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New Scholarship Pays Homage to Persistence and Research

May 10, 2018

A generous gift from the grandmother of a UC Merced alumna and current staff member is benefitting two undergraduate students who put the UC Merced Library to good use.

Melissa Becerra, a third-year psychology student, and Nathan Parmeter, who graduates this week, are the first recipients of the Carter Joseph Abrescy and Larry Kranich Library Award for Student Research Excellence.

The $26,250 endowment comes from Arlene Kranich of Sonora, grandmother of Development and Alumni Relations Director Kelli Abrescy as a memorial to Abrescy’s grandfather Larry Kranich, who died in 2003, and in honor of Abrescy’s new son, Carter.

“My grandfather did not have a formal education and barely graduated high school. He believed in perseverance and overcame many obstacles,” Abrescy said. “He always spoke about honesty, getting things done for yourself and paving your own way in the world because everyone has potential. My grandmother wanted to establish this award to memorialize his story, to honor his legacy of excellence, and to honor the many generations my grandfather helped create, all carrying on that same integrity.”