Monday, December 12, 2016

UNM-Gallup received donation for scholarships honoring former Professor

Gwen Wilson, executor of the estate of Dr. Ralph Casebolt, recently presented UNM-Gallup with a
check for $50,000 to be used for student scholarships.  Dr. Casebolt, born in 1933 in New Bremen, Ohio, taught at UNM-Gallup from 1974 until the day before his death on January 16, 2015.  Casebolt received his BA from Heidelberg College and his Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago.  He then went to South Vietnam and served several years as a volunteer with Church World Service.  Upon his return to the United States in 1969, he attended Northern Colorado University and received his doctoral degree in Education at which time he began working and teaching for the Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico.  Dr. Casebolt started his career at UNM-Gallup as an adjunct faculty member and became a fulltime faculty member in 1984.  Ralph, as he preferred to be called, was always humble, discreet and private about his academic achievements.  He had a passion for teaching, had many academic interests and had a strong affinity for scholarly research in mythology, philosophy and psychology.  When not in the classroom, he enjoyed hiking, canoeing and camping.

Wilson noted, “I feel very strongly that this is something Ralph would have wanted.  He was so committed to UNM-Gallup and the Native American student population.  He understood the challenges of the students including childcare, transportation, cost of books and other barriers to their education.”

The Ralph Casebolt Scholarship Fund will provide five awards per year in the amount of $1,000/semester.  Recipients will apply through the UNM-Gallup Financial Aid Office and meet academic criteria as determined by the donor.  See attached picture of Gwen Wilson presenting a check for $50,000 to Professor Ken Roberts, Dean of Instruction, and Jayme McMahon, Director of Student Affairs.