New Information Systems Scholarship at Duquesne Quickly Reaches Endowment
The timeline to establish the Thomas A. Pollack Information Systems Management Scholarship at Duquesne University has progressed from being simply a good idea to achieving fully endowed status more quickly than anticipated.
Groundwork for the scholarship, which is for undergraduate business students majoring in information systems management (ISM), began in March 2012. Donations reached the threshold for sustaining an endowed scholarship by December 2013. "It's rare to take a project like this that quickly to completion," said Jim Miller, associate vice president for development and alumni relations
Miller pointed out that the generous individual members of the ISM Advisory Council-a group of industry professionals that collaborates with members of the business faculty to ensure ISM curriculum quality-and the dedication of the group as a whole to the project were essential for the fund's rapid growth.
Additionally, the council selected Pollack as the scholarship's namesake, which Miller believes attracted donations because of the many information systems careers Pollack helped to launch during his years at Duquesne. Pollack, a former associate dean of business and associate professor of supply chain and information systems management, retired from full-time teaching in 2012.
Though large donations speed fundraising efforts, Miller said that he and his colleagues never underestimate the "cumulative impact of individual support," referring to the many modest donations that helped to endow the scholarship. "An initiative like this demonstrates what a group of like-minded people are able to achieve," Miller said.
In addition to facilitating internship and job placement, the ISM Advisory Council works to attract the most qualified students to the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business ISM program, regardless of a prospect's personal finances. The Pollack scholarship was created to help achieve this goal.
Considerations for the Pollack Scholarship include financial need, faculty recommendations and a student's commitment to pursuing an ISM career. Sophomores and juniors can apply, and it is possible for a student to receive the award over multiple years.