College Alumni Chapter Supports Sam Lieberman Memorial Scholarship

Oct. 21, 2020


The College of Liberal Arts Alumni Chapter is starting a new tradition by raising funds for the Sam Lieberman Memorial Scholarship this fall. With an initial push this year, the chapter plans to prioritize fundraising for the endowed scholarship each fall. 

UNLV and community partners established the scholarship recently to honor the legacy of the beloved Nevada regent and his unwavering commitment to the college, UNLV and higher education in Nevada. The scholarship will benefit College of Liberal Arts students into perpetuity.

"We felt it was important to honor Regent Lieberman's contributions to alumni engagement efforts in the College of Liberal Arts. We also want to provide current COLA students with opportunities to stay in school and earn their degree,” said Alex Culley (’15 BA Psychology), president of the alumni chapter.

“Being a contributor to this worthy cause ensures the scholarship is available for years to come, and many students will directly benefit — something we think would make Sam proud."  

Regent Lisa Levine, the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees, the Lieberman family, and other friends and colleagues established the scholarship. UNLV Foundation trustees provided a $30,000 seed gift, and the college’s Alumni Chapter and individual donors have contributed to the fund as well. Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Levine to fill the remainder of Lieberman’s term on the NSHE Board of Regents following his unexpected death in April.

“Sam was a mentor to so many, including young people who were interested in politics,” said Levine (’14 BA Political Science, ’17 MPA), who is director of government relations for International Gaming Technology.

“Losing him is truly a loss for our state. I’m just so glad we’re finding ways to keep his legacy going,” added Levine, whom Lieberman mentored for many years.

The scholarship is a fitting tribute, said COLA Dean Jennifer Keene. “We are so grateful for Sam’s unmatched service and dedication to the college over the years. This scholarship is a way of remembering how he selflessly shared his gifts with us as an advocate for UNLV and, especially, liberal arts education.”

Lieberman was actively involved with UNLV his entire adult life, volunteering at many university events and donating consistently to university programs. He earned a degree in social work in 1996, which was then part of the College of Liberal Arts, and took a leading role in several student organizations. A lifetime member of the UNLV Alumni Association, he served on its board, and played an integral role in starting the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Chapter. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was named the college’s Alumnus of the Year in 2009. He also served on the Dean’s Leadership Board. He won election to the Board of Regents in 2014.

Lieberman has been honored with several posthumous awards, including the 2020 Distinguished Nevadan award, given annually by NSHE to individuals who have contributed to the cultural, scientific, or social advancement of Nevada, and an honorary doctorate from UNLV in June. NSHE regents also adopted a resolution to rename the Regents’ Scholar Award to the Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Student Scholarship.
For more information and to give, visit the Sam Lieberman Memorial Scholarship page.