New scholarships honor impact of Economics Prof. William Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney has a distinct memory about a visit to the San Diego Zoo years ago with his parents, Bill and Donna Sweeney – but it’s not about any of the featured attractions. Instead, he recalls a former student approaching his father, an esteemed professor of economics at Bryant, and gratefully describing the incredible impact Dr. Sweeney had on his life.
William B. Sweeney, Ph.D., retired from Bryant in 2007, after 42 years of teaching, mentoring, and inspiring hundreds of students. A graduate of Providence College, the University of Connecticut, Clark University, and the University of Sarasota, he served as a member of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and the Rhode Island State House Foundation, among numerous other civic commitments. He died in 2010.
The first Dr. William B. Sweeney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded in the fall of 2017 to an economics major.
In support of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, Donna Sweeney has made a $55,000 gift to create two scholarships. Increasing access to a Bryant education through student scholarships is one of the pillars of the campaign and Mrs. Sweeney is proud to aid students and honor her husband’s lifelong commitment to teaching and learning.
The first Dr. William B. Sweeney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded in the fall of 2017 to an economics major in good academic standing and proven financial need, with special consideration for a resident of Bristol, RI, where the Sweeneys resided, or another East Bay community. Additional consideration will be given to a student concentrating in Economic Forecasting or Health Care Economics, areas in which Dr. Sweeney had particular expertise.
The gift to the Bryant Partners in Scholarship Fund will make a scholarship available in the fall of 2016.
Patrick never forgot that encounter, which was remarkable to him because it occurred so far from home. He believes there are many Bryant alumni who could express similar gratitude for his father’s influence and for that of other faculty members. It is the sincere hope of the Sweeney family that other donors will come forward with scholarship contributions to the campaign that will enable other deserving students to attain a Bryant education.