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New fellowship will benefit professional master's program

By Eva Widder

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Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Foundation

The SJMC is honored to announce a new fellowship, established through the generosity of alum Raymond Tarleton (M.A., '52). The Raymond J. Tarleton Strategic Communication Fellowship will provide full tuition support to exemplary students in the professional master's in strategic communication program.

Tarleton is an esteemed alumnus and a longtime friend of the University of Minnesota. He has been a Presidents Club member, with his late wife, Elvira, since 1984. Tarleton received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1948 and his M.A. degree in journalism and mass communication in 1952.

His professional career was devoted to providing leadership to the American Association of Cereal Chemists and to the American Pathological Society; he is the retired executive vice president of both organizations. His appreciation for the education he received from the University combined with his belief in the importance of strong journalism and mass communication education in the future led him to establish this fellowship.

Interest earned through the Tarleton Fellowship will be matched by the 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Endowment, a University-wide program that doubles fellowship support for outstanding students.

"The fellowship will be especially beneficial as the professional master's program is a new endeavor, now in its third year," says SJMC director Al Tims.This type of fellowship support will help recruit the best applicants to the program, which is designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers. "We are honored to house this fellowship," says Tims. "It will greatly benefit future generations of communications leaders."