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TLI Announces 2017 Recipients of the Schulman and van Wyk Merit-Based Fellowships | Technological Leadership Institute

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August 30, 2017
Photo of the two MOT 2017 merit scholarship recipients

The awards selection committee at the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of TLI's merit fellowships. These two fellowships, which were created in honor of the distinguished former TLI colleagues Professor Yechiel (Jack) Shulman and Dr. Rias van Wyk, are awarded to second-year M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) students:

  • The Yechiel (Jack) Shulman Leadership Award: This is a merit-based fellowship to support MOT students with the highest potential for fast-tracked technological leadership. This fellowship is award to a highly qualified student entering the second year of the MOT program with demonstrated high potential for fast-tracked technological leadership. Each summer, TLI faculty and staff identify the students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.8 (out of 4.0) in their first year in the MOT program. Those individuals are invited to submit a 1-2 page essay on their leadership goals and how the MOT degree will help them reach those goals. They are also asked to submit a 1-2 page resume summarizing their career, education and any honors received. The Director of TLI, the Director of Graduates Studies for the MOT program and the Associate Director of TLI consult with Professor Shulman to select the individual(s) to receive the award.

Congratulations to Mr. Adam Kelly, recipient of this year's Yechiel (Jack) Shulman Leadership Award!

  • The Rias van Wyk Foresight Award: This is a merit-based fellowship to support MOT students focusing on technology foresight and forecasting. This fellowship is awarded to a highly qualified student entering the second year of the MOT program who has demonstrated high potential for excellence in effectively applying and leveraging technology foresight tools and techniques. The minimum eligibility requirements are: 1) earning an "A" in the MOT 8214 (Technological Foresight and Forecasting); and 2) successfully completing all first-year MOT classes with an overall minimum GPA of 3.8 out of 4.0. The procedure is the same as the above award: The Director of TLI, the Director of Graduates Studies for the MOT program and the Associate Director of TLI consult with Professor van Wyk to select the individual to receive the award.

Congratulations to Mr. Jim Drost, recipient of this year's Rias van Wyk Foresight Award!

A field of outstanding candidates, all eminently qualified for both awards, applied this year. TLI selection committee independently reviewed all fellowship applications, voted unanimously through a very highly-selective process and the fellowships were offered.

Thanks to the generosity of many of you, the Yechiel (Jack) Shulman Fund became a fellowship-generating endowment in 2009. We welcome additional donations to these fellowships. In particular, our newest award, which honors the immense impacts of Dr. Lockwood Carlson, needs the most support to become an endowment. Click here to read more about each of these awards. To make a donation or pledge, please visit http://www.giving.umn.edu/giveto/tli (UMF Fund 20608). If you have any questions about how to contribute, please contact TLI's Finance Manager Aaron Black at ablack@umn.edu.

With your support, together we seek to recognize excellence in our students and extend their many positive impacts in Minnesota and beyond.

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