The Barbara R. Snyder Scholarship Fund

President Barbara R. Snyder has presided over a period of unprecedented growth for Case Western Reserve University. She arrived at a university facing significant challenges, including substantial debt, dispirited alumni, and deep concerns about its future.

Now, after more than a dozen years of extraordinary leadership, Case Western Reserve can point to exceptional momentum and accomplishments across multiple areas—from new university buildings such as the Tinkham Veale University Center, the Maltz Performing Arts Center and Sears think[box], to significant improvements in the quality and diversity of our students, to renewed focus on ensuring our students graduate to pursue fulfilling careers and other aspirations.

In recognition of the profound impact of President Snyder’s dedicated and inspiring leadership, the Barbara R. Snyder Scholarship Fund has been established to provide partial scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

A Personal Commitment

Throughout her tenure, President Snyder has worked to help ensure that all qualified students have the opportunity to pursue a Case Western Reserve education and advocated for the recruitment of underrepresented students—including those of limited economic means.

She also championed for a prominent scholarship campaign to benefit all students. In 2014, she personally committed $1 million to that campaign, and over the past four years, the proportion of lower-income first-year undergraduate enrolled at Case Western Reserve has climbed by 40 percent, to 226 students in the Class of 2023.

In recognition of her distinguished tenure, please consider a contribution to a student scholarship fund in her honor. 

Share Your Memories

President Snyder has left an indelible mark on our campus and the lives of those she touched. Please take a moment to share a memory, story and/or photo that captures the impact she made on you. Your submissions will be shared with her as she departs this fall to lead the Association of American Universities.

"Your time here has been the most uplifting experience of the entire 58 years I have been at Case Western Reserve. Your thoughtful but vigorous approach to leadership has resulted in a campus full of enthusiasm and optimism, even in the face of the current dreadful adversities. Sarah and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done."

- Phil Taylor, Distinguished University Professor

"I have always been inspired by how your leadership resulted in a great restoration of the university during such challenging economic times. I have enjoyed hearing you speak and seeing you at events such as the Hudson Relays and Homecoming. I always liked how you always took time to talk with people and even sometimes take pictures. I was glad to be able to volunteer, mentor and participate at alumni events during your time as president."

- Maureen Garnett (MGT '07)

Pictured above with President Snyder at an alumni event

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