Ronny Wells Scholarship
On April 8, 2017, the Jacobs University Foundation of America announced that the endowed scholarship supported by the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund will be named the Ronny Wells Scholarship in dedication of Ronny Wells lifetime of achievement and service to Jacobs University.
Dr. Raymond Wells was fundamental to the establishment of Jacobs University Bremen. Indeed, it was the fateful call from Dr. Hans-Otto Peitgen to Dr. Raymond (Ronny) Wells on the morning of October 22, 1997 that connected the City of Bremen to Rice University and set the stage for the establishment of Jacobs University. Ronny played a critical advisory role in the early days of the university and contributed to the establishment of the IRC and Jacobs trans disciplinary approach to education. Ronny also had the foresight to establish an official non-profit in the United States, the Jacobs University Foundation of America, such that Americans could contribute to the University and receive tax benefits. Ronny served in leadership roles in JUFA for over nine years, and continues to serve on the Board of the Jacobs University Foundation of America today. Ronny’s role in the establishment of Jacobs University is so fundamental that he has literally written a book on the history of Jacobs. His legacy will live on through the future generations of Ronny Wells Scholars whose tenacity and optimism are sure to bring about a brighter future for all.
The Jacobs University Foundation of America is committed to high-quality international education for all, regardless of nationality or financial status. Thus in 2015, we established the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund, to give hard-working students access to a Jacobs’ education.
The JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund which funds the Ronny Wells Scholarship is an endowment model, meaning that no scholarships or rewards will be paid out of the principal of the endowment, but instead from the interest paid on the endowment. This is important because it is ensures the fund will be sustainable in perpetuity.
To respond to the desires of alumni and donors, the future scholarship provided by the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund will be merit-based, and available to students from all nationalities.
By the end of 2016, JUFA has raised $40,000 for the JUFA Alumni Scholarship Fund through generous donations from Jacobs’ alumni, family, and friends.
The current fundraising goal is $100,000 by summer of 2020. An endowment this size will ensure at least a 2000 Euro per year scholarship in perpetuity.