Award History

Each of the institutional sponsors of the present scholarship independently initiated memorial scholarships shortly following Joe Simmons' untimely death late in 1995. As these organizations—the ASQ Measurement Quality Division, the Measurement Science Conference and NCSL International—are closely tied through common memberships of numerous people, discussions soon began about merging these individual efforts into a single entity so as to avoid confusion and to concentrate resources.

A constitution/charter to do so was drafted in March of 1996 and modified a number of times to comply with changing IRS requirements and the needs of the institutional sponsors. The final version was signed in November of 2001. The Scholarship operated under that charter until mid-2009, when two things occurred: the Measurement Science Conference informed the Scholarship of its withdrawal, and the Executive Committee voted to accept a proposal to operate under the umbrella of the NCSLI committee structure, thereby acquiring non-profit status and administrative support. The Scholarship will continue to be co-sponsored by the Measurement Quality Division and will operate independently, i.e., NCSL International will have only one formal vote, as before. Meanwhile the Scholarship Committee began awarding the joint scholarship—initially using privately donated funds. Scholarships have been granted as shown below:

Year

Recipient

Institution

2015-16

Rakesh Ramasamy

Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

2014-15

Lindsay Bass

Virginia Tech

2013-14

Omar Cardenas Reyes

Polytechnic University of Santa Rosa Jáuregui (Querétero, Mexico)

2012-13

Kang Ni

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

2011–12

Natalie Luu

Stanford University

2010–11

Feilong Lin

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

2009–10

Christine Donaldson

California State University-Dominguez Hills

2008–09

Christine Donaldson

California State University-Dominguez Hills

2007–08

Timothy F. Chereck

Central Georgia Technical College

2006–07

Daniel Child

Brigham Young University

2004–05

M. Laine Mears

Georgia Institute of Technology

2000–01

Daniel K. Chism

Eastern Kentucky University

1999–00

Adele A. Bailar

Community College of Aurora (Colorado)