybrook.edu e-mail addresses along with application.

Step 3

Once student submits application, instructors will receive e-mail with instructions on how they can submit their recommendation letter.

Step 4

The Scholarship committee will review all applications and make their final selections over winter break.

Honoring the Richard W. Reeder Legacy

President Stanley's Campus Announcement about the scholarship - March 11, 2011

Rich Reeder was a highly respected and valued member of this community for more than forty years. We have all benefited, and will continue to benefit from his knowledge, his expertise, his hard work, and his commitment. He came to Stony Brook as an undergraduate student in 1969, earning dual degrees in Psychology and Engineering. After graduation, he found employment in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Lab at Stony Brook eventually taking on a leadership position there.

Over the years he led and developed the technical support center for the Psychology Department specializing in experimental technology and some office systems. In 1994 he moved to the Division of Information Technology, taking on responsibility for telecommunications, networking, desktop support, computer operations, instructional system, systems support, email, and for a wide selection of systems. It was here that Rich truly flourished. He took the lead in creating and championing a new vision for administrative systems at Stony Brook, first by pressing the use of relational database technologies and client server based systems, and then by determining that the needs of the campus would best be served by moving the campus to a highly integrated Student, Human Resource, and Finance system. He ran the vendor selection process involving numerous people from the university which selected the newly developed PeopleSoft Campus Solutions product. He then guided and championed the successful implementation effort - the largest systems implementation project the university had ever taken on.

Rich was one of the founders of the New York State Education and Research Network (NYSERNet) and served on the board of that organization for many years. NYSERNet was created to foster science and education in New York, with the mission to advance network technology and related applications to satisfy needs common to the institutions comprising New York State's research and education community. Stony Brook saved millions of dollars over the years through Rich's association with this organization. He served on the board of the SUNY Computer Officers Association and is held in high regard by his associates in that organization and by his colleagues at SUNY.