WMU News

Private gift funds study abroad scholarship

Feb. 17, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The Department of Economics and Office of Study Abroad have announced a new scholarship that will provide up to $3,000 each for two students to participate in international education projects that have an experiential component.

To be eligible for the Global Economist Scholarship, the students must be majoring in economics and participate in a study abroad program for at least eight weeks during the fall 2003 or spring 2004 semester.

Dr. Werner Sichel, professor of economics, says the scholarship was funded by Louis and Myrna Hellerman of Glenview, Ill.

Louis Hellerman, a member of the Lee Honors College, majored in economics and political science at WMU and graduated in 1964. He went on to become a lawyer and certified public accountant and
served as a captain in the Marine Corps as well as a federal military judge. In 1989, he founded Argo Associates, a financial consulting firm.

"Mr. Hellerman has traveled extensively during his career and wishes to support students of economics seeking insight into the global scope of economics through a hands-on international
experience," says Sichel, who is serving as chairperson of the scholarship selection committee.

"The Global Economist Scholarship will further the considerable study abroad support already available to WMU students, such as the President's Grant for Study Abroad, Understudied Cultures Grant and Minority Scholarship for Study Abroad."

For more information, contact Sichel at (269) 387-5539 or <werner.sichel@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu


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