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Bersani, Carl A. Endowed Scholarship
The Carl A. Bersani Endowed Scholarship was established in 2015 by the family and friends of Carl A. Bersani, professor emeritus of sociology at The University of Akron. The scholarship was created as a lasting tribute to recognize Bersani’s contributions to the Sociology Department, The University of Akron, and UA students – and to honor his belief in the value of higher education. Bersani was a full-time professor and colleague at The University of Akron for 28 years (1965-1993) and worked part time from 1993 until 2000.
Bersani joined The University of Akron in 1965, after teaching at Winona State University (Winona, Minn.) and Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). He held the following degrees: a Ph.D. in sociology from Iowa State University, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Bersani’s accomplishments were many, including serving as a key member of the committee that established the Akron-Kent Joint Ph.D. program in Sociology, the M.A. program, and the undergraduate degree programs in law enforcement and corrections. He also served four years as head of the Department of Sociology (1976-1980); was the author of many research articles and scholarly presentations on various aspects of crime and deviance; and worked closely with law enforcement agencies, correctional agencies, courts, and intervention centers.
Bersani and his wife, Carol, have two grown daughters – Lisa Bersani and Michele Bersani Stasitis – and were married for 50 years prior to his passing on September 24, 2015.
Candidates for The Carl A. Bersani Endowed Scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology in UA’s Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Consideration will be given to candidates with a demonstrated need for assistance. One recipient will be selected annually by the Department of Sociology Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid.