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.