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LOWELL - The generosity of a Carlisle woman has enabled the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to establish an annual nursing scholarship and internship in her husband's name.
The donation by Shalin Wu of the Chin-Cheng Wu Foundation for Peace and Humanity will fund an annual $1,000 Cheng Wu Award for Academic Excellence in Nursing and a $5,000 Cheng Wu Internship in Nursing - both named for her husband, the chairman and founder of Acopia Networks Inc. This year's scholarship recipient - who had the highest grade point average at the end of freshmen year - is Jenny McConnell of Wilmington.
"We're very proud of the quality of the nursing program at UMass Lowell. We greatly appreciate the support for that quality implicit in Mrs. Wu's generous gift," said Dr. David H. Wegman, dean of the UMass Lowell School of Health and Environment.
In addition to the scholarship, Wu's donation will fund an annual internship that will be awarded to a student who, in her sophomore year, will work in a long-term care facility in Lowell, spending time with bed-ridden patients who have few or no visitors. The objective is to focus time on those within the facility who have the greatest need for companionship.
Mr. Wu also founded and served as chairman and CEO of ArrowPoint Communications, which was purchased by Cisco, and co-founded Arris Networks, a Massachusetts-based startup that developed high-density Internet access products. He was named to InteractiveWeek Magazine's "Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Internet" in 2000.