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IMSA Graduate Wins Northwestern University Fellowship

IMSA Class of 2004 graduate Alice Zhao of Aurora was one of only three recipients selected by the Alumnae of Northwestern University to receive a 2012 Graduate Fellowship for graduate-level tuition.  

According to the press release by the Alumnae of Northwestern University, "the fellowships are awarded to full-time students in terminal Master’s degree programs who show promise of achieving distinction in careers that will serve the public good. Criteria for selection include quality of scholarship, leadership, community service, professional experience and financial need." 

Alice received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering, and, as a member of the inaugural class, will receive her Masters in Analytics from McCormick in December 2013.  

As an undergraduate, Alice was a research assistant in the Image and Video Processing laboratory and a TB tracker for Global Healthcare Technologies her senior year.  She was involved in several mentoring and teaching programs and played the cymbals for the university marching band.  A systems integration and technology analyst for Accenture, she is described as a “go-to resource when something needs to get done.”

According to The Alumnae of Northwestern University president, Dee Hanlon, “our Fellowship Committee had a difficult time choosing recipients from an extraordinary group of applicants.  Our organization is pleased to support NU outstanding graduates of Northwestern by awarding these fellowships.”

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds for a wide range of projects to benefit the University and showcases the University’s academic resources with the community through its Continuing Education program.  Founded in 1916, it has given more than $6 million in gifts and grants to the school, including more than $250,000 given in 2011.  For more information, visit the Alumnae website (