Industrial Technology and Management Program Awards 2016-17 Footlik Scholarships


From left: Mazin Safar, Eduardo Arroyo, Robert Footlik, P.E. (IE ’68), Greg Williamson, Deborah Williamson

The Industrial Technology and Management Program is pleased to announce two recipients of the Irving M. Footlik Scholarship for 2016-17: Eduardo Arroyo and Gregory Williamson. Arroyo transferred to Illinois Tech after receiving an AAS degree in Supply Chain Management from City Colleges of Chicago-Olive Harvey.  He has some work experience as an inventory specialist at Best Buy, and plans to pursue a career at a company that specializes in transportation and/or logistics upon receiving his INTM degree. Williamson has over 20 years of work experience, and transferred to Illinois Tech after receiving an AAS in Industrial Electrician from Prairie State Community College.

The Footlik scholarship covers 50% tuition for two courses during the first year of attendance. Robert B. Footlik, P.E. (IE ’68) presented the award on behalf of the Irving M. and Sylvia Footlik Foundation at a recent luncheon. This award marks the eighth year of Footlik Scholarships for INTM students.

In a letter thanking Footlik for his support, Arroyo writes, “By awarding me [this scholarship] you have lightened my financial burden. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and…I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Irving M. Footlik (ME ’39), a dedicated and involved Illinois Tech alumnus who, together with his late wife Sylvia, gave time, attention and financial support to multiple campus initiatives and student projects.  The scholarship is in place to benefit students who obtain practical training at a community college and transfer to Illinois Tech to pursue the Bachelor of Industrial Technology and Management (BINTM).