CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Each of six University of Illinois graduate students - including two from the Urbana campus - has been awarded a $9,000 FMC Technologies Inc. Fellowship for the 2004-2005 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 Marinell Croson of Champaign, who is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine, and Ashok Lalwani of Jaipur, India, who is pursing a doctorate in marketing.
The winners were chosen by a three-person 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.