Robert J. Shepherd Economics Accounting Path Scholarship

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Robert Shepherd began teaching accounting at UC Santa Cruz in 1982.

The Robert J. Shepherd Economics Accounting Path Scholarship Award was established by Kristi Shepherd Patterson and Thomas A. Patterson to honor retired senior lecturer Robert Shepherd. This award recognizes one or two students of high academic standing in the advanced accounting series and overall academic merit achieved by economics majors. Robert’s family established this award to honor his pivotal role in shaping and leading the accounting path within the undergraduate economics programs at UC Santa Cruz.

For more information about this award, please contact the Economics Department manager by telephone (831) 459-4849 or visit the department's website.

About Robert Shepherd:

In 2015, Robert J. Shepherd, CPA, returned as Senior Lecturer in the Economics Department after having developed the accounting path, and directed the accounting program for the Economics Department at UC Santa Cruz. He was the recipient of the 2011 and 2001 Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2015 CalCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. Shepherd has taught undergraduate, intermediate and graduate level accounting courses to over 18,000 students and played a major role in the curriculum planning and course development of the Business Management Economics Program, which has become one of the largest majors at UC Santa Cruz. Sadly, Robert passed away in January 2021. A tribute can be found here.


Online donations may be made here:
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Checks may be made to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, with "For the Robert J. Shepherd Economics Accounting Path Scholarship" referenced in the memo and accompanying letter, and mailed to:


University of California, Santa Cruz
Gift Administration/University Relations
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz CA 95064

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