George W. Laird
The George W. Laird Merit Fellowship is given to honor the memory of George W. Laird. He obtained an A.B. degree at Hamilton College in 1964. He then attended the University of Delaware, where he was awarded a B.M.E. degree with highest honors in 1968 and an M.M.A.E. degree in 1971. On September 6, 1977, at the age of thirty-five, George W. Laird was killed in a tragic accident.

Determined that something positive should come from this seemingly senseless loss, his family and friends established a fund to support a major fellowship, based on merit, that will provide a source of strong motivation to students working toward graduate degrees in the College of Engineering. The generous support of more than 300 donors has made this award possible.

iconThe Best & the Brightest

In a story that appeared in a recent issue of the University of Delaware's publication, Messenger, the writer begins "It can be difficult — if not impossible — to make sense of the untimely death of a promising young person, but George Laird's family and friends say they were determined to try." Indeed, with the longstanding service and support of Mr. Laird's widow, Ann Wick, and of his close friends, Randy Barton and Ted Ashford, the legacy and spirit of Mr. READ MORE

iconDiverse & Interesting Engineers

It is a pleasure to congratulate the Laird Fellows on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the program. The nature and purpose of the Laird Fellowship is unusual and is perhaps unique to Delaware. The selection process sets aside the traditional measures of academic excellence, and instead provides a generous fellowship to allow a student with abilities possibly outside the academic mainstream a chance to explore and grow.

It is perhaps not surprising that the human qualities that enable a winner of this Fellowship are also the harbinger of a successful career, and indeed the individual stories here provide views of diverse and interesting READ MORE