Dates to Remember

December 2017
Application Process Begins
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February 2018
Application Materials Due
Application materials are due to your Department Chair.
March 2018
Finalist Candidate Selections
Finalist selections are made, successful candidates are notified.
April 2018
Formal Reception Held
Finalist candidates join Laird Selection Committee and participants for a formal reception in Wilmington.
April 2018
Candidate Interviews
Finalist candidate interviews take place at UD.
April 2018
New Laird Fellow Announced
The new Laird Fellow will be announced once a decision has been made.
May 2018
Laird Fellowship Award Presentation
The award will be presented at a College of Engineering event.

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. Laird live on as other promising young people are acknowledged and enriched by being named George W. Laird Fellows.

The George W. Laird Fellowship, established 25 years ago, is among the premiere awards at the University of Delaware. Since its inception, twenty-five men and women have been selected to receive this honor, chosen from a pool of highly-qualified and talented candidates. The Laird Fellows represent the best and the brightest of our engineering students and we are proud of their various and diverse accomplishments.

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Fellowship, I want to take the opportunity to thank those who have served on the selection committee for their thoughtful, often challenging deliberations. I extend my deepest appreciation to our friends, Ann and Cal Wick, for their unwavering hospitality, friendship and graciousness in opening their home and their hearts to many students, faculty and staff during this time. The Wicks have given us many special memories.

It is my sincere hope that the Laird Fellows, collectively and individually, will continue to remember the legacy of Geordie Laird and the recognition you received at the University of Delaware and support other promising young people — the opportunities to do so are numerous and rewarding. To each of you, congratulations and best wishes on this occasion and in the years to come.

David P. Roselle
David P. Roselle
President, University of Delaware 1990-2007
University of Delaware