CEMS Giving

Giving to Undergraduate Scholarships

CEMS Departmental Scholarships

Support undergraduates pursuing Chemical Engineering or Materials Science degrees by making a gift to an existing scholarship below or by establishing a new fund of your own. To learn more, please contact Courtney Billing.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Scholarship Fund

By establishing this fund, AIChE wishes to support the chemical engineering profession by supporting the education of future chemical engineers. The AIChE gift established an endowment fund that will provide scholarships to students with financial need in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

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Archie B. Japs Scholarship Fund

The Archie B. Japs Scholarship was created by Archie B. Japs before his death in 2003 through his estate. The scholarship is awarded annually, based on merit and financial need, to one third-year student majoring in Chemical Engineering. Archie graduted from the department with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1933.

Current Recipients:
  • Kevin Fox
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Athos J. Monti Scholarship Fund

Athos J. Monti graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in 1949 and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management in 1967. He spent his career at General Mills. With a longstanding commitment to the University of Minnesota, Athos's son Joe ('78) and brother Dario ('52) are also alumni of the department. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: full time students; undergraduate students in their senior year of study; enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering; studying Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; demonstrate a high level of financial need; from the geographical area known as the Iron Range (defined as the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis in the state of Minnesota; graduated from Hibbing High School located in Hibbing, MN. If there are no applicants from Hibbing High School, then students who graduated from high schools near Hibbing, MN or within the state of Minnesota will be considered.

Current Recipients:
  • Michael Siirila
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Barb & Dave Yarusso Scholarship

Barb & Dave are both originally from Minnesota. Barb attended Columbia Heights High School and Dave attended Hill-Murray. The two met at the University of Minnesota when Barb was working as a peer advisor and Dave was transferring from St. Thomas where he spent his first two years of college. They graduated from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS) in 1978, were married in 1979 and attended graduate school together at the University of Wisconsin Madison where they obtained PhD's in chemical engineering. Barbara began her career with General Mills and HB Fuller, then taught unit operations lab in CEMS and short courses at 3M, HB Fuller, and Ecolab, with a brief stint as an assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas in the Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department. Since 2002 Barbara has been teaching science at Hill-Murray School. David has spent his career at 3M where he is credited with creating a solventless process for making masking tape. They have three children and are active in their church and community including Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, music ministry, and politics. Their advice for future recipients of the Yarusso Scholarship is Strive to be well rounded, learn to appreciate world culture, languages and music. Remember life balance is very important with community and family being at the center. Scholarship Criteria: 1)The student should be a person who has overcome significant adversity in their life. "Significant Adversity" may be financial or any other type of hardship they are working to overcome. The student should submit an essay outlining the adversity they have/are experiencing which demonstrates their problem and how receiving a scholarship would help relieve their burden. 2) Academic merit should not be a factor when considering who should receive the Yarusso Scholarship, provided the candidate has qualified for admission to the program. 3) In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference will be given to students who are: 1) United States citizens, 2) permanent residents of the United States, or 3) in the United States lawfully on a non-temporary basis (such as refugees or asylees). 5) The Yarusso Scholarship should be awarded to a student in either chemical engineering or materials science for use in both their junior and senior years, hence it is renewable for one additional year provided the student is making satisfactory progress towards earning their degree.

Current Recipients:
  • Amelia Kirkhorn
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Bobbie Huston Cronquist Scholarship Fund

The Bobbie Huston Cronquist Scholarship was created by Bobbie Huston Cronquist and is awarded annually to one female student majoring in Chemical Engineering. The student must be meritorious in class work and involved in community service. (Bobbie BS '47 Chemical Engineering)

Current Recipients:
  • Holland Richner
  • Navya Prabhushankar
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CEMS Scholarship Fund

The CEMS Scholarship Fund is a general fund to support undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Alumni, donors, and friends are encouraged to make gifts to this fund at any time.

Current Recipients:
  • Michael Ho
  • Ming Gao
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Charles A. Mann Award Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Charles A. Mann Award Fund was established by William E. Lundquist (BS '34) and classmate Court Agre (BS '34) to award scholarships to outstanding seniors in the department in honor of the late Charles A. Mann. Since inception this fund has grown exponentially thanks to support of numerous alumni and friends of the department. Mann is remembered by many alumni of the 1930 and 1940's as a gentle, kind "father like" professor. Each year, based on the amount available from the endowment, the top 5-7 seniors in the department as determined by grade point average are selected as Mann Award recipients and given a $1,000 scholarship. Alumni are encouraged and invited to contribute to this general scholarship fund at any time.

Current Recipients:
  • Michelle Smeaton
  • Michael Gilleo
  • Jacob Larsen
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Christie John Geankoplis Scholarship Fund

Christie Geankoplis graduated form the University of Minnesota in 1943 with a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering. After graduation he obtained a M.S. in 1946 and Ph.D. in 1949 from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently had a career as a professor and researcher at Ohio State University. Professor Geankoplis has authored numerous books and publications as well as designed numerous experiments for the Unit Operations Laboratory at the University. After retiring from Ohio State University, Professor Geankoplis returned to his alma mater in 1983 to work as Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota specially to teach the Unit Operations Laboratory. Geankoplis's book "Transport Processes & Separation Process Principles (Includes Unit Operations) 4th edition, 2003" is one of the most widely used and respected textbooks in the field. In 2005, Geankoplis established the Christie John Geankoplis Scholarship Fund, an endowment fund that will provide scholarships to meritorious, full-time students with financial need in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. By establishing this fund, Christie Geankoplis wished to celebrate his dedication for the unit operations lab within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, his love for the numerous students who have worked on the many experiments he has designed over the years and his desire to support the very department in which he obtained his undergraduate degree.

Current Recipients:
  • Elizabeth Nessim
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Donald Leask Fuller Scholarship Fund

Lois Hamilton Fuller established this fund in 2001 as a memorial to her late husband, Dr. Donald Leask Fuller. Dr. Fuller, who received his bachelor's degree in 1929 and his PhD in 1933 had a distinguished career which included serving as Chief Science Liaison to the American Embassy in India.

Current Recipients:
  • Anirudh Raghavendran
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Donald M. & R. Patricia Sullivan Scholarship Fund

Donald M. Sullivan created the Donald M. & R. Patricia Sullivan Scholarship Fund to enable others to benefit from the broad education he experienced in the Chemical Engineering Department at a time when it was growing in breadth and depth under the leadership of Neal Amundson. Don obtained his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota's world renowned chemical engineering department in 1958 while simultaneously receiving a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from what is today the Carlson School of Business Management. Don credits his education with enabling him to experience a varied career; first with Union Carbide (organic chemicals), then Rosemount Incorporated (process control instrumentation) and finally as CEO and Chairman of MTS Systems Corporation (mechanical simulation/testing and material science).

Current Recipients:
  • Jennifer Prigge
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Dr. Kenneth J. and Kathryn T. Valentas Scholarship

Kenneth and Kathryn Valentas established this scholarship in 2014 to encourage graduates from Trinity School at River Ridge to pursue quality education through the College of Science and Engineering and particularly chemical engineering. Kenneth and Kathryn are both graduates of the "U" and have benefited considerably from their educational experiences. The University of Minnesota was, and continues to be, a significant factor in their lives.

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Edward & Cora Remus Scholarship

Ed Remus grew up in Virginia, on the Iron Range of Minnesota. After attending Virginia Junior College, he transferred to the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota with an Alworth Scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in chemical engineering in 1965. After graduation Ed joined Sinclair Research as a research chemical engineer, and later attended law school at DePaul University in Chicago. He then spent his career working in patent law, first with Universal Oil Products in DesPlaines, IL, and, since 1971, in private practice specializing in patent litigation. Ed has been recognized as one of the world's leading patent law experts. Ed met Cora when she was practicing as a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Ed and Cora believe in education and have supported the University of Minnesota for over 25 years. Their primary motivation for endowing this scholarship is to give students from the Iron Range the same opportunities that Ed received, enabling him to acquire his undergraduate education and to discover a world south of Duluth. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: Chemical Engineering majors in their junior or senior year; evident financial need; from the Iron Range of Minnesota or attended high school on the Iron Range. If there are no applicants from the Iron Range, then students from Minnesota with financial need will be considered.

Current Recipients:
  • William Merkl
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Frank and Janis Bates Scholarship

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to students at the University. Frank and Janis both believe in education and the rising cost of attendance has motivated them to create this scholarship. Other donors may make gifts to this fund at any time. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: full-time undergraduate students in their junior/senior year who are studying Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and are enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering. The award may be renewable provided the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Current Recipients:
  • Yi Zhang
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James Stanley Vacek Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. Terry Vacek graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. Terry decided to create this scholarship in honor of his Father James Stanley Vacek. The James Stanley Vacek Memorial Scholarship is for incoming students who show academic promise and are interested in persuing degrees in chemical engineering.

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Jeffrey and Patricia Schott Scholarship

Jeff graduated from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) in 1970 with his BsC degree, 1974 with a Master of Science degree, and 1978 with his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Jeff was advised on his PhD thesis by Professor Bill Ranz. Pat received a full tuition scholarship to attend the university and graduated from the College of Human Ecology in 1972 with a degree in Home Economics. Upon graduating from the University Jeff worked in industry for 25 years eventually returning to CEMS as a Professor. Pat worked at Multi Foods. Since Jeff and Pat worked their way through college their motivation for establishing this scholarship is to help someone in the same position and to provide opportunities for others seeking a degree in chemical engineering. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria: full-time, undergraduate students in their junior or senior year of study who are enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering who demonstrate financial need and attended high school in Minnesota. The award may be renewable provided that the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Current Recipients:
  • Megan Cichos
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Jerry & Leona Hillestad Scholarship

Jerry and Leona Hillestad established this scholarship to support chemical engineering students. Jerry was born in North Dakota, but spent most of his early years in the Twin Cities area where he graduated from Sibley High School. He spent his career with ExxonMobil, working mainly as a reservoir engineer. After graduating in 1960 from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, he attended graduate school at Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Jerry's late wife Leona was from St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1958 with an associate's degree in dental hygiene. The Hillestads are grateful for the education they received at the University of Minnesota and hope this scholarship will inspire students in their chemical engineering education.

Current Recipients:
  • Alexander Augedahl
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Joan Mattern Scholarship Fund

The Joan Mattern Scholarship was given in memory and honor of the late Joan Mattern by her husband CEMS alumni Robert V. Mattern. The Mattern scholarship is given to one undergraduate student based on need and merit. (Bob '44 BS, '52 PhD Chemical Engineering.)

Current Recipients:
  • Conor Holzhall
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Lloyd R. and Carol M. White Scholarship

This scholarship is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. Lloyd White graduted from the department and obtained a BS in 1959 and PhD in 1967. He pursued a successful career in industrial reserach and development spanning 37 years including 20 years at 3M Company. Lloyd is now an adjunct faculty member in the department. Carol graduated from CLA with a BS in German in 1959 and from CEHD with a BS in Education in 1985. Lloyd's family could not afford to educate him and he credits the scholarships he received from the University of Minneosta with making his education and subsequent career possible. The White Scholarship is intended for new students coming to the College of Science & Engineering who demonstrate financial need and show academic promise.

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Marvin and Christine Ballard Scholarship

Marvin (ChemE '63) and Christine Ballard established this scholarship in 2014 to support undergraduate students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Marvin attributes his professional success at Chevron Corporation to the educational preparation he received in the prestigious Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota.

Current Recipients:
  • John Sakizadeh
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Mendesh Family Scholarship

John S. Mendesh (ChemE '79, MBA '84) established the Mendesh Family Scholarship for chemical engineering and materials science students. John credits his professional success to the experiences he had as a chemical engineering undergraduate student and as an Evans Scholar while on campus. He hopes that this scholarship will help students pursue their dreams through the College of Science and Engineering.

Current Recipients:
  • Justin Roth
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Ocansey Family Scholarship

Mr. Maxwell Akplehe Ocansey established this scholarship in 2014, and it is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. Ocansey received his master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1980, having studied previously at the University of Leeds, England. Upon completion of his graduate education, Ocansey went to work with ExxonMobil and rose to become a senior executive in the refining and supply company. Originally from Ghana, Ocansey was the recipient of scholarships when he attended the University of Minnesota, so he established this scholarship in 2014 to promote diversity and help engineering students of need and merit attain college degrees.

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Paula Zoromski Memorial Scholarship

The Paula Zoromski Scholarship was given in loving memory by the family of the late Paula Zoromski who passed away August 6, 2009. Paula was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and received her chemical engineering degree in 1991. The Zoromski Scholarship is intended to support a women who is a junior or senior majoring in Chemical Engineering who is interested in medical research.

Current Recipients:
  • Jessica Young
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Raul Caretta Scholarship

Raul Caretta is a graduate of the department, earning his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering under the guidance of Regents Professor Lanny Schmidt and has taught the chemical engineering lab course in CEMS for the past 20 years. The Caretta Scholarship will be used to support chemical engineering and materials science undergraduate students who are residents of Minnesota and began their undergraduate studies as freshman at the University of Minnesota. The scholarship will be awarded based on achievements of academic merit.

Current Recipients:
  • Shelby Smith
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Ray E. Wheeler, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the family of Ray E. Wheeler, Jr. ('49) and is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. This scholarship will provide funds to new, full-time undergraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering with a preference for students with an interest in Chemical Engineering.

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Raymond A. Voet Scholarship

Raymond A. Voet (1931-2014) retired from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, conducting scientific research and disseminating information on the extraction, processing, use, and conservation of iron ore. A lifetime member of Mensa, as well as the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented, Ray was also active in Toastmasters. Together, with his surviving sister, Mary Ann Bower, and brothers Richard and Leo Voet, Raymond and his family established this scholarship to support students pursuing chemical engineering and chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Current Recipients:
  • Tzvetelina Baryakova
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Richard & Judy Hokanson Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is administered by the College of Science and Engineering. The son of a family with modest means from Pine County, Minnesota Rich began his college career at Hamline University as they offered him a scholarship. He later transferred prior to his junior year to the University of Minnesota because of his interest in chemical engineering. Rich obtained a BS in chemical engineering in 1966. After graduation Rich worked for 3M for 39 years in project engineering, manufacturing and reuse sales and application. His wife Judy, the daughter of a widowed mother of six, obtained a BS in Education from St. Cloud State in 1961. The Hokanson's have two children and two grandchildren. Rich's two brothers, three of Judy's siblings abd two nephews are U of MN alumni - five of whom hold degrees from the College of Science and Engineering. The Richard & Judy Hokanson Scholarship was established in 2007 and is specifically for students from Hinkley High School located in Hinkley, Minnesota who demonstrate financial need. If there are not students coming to the College of Sceince and Engineering from Hinkley High School, then a student in the College from Pine County will be considered for the scholarship.

Current Recipients:
  • Blake Harris
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Rosalie Sperling Dinkey Scholarship Fund

Rosalie Dinkey established the Rosalie Sperling Dinkey Scholarship fund in 2007 to commemorate her 80th birthday and her 60 years since graduation. Rosalie (Sperling) Dinkey obtained her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota's world renowned chemical engineering department in 1948. She remembers the 1940's as a time when there were few non-military men on campus. Rosalie originally began her University studies as a chemistry major and later decided she liked math and decided to major in chemical engineering. After graduation, Rosalie enjoyed diverse work experiences with Hanford Nuclear Plant, Sylvania, SRI, Hewlett Packard and even found herself teaching mathematics for three years.

Current Recipients:
  • Alexandra Kobe
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The Kempf Scholarship Fund in Chemical Engineering

Thomas "Tom" P. Kempf was born in Buffalo, New York and came to Minnesota in 1968 because his father worked for Pillsbury. Tom attended Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota. After graduating from the esteemed Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CEMS) in 1978 he went to work for Conwed Corporation, a small pulp and paper related company in St. Paul. In 1984 Tom accepted a position at the specialty chemical group of Henkel Corporation, which was the old General Mills Chemical Company. Henkel moved their research group out of state and Tom left for The Pillsbury Co. in 1986. He has continued with Pillsbury through several ownership changes, finally becoming part of General Mills in 2001. Currently Tom is a Research Director in Process and Product Technology which is part of the Gtech group in R & D. While working full time, Tom received a Masters Degree in 1986 from the CEMS department under the direction of Klavs Jensen (currently Department Head at MIT). Also, in 2003, while working full-time, he obtained a PhD in Food Science Chemistry under the advisement of Ted Labuza from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences. Earning a graduate degree in food science was a long- term goal of Tom's. His thesis project looked at how dough is formed when sheeted. Tom had this to say about creating a scholarship for chemical engineering undergraduates, "my desire in funding this is to make it possible for a student in good standing to continue in Chemical Engineering. I know all of the areas in IT are important, but CemE is where my allegiance is. We need good chemical engineers if we are ever going to solve the energy challenges, water shortages and pretty much any other problem I can think of."

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The Kenneth V. Krake Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by Adeline R. Krake, in memory of her husband, Kenneth V. Krake. Adeline's motivation for establishing the fund is to provide scholarships to students in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Adeline wishes to carry out her husband's desire to assist needy students in obtaining a quality education at the University of Minnesota, for which he was always grateful.

Current Recipients:
  • Evan Kraljic
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Thomas W. Cummins Scholarship Award

Thomas (Tom) W. Cummins is originally from Richfield, MN where he attended Richfield High School. He appreciated the math and science opportunities he had in high school to prepare him for his coursework at the University of Minnesota. Tom enjoyed his years at the U, and has fond memories of his days in Chemical Engineering. He was grateful for many great professors throughout his education. He remembers Arnie Fredrickson for his high expectations. One half of the unit ops lab grade was determined on how the well the lab reports were written. He also enjoyed Herb Isbin, his advisor. After graduating, he and his wife, Mary Jo, relocated to St. Louis with Monsanto Corporation. During his 32 plus years at Monsanto he held positions in engineering, manufacturing and executive management while working in five different plant locations as well as the main office. After retiring from Monsanto, Tom enrolled in a school of theology where he earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. Today, he works as a volunteer chaplain in two of Missouri's maximum security prisons, and visits almost exclusively with inmates in solitary confinement. He is, in some cases, their only conversational contact from the outside. This ministry brings some challenges and many, many rewards. His ties remain to Minnesota as he travels to Lake Pokegama each summer to enjoy 10 weeks of summer on the lake property his parents purchased in his youth. He and Mary Jo remain physically active and enjoy time with their grandchildren when time permits. As Tom prepares to celebrate his 70th birthday, he wishes to contribute to those organizations who have made an impact on his life. He is grateful for his education and wished to provide scholarship funding to the next generation of chemical engineers at the University of Minnesota. April 11, 2011, Thomas W. Cummins, BChE 1964, is donating $20,000 for the use of undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. The scholarship will be awarded in $5,000 increments over the next 4 years to either a junior or senior majoring in chemical engineering according to the following guidelines described below. 1)Scholarship to be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in chemical engineering 2)Scholarship to be awarded with preference to financial need 3)Scholarship to be awarded with preference for diversity 4)Scholarship to be awarded based on essay stating why student should be considered for this gift

Current Recipients:
  • Maria Garcia
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Tu and Pi-Fang Chen Scholarship

Dr. Chen was born in I-Lan City (Yilan), Taiwan and graduated from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He chose to attend the University of Minnesota for graduate school based on the strength of the program in Metallurgical Engineering and its emphasis on the emerging field of Materials Science. Dr. Chen feels very fortunate to have worked for his advisor, Professor John M. Sivertsen, as he was able to obtain valuable background in materials science, solid state physics, and in science of magnetic materials. This served him well in his career at IBM, Northrop and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, In 1983, he founded Komag Inc. to manufacture thin film magnetic media and achieved a great deal of success in business and in advancing the technology for increasing the recording density of magnetic media in hard disk drives. In recognition of the support from the University and from Professor Sivertsen that allowed Dr. Chen and his family to pursue their American dream, the Chen's would like to fund this scholarship. Special consideration will be given to undergraduate students wishing to pursue graduate school for materials science and engineering.

Current Recipients:
  • Daniel Balder
  • Jonathan Damen
  • Mark Mueller
  • Karsten Poulsen
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Vincent K. Leung Scholarship

Vincent Leung graduated from the esteemed department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in 1973. After graduation he obtained a M. Sc. from California Institute of Technology. Vincent believes that the only reason he was able to obtain his undergraduate degree was because he received various scholarships from the University and wishes to establish the Vincent K. Leung Scholarship to enable others to get the same opportunity in the future. Recipients of this award must be chemical engineering or materials science majors. Special consideration will be given to applicants who meet the following selection criteria: students in their junior or senior year of study who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the United States or in the United States lawfully on a non-temporary basis (such as refugees or asylees). Students should express meritorious achievement and financial need, but more weight will be placed on financial need as this scholarship seeks to assist a student who could not obtain an education without a scholarship. This scholarship is renewable.

Current Recipients:
  • Brandon Dinham
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Wendell & Dottie Manske Scholarship Fund

The Wendell & Dottie Manske Scholarship was created by Wendell & Dottie Manske to provide a full scholarship for one third year student majoring in Chemical Engineering and awarded based on financial need. (Wendell ?49 BS Chemical Engineering)

Current Recipients:
  • Connor Beach
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