IPFW and Mark D. Ulmschneider have developed a new prize that will be awarded starting this spring to students in the university's political science department.
The Ulmschneider Prize consists of $60,000, which will be paid out over three years to multiple students at a time. The prize's intention is to reward achievement and performance and facilitate upward mobility for political science students. The specific award criteria is still being established.
"The Ulmschneider Prize is truly a unique and generous gift that Mark Ulmschneider envisioned to encourage and recognize outstanding students in Political Science," Angie Fincannon, vice chancellor for advancement, said in a statement Monday. "The generosity behind this gift will really enhance the department's ability to support student success in a highly successful department that is preparing students to enter law schools throughout the country. I hope that Mark's vision will set a standard with which other attorneys in Fort Wayne will replicate."
Ulmschneider, who is a Fort Wayne attorney, said he wanted to recognize students for outstanding scholarship.
"I have hired many interns and newly minted lawyers over the years, "Ulmschneider said in a statement. "I appreciate the creativeness and work ethic of IPFW students, especially the students from the political science department."