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Wien International Scholarship Program

Identifier: 02-MWalB00263A

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.


  • 1958-1998
  • Majority of material found in 1958-1994, undated

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.

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).


3.50 Linear Feet

1 record center box, 5 manuscript boxes, 2 oversized folders, 1 framed item other_unmapped

Language of Materials



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.

Ryan Kacani. Biog/ Hist written by Amity Pauley, 2016.
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections