A memorial Scholarship
In 2001, the Aukerman family, in partnership with the Salt Ponds Coalition, started what is now named the Salt Pond Coalition, Abby Aukerman & Steven Carr Scholarship Fund. This scholarship, established in memory of Abby Aukerman ’98 BA Biology (1975-2000), provides scholarships to two students planning careers in environmental management.
The fund specifically honors Abby’s life-long love of the South County salt ponds by giving preference to greater South County residents planning a career in Environmental Management. Having graduated from URI in 1998 with a bachelor’s in biology, Abby treasured both her peers and her time at the university.
“The idea initially,” said Abby’s Uncle, James Aukerman, “was to setup this scholarship for people who, in lieu of flowers, wanted to give a gift that would benefit students in perpetuity.”
“It’s really gratifying to be able to give back,” said James Aukerman. “Ideally the scholarship will continue to grow and help more students.”