Stewart Named 1st Huskamp Award Recipient

Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) senior Jessica Stewart has been named the first recipient of the Jeffrey C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Endowed Bioengineering Scholarship, established in honor of the late University of Maryland CIO Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp, and his wife, BioE Director of Operations Sandra Huskamp. The $1500 award will be given to a different student each year.

"Jessica is a once-in-a-decade individual who embodies the effusive energy, sincerity, tireless work ethic, pride and dedication that are Huskamp hallmarks—and this, in our view, made her the perfect fit for our newest award," says BioE Professor and Chair William Bentley. "She is one of the most energetic and visible students in our department, a top-notch lacrosse player, active in research, the leader of the Clark School’s Student Ambassadors, and a member of QUEST, a community-based honors program that focuses on innovation, business acumen, quality systems management, and teamwork."

"The scholarship," Bentley adds, "which Jeff and Sandra established before his passing, reflects their dedication to the advancement of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the University of Maryland."

"Jeff believed the impossible just takes a little longer," says Sandra Huskamp. "That's the way he lived his life. His passion was to provide students and faculty with the best information technology environment to nurture their success, from building excellence in the technology infrastructure to exploring and implementing innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning. Jeff personally experienced the life saving application of bioengineering. This scholarship fund will enable his legacy to help the next generation of scientists and doctors succeed, so that what seems impossible now will become the reality they create."

To contribute to the Jeffrey C. and Sandra W. Huskamp Endowed Bioengineering Scholarship, visit the University of Maryland's Great Expectations web site at Click on Make a Gift, then click Online Giving Form. Choose to make a new gift, and in Step 3 of the process, type "Huskamp" in the Search For A Fund field. The bioengineering scholarship will appear in a popup menu. Giving online is fast and secure.

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Published September 16, 2010