Webb Announces Inaugural Zeien Scholar
Dr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Zeien have established the “Dr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Zeien ’52 Student Scholar” through a one million dollar endowment. The income from this generous gift will offset the cost of tuition for one Webb student in perpetuity. The selected student will be a rising sophomore and retain the honor of the title of Zeien Scholar throughout their Webb career. Upon their graduation, another Zeien Scholar will be chosen. This is the second one million dollar endowment received from the Zeien family, the income from the first providing support for the highly successful Zeien Lecture series.
The Webb faculty was asked to establish the criteria for the Zeien Scholar. In addition to academic excellence, the faculty insisted that the candidate uphold the principles upon which Mr. Webb founded the Institute in manner and deed, thereby contributing to the overall excellence of the school.
As a result, the faculty recommended and President Olsen endorsed the selection of Eric Harris, a member of the Class of 2014, as the first Zeien Student Scholar. Eric has performed at Dean’s List level throughout his freshman year and has been active in many facets of campus life including participation in the Webb Family Singers (WooFS), the Webb Players, and SNAME. In addition he supports Campus Computing by serving as an assistant contributing editor to the college website and as lead student photographer for campus events. Many of the photo montages that the Webb community enjoys have been the result of Eric’s efforts.
Eric also played an important role in hosting male prospective freshman for admission last spring during the candidate interview period. Eric is a great ambassador for Webb and we congratulate him on his selection for this honor and thank the Zeiens for their continued benevolence to Webb.