Issa Endowed Scholarships

Say Less Choreographed by Faith Brown, Annabeth Cowsert, and Faith Stanton, Department of Dance, Studiodance II, 2018, Photo by Natalie Fiol
Issa Gift Largest Ever for Department of Dance

Motivated by a passion for the arts, Dr. Ahmad (BS '62, MS '63, PhD '67 BUS) and Dulce Issa have established new endowed scholarships for talented dance and music students totaling $1 million—the largest gift received in the history of the Department of Dance.

Ahmad is a three-time degree holder in finance from the Gies College of Business and a recipient of the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Dulce holds a degree in finance from the University of Puerto Rico, has a master's degree in Spanish from Southern Illinois University, and was awarded a Wall Street Journal scholarship to pursue further studies in finance at Illinois.

Ahmad fondly remembers the support he received from former Finance Department chair Paul Van Arsdell while he was a student; the professor was instrumental in encouraging him to continue in the PhD program with tuition scholarships and fellowships. "Professor Van Arsdell’s unwavering support, generosity, and encouragement opened an undreamed-of academic career and professional future," he said.