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Lally School Names 2009 Herman Family Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship
The Lally School of Management & Technology has awarded incoming Master in Business Administration (MBA) student Victoria Kruse the prestigious Herman Family Fellowship for Women in Entrepreneurship. Funded annually for more than 10 years by the Herman Family Foundation, established by Karen and Michael Herman ’62, the fellowship for women in entrepreneurship enables students to pursue an individually tailored program of scholastic and practical experience. The fellowship award is up to $30,000 and also includes career mentoring and access to a network of professional women entrepreneurs.

“Changing times demand a new way to teach business leaders and imbue them with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset,” said Jill Terry, assistant dean for Master’s and Executive Programs at the Lally School. “Ms. Kruse’s background in engineering, biotechnology, mentorship, and as an aspiring entrepreneur creates a platform for future growth as a business professional. She is the ideal recipient for the Herman Family Fellowship. We are excited about having her as a member of our new MBA class. She brings a sense of the entrepreneurial spirit that is a core focus of the MBA program. We look forward to the innovative collaborations that will take place between Kruse, fellow students, and Lally School faculty.”

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kruse is the first member of her family to graduate from college. She received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown and started an after-school educational program aimed at helping Hispanic high school students prepare for college. Shortly after that, she went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she focused on the patenting of biotechnological inventions.

“I am truly honored to be this year’s Herman Family Fellow,” Kruse said. “When I first heard the news, there was a lot of jumping up and down, and flailing of the arms in our home. The fellowship is much more than a financial award. Knowing that the Herman family places importance in my specific career goal, and identifies the challenging career path I must take, not only encourages me to truck along, but also gives me confidence that it will one day all pay off.”

In addition to her high academic achievement, Kruse is an avid soccer player and coach, as well as an active community volunteer in women and children’s shelters. After receiving her MBA, she hopes to start and manage her own medical device company.
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