Jacobs School Scholarships and Fellowships:
Opening a World of Opportunity
FOR THE JACOBS SCHOOL SCHOLARS AND FELLOWS, academic excellence is almost
a given. Their UCSD experience is being defined by opportunities that
will undoubtedly impact the rest of their lives. Most recently, they had
the chance to meet Joan Jacobs, who together with her husband Irwin, created
the Jacobs School Scholars and Fellows program.
"Irwin and I are tremendously impressed with your accomplishments academically,"
Mrs. Jacobs told the students at a welcoming reception in November. "I
know you will be busy studying hard, but while you are on campus, I hope
you will expand your horizons beyond engineering. Attend a play at the
La Jolla Playhouse and walk among the outdoor sculptures of the Stuart
Collection." To encourage the students, Mrs. Jacobs gave each a copy of
the recently published book "Landmarks: UCSD Stuart Collection".
Says sophomore Alex Simma: "To me, the most valuable part of the Jacobs
School Scholarship is the amazing people I've metóit's the kind of experience
that canít be measured in dollars and cents or GPAs and SATs." Simma,
a computer science major, says his research with UCSD Linguistics Professor
Andrew Kehler on a computational analysis of pronoun resolution is giving
him a broader outlook on how engineering can be applied to other fields
"My scholarship pays for my housing, my food, my tuition, and even my
books," said freshman bioengineer Jason Tongbai. "But it is also a great
Just weeks after arriving on campus, Tongbai participated in the UCSD
Open House when the Jacobs Scholars helped children make "goo" out of
borax and glue. "Those little kids seemed very much interested and who
knows, we might be influencing the Albert Einsteins of tomorrow."
The Jacobs School Scholars and Fellows program
was established in 1999 to help the School recruit students who have demonstrated
the highest level of academic excellence, leadership and commitment to
community service. Undergraduates are provided full four-year scholarships
and graduates are provided full first-year fellowships. The program is
made possible through the generous support of Irwin and Joan Jacobs. If
you are interested in helping to support students while simultaneously
honoring your family or others through a named scholarship program, please
contact MaryAnn F. Stewart at (858) 534-4575.