US Air Force and Army veteran Robert Gilbert created a scholarship to honor two men: his uncle, Harrison Baird, a
World War II veteran, and Albert Myer, MD, an 1851 graduate of the UB medical school who founded the US Army Signal Corps. The scholarship in their name is awarded to UB student veterans enrolled in a major or minor within the College of Arts and Sciences. Although not a UB graduate, Gilbert wanted to thank all UB veterans, past, present and future with this gift. In his own words “My military service sensitized me to the sacrifices veterans make. Saying thank you, while appropriate, sometimes doesn’t seem enough, so I wanted them to have a scholarship.” This photo features Robert Gilbert, left, with 2014 scholarship recipient Julian Chinana, a US Marine Corps veteran and UB student. Chinana, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, native served in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2002 to 2006 was the scholarship’s fifth recipient.