Cream of the Crop

Representing the engineering, science and math alumni and students of Case Western Reserve University.

Arkady Polinkovsky ’08, MS ’10 with a student at the 2018 Junior/Senior Scholar reception.

Cream of the Crop

The Case Alumni Association announces a new class of Junior/Senior Scholars—and the next generation of Case scientists and engineers.

Performing one of its most critical functions, the Case Alumni Association recently awarded 136 new Junior/Senior Scholarships, propelling deserving students toward graduation from the Case School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.


The scholarships, awarded to rising juniors and seniors by the Scholarship Committee of the Case Alumni Association Board of Directors, are designed to help stellar students finish their degree programs at Case Western Reserve.


The Committee awarded a total of $688,100 to the students based on financial need, leadership potential and academic performance. The median award was $4,800; the top scholarship was $10,000.


The new class of Junior/Senior Scholars will be honored at a reception at a later date. At that time, alumni will be invited to come and meet the next generation of Case scientists and engineers.


“These are the cream of the crop and we want to alleviate some of the pressure for them,” said Arkady Polinkovsky ’08, MS ’10, a senior mechanical engineer at Altran.


Polinkovsky, a member of the Scholarship Committee the past five years, this year served his first term as chairman of the committee. He succeeded Joe Fakult ’90, who served as committee chair for more than a decade. More than 20 alumni, faculty and CAA staff took part in scholarship interviews the week of March 2 to 6.


Polinkovsky, himself a Junior/Senior Scholar, said the program is one of the most worthwhile endeavors of the Case Alumni Association. The scholarships help students to focus on their research and their studies by bringing them some financial relief, he said.


“This is the Case community taking care of its own,” Polinkovsky said. “I think the students realize that. I think they also realize they’ll be expected to help support the next generation. This is money well spent.”


For more information on scholarships, email Janna Greer, manager of donor relations and grants, at Janna.Greer@casealum.org. If you wish to donate to the Case Fund to support scholarships, please click HERE.

Junior/Senior Scholarship committee deliberations.

2019 Junior/Senior Scholarship recipients. 

This is the Case community taking care of its own. I think the students realize that. I think they also realize they’ll be expected to help support the next generation. This is money well spent.

Arkady Polinkovsky ’08, MS ’10

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