Robert Milton Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Bob Milton, who passed away suddenly in 2008. The Bob Milton Scholarship will allow Bob’s spirit to live on in perpetuity as generations of worthy Empire State College students are provided financial assistance to help fund their education. It was established by Bob’s brother Donald Milton, along with his friends and colleagues.
Robert P. Milton was an integral part of Empire state College for 24 years, the last three as vice president for enrollment management. As a vice president, Milton oversaw all enrollment management functions for the college, developing and implementing plans that strengthened recruitment, admissions, retention and graduation rates. He also served as a resource and coordinator for all college employees directly involved in recruitment, admissions and retention. He joined the college as an associate professor of community and human services in 1984, and served as dean of the college’s Genesee Valley Center in Rochester from 1993 until 2004.
From 1980 to 1984, he was a professor of social work and, for two years, director of the Social Work Program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. In addition, Milton held academic positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University. Milton began his career in social work in the early 1970s holding positions from supervisor of child care workers for Monroe County Children’s Center in Rochester, to coordinator of youth projects for the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau, among others.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College, an M.S.W. from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in social policy analysis and research from the University of Pittsburgh.