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GE Scholars named (Released: 4/14/97)

by Pamela Julias, Office of University Communications.

STAMFORD, Conn. ­ The first recipients of the GE Capital Global Scholarship Fund will draw on the expertise of the University of Connecticuts business professors and General Electric executives through a $500,000 gift from GE Capital.

The gift is part of a $1 million pledge from GE in support of UConn 2000.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce Jennifer Wilcox and Jin Yiwei as the first GE Capital Global Scholars," said Thomas Gutteridge, dean of the School of Business Administration at UConn.

"These individuals are prime examples of the caliber of student GE Capital will support through this gift," added Denis J. Nayden, president and chief operating officer of GE Capital. As a charter member of the School of Business Administrations Alumni Hall of Fame, Nayden has taken a strong leadership role with the business schools Board of Overseers as vice chairman and with the University of Connecticut Foundation. He also chairs the Universitys $10 million Downstate Initiative Capital Campaign.

GEs payments on the million-dollar pledge from the company tally $500,000 to date. Half of the $1 million pledge is from the GE Fund and supports the development of a joint masters degree between UConn's schools of business administration and engineering as well as supporting

initiatives to help both schools achieve progressive diversity goals. The other half of the pledge is being paid by GE Capital.

GE Capitals funds support an endowed GE Capital Global Learning Center, a GE Capital Global Scholarship Fund, and an annual executive business forum which brings together international business policy-makers to explore key issues related to global business.

The scholarships will support up to four American and foreign students per year to pursue a graduate degree at the School of Business Administration at the Storrs or Stamford campuses. The scholarships must be applied for by MBA students and are awarded for an independent study in global business undertaken during the first year of MBA study. Recipients will have the opportunity to work alongside executives at GE Capital on international initiatives and projects under the direction of the business school and GE Capital.

Wilcox is a first-year MBA student at UConn. She is a dual-degree candidate for an MBA and a master's degree in Latin American studies. Wilcox received her undergraduate degree in international relations from Brown University, and as a junior studied international politics and economics at the Sorbonne in Paris. Upon graduation from Brown, she worked for three years in Costa Rica as a teacher and environmental coordinator. Her main areas of study at UConn are marketing, finance, international business and Latin American studies. She plans to return to Latin America to work after graduation.

Jin Yiwei is a native of the Peoples Republic of China and a first-year MBA student. She received her bachelors degree in banking from the Central Institute of Finance and Banking in Beijing. During her studies at the institute she received numerous awards for academic excellence, and also worked as a research assistant in the Beijing Institutes Financial Research Institute. Jin is focusing on finance and accounting at UConn.