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LOWELL - A 23-year-old Serbian native this week will receive the first UMass Lowell Prof. Charlie Steele Memorial Scholarship. The award will be presented to Miroslava Raspopovic Friday at noon in the Dean of Sciences Office, Olney 524 on the University's North Campus.
Raspopovic, who currently has a 3.75 grade-point average (GPA) and was named this year's Outstanding Graduate Student, is pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering.
The Steele Memorial Fund was established last December in memory of Prof. Steele who died unexpectedly on Christmas day. He had worked at the University for 25 years and was the first permanent faculty member of the Computer Science Department. He was known for his commitment to the University and its students, conducting weekly tutorial sessions and hosting monthly socials for graduate students.
Raspopovic, who currently lives in Lowell, last year received a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University. She received many academic honors as an undergraduate student, including the Chancellor's Medal and the Prof. Carl. A. Stevens Award for High Academic Achievement, and was on the Dean's List all four years before graduating with a 3.77 GPA.
She also was a standout varsity basketball player for the UMass Lowell River Hawks, earning much recognition for her athletic achievements, including being named an Academic All-American two years, Outstanding Student Athlete three years and the NCAA Woman of the Year in 1999 and serving as captain her last season.