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Four Urbana campus graduate students win FMC Fellowships

Mare Payne, News Bureau


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Each of nine University of Illinois graduate students – including four from the Urbana campus – has been awarded a $9,000 FMC Technologies Inc. Fellowship for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The annual fellowship program, established in 1971, honors outstanding graduate students in business administration, economics, engineering, finance or related fields. FMC is a Chicago-based corporation that produces chemicals and machines for agriculture and industry.

The recipients from the Urbana campus are Maria Cardador of Champaign, who is pursuing a doctorate in business administration; Robert Kidd of Urbana, who is pursuing a master’s in electrical and computer engineering; Alexander Spektor of Glenview, who is pursing a master’s in electrical and computer engineering; and Carlos Torelli of Urbana, who is pursuing a doctorate in business administration.

The winners were chosen by a committee representing FMC, the U. of I. and the
U. of I. Foundation.

The FMC Technologies Inc. Scholarship Fund, formerly called the FMC Educational Fund, was established as the Link-Belt Educational Fund in 1963 by a donation by U. of I. alumnus Bert A. Gayman, a Link-Belt executive. A few years later, Link-Belt merged into FMC Corp.

Gayman, a Champaign native who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the U. of I. in 1897, spent his entire career with the Link-Belt Co. in Chicago and chose to remain an anonymous donor to the educational fund until 1973, a year before his death.

The fund provides more than $100,000 annually for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships at Illinois.