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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University
of Illinois today announced that Siebel Systems, the world's leading
provider of eBusiness applications software, has donated $2.6 million
to the UI to establish the Siebel Scholars Program in computer science.
The Siebel Scholars Program
is being initiated at 11 of the world's leading business and computer
Each Siebel Scholar at the
UI will receive a $25,000 award to defray tuition costs and expenses
for the second year of his or her graduate study in computer science.
Five Scholars will be selected
each year based on academic merit and leadership excellence demonstrated
in the first year of the students' advanced degree programs.
"This wonderful gift perfectly
exemplifies the commitment of Siebel Systems to excellence," said William
Schowalter, the dean of the UI College of Engineering, which encompasses
the department of computer science. "There exists a serious nationwide
shortage of computer science graduates who will be needed to sustain
this new industrial revolution, and the University of Illinois is committed
to addressing the problem. The Siebel Scholars Program is a powerful
means of motivating the best and brightest young people to enter the
field, and to reward those who excel.
"We look forward to naming
our first Siebel Scholars and are confident that this program will become
the centerpiece of our efforts to identify and cultivate tomorrow's
leaders in computer science," Schowalter said.
On Feb. 24, Thomas M. Siebel,
the chairman and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, agreed to
donate $32 million to the UI to construct the Siebel Center for Computer
Science, a state-of-the-art facility for the department of computer
science at the Urbana campus.
"The graduate program at
the University of Illinois has made great contributions to industry
and society, both here in Silicon Valley and worldwide," Siebel said.
"Siebel Systems wishes to support those efforts on a personal level,
and the Siebel Scholars Program is our way of giving something back
to this great institution."
Deans from the institutions
that are part of the Siebel Scholars Program will select the first 55
Siebel Scholars before the end of this academic year. In addition, an
alumni association of all Siebel Scholars will convene at a conference
to be hosted annually by one of the participating schools.
The other institutions at
which the Scholars program is being established are Carnegie Mellon
University (School of Computer Science), University of California at
Berkeley (School of Engineering), University of Chicago (Graduate School
of Business), Harvard University (Harvard Business School), Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (School of Engineering and MIT/Sloan School
of Management), Northwestern University (J.L. Kellogg School of Management),
University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School) and Stanford University
(Graduate School of Business and School of Engineering). Each of the
schools will receive $2.6 million from Siebel Systems to establish the
Siebel earned three degrees
from the UI: a bachelor's in history (1975), a master's in business
administration (1983) and a master's in computer science (1985).
Siebel Systems Inc. provides
an integrated family of eBusiness application software enabling multi-channel
sales, marketing and customer service systems to be deployed over the
Web, call centers, field, reseller channels, retail and dealer networks.
Siebel Systems' sales and service facilities are deployed locally in
more than 28 countries. More information is available on the Web at www.Siebel.com.