Wien International Scholarship Program Edit


02 MWalB00263A


  • 1958-1998 (Creation)
  • 1958-1994, undated (Creation)


  • 3.50 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 1 record center box, 5 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized folders, 1 framed item other_unmapped (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in one series: Wien International Scholarship Program 1958-1998 Organized chronological and in original order

    For more information about each series, pleas consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains publications, files, photographs, video recordings and various items connected to the Wien International Scholar Program. Dates range from 1958 to 1998, with emphasis on the progam's founding in 1958 and on anniversary related publications. Of note are: yearbooks of Wien scholars;photographs, and video recordings of WISP related individuals and events, included Brandeis commencements; A mixed media composition presented to the program by artist Janet Aykuz; and a framed etching presented to Lawrence Wien by WISP scholars. Box 1 contains files and correspondances compiled by Rosita Fine.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Brandeis University, in conjunction with Lawrence A. and Mae L. Wien, established The Wien International Scholarship Program (WISP) in 1958. The scholarship is intended to attract international undergraduate students to the university and to help support them during their time on campus. It is a needs based scholarship, though applicants must show significant academic and personal success to receive it.

    The first class of WISP participants was comprised of 30 students who came from 16 different countries. Over the years, the program has maintained its commitment to helping outstanding international scholars pursue their education. As of August 2016, the Wien International Scholarship Program at Brandeis has fully or partially funded over 860 undergraduates from 112 different countries.

    Some of the 860 students have gone on to hold positions of power and influence in various national governments and international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Other alumni have made contributions to the field of medicine and industries including finance, education, law, and the arts. Notable WISP alumni include Haile Menkerios (’70), Olaf Olafsson (’85), and Rakesh Rajani (’85).