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First Joseph L. Rotman Scholarship Awarded at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management

September 6, 2016

Toron­to, ON – The first Joseph L. Rot­man Schol­ar­ship has been award­ed to a geol­o­gist and engi­neer who is start­ing class­es today in the Full Time MBA pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment.

Tess Cecil-Cock­well is the recip­i­ent of the full tuition schol­ar­ship which was award­ed based on a com­bi­na­tion of her out­stand­ing marks from her under­grad­u­ate degree, GMAT test score, and pro­fes­sion­al ref­er­ences as well as an equal­ly out­stand­ing per­for­mance in their inter­view dur­ing the appli­ca­tion process to the pro­gram.

Cecil-Cock­well is a grad­u­ate of Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty with a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in engi­neer­ing. With eight years of work­ing in the petro­le­um indus­try, she most recent­ly worked as a petro­le­um engi­neer with Cono­co Philips Alas­ka in Anchor­age where she man­aged the oper­a­tion of 75 wells in the Kuparuk Field. She start­ed her career with Schlum­berg­er Drilling & Mea­sure­ments where she was the company’s first female direc­tion­al driller on Alaskan oil rigs.

The mer­it-based schol­ar­ship is named in hon­our of the School’s vision­ary bene­fac­tor Joseph Rot­man, who passed away in Jan­u­ary 2015.  “Joe was com­mit­ted to excel­lence in edu­ca­tion and to devel­op­ing excep­tion­al future busi­ness and soci­etal lead­ers. This schol­ar­ship will be award­ed each year in his hon­our,” says Dean Tiff Mack­lem.

Togeth­er with his wife San­dra, the Rot­man fam­i­ly is among the most gen­er­ous donors in the University’s his­to­ry. Most recent­ly, they gave $30 mil­lion to the School in April which estab­lished the Rot­man Cat­a­lyst Fund which will act as a “ven­ture fund” for the Rot­man School, used to fund bold and inno­v­a­tive ini­tia­tives to con­tin­ue to trans­form man­age­ment edu­ca­tion and to increase the impact of the School’s stu­dents and new think­ing.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment is locat­ed in the heart of Canada’s com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al cap­i­tal and is part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, one of the world’s top 20 research uni­ver­si­ties. The Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables our grad­u­ates to tack­le today’s glob­al busi­ness and soci­etal chal­lenges.  For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Ken McGuf­fin
Man­ag­er, Media Rela­tions
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: 416.946.3818

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