Jacobus M. and Michelle L. Oschmann Optical Sciences and Business Leadership Scholarship

University of Arizona alumnus Jacobus (Jim) M. Oschmann earned a Master of Science degree from the College of Optical Sciences and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Eller College of Management. Among his many career highlights are executive management positions at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., including the vice presidency of both the tactical solutions and civil space and technology business units. In support of the international optics community, he has served on review panels and advisory boards for NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.

Michelle L. Oschmann is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, where she has performed several high-level roles, including vice president of VectraBank Colorado. She has also volunteered for a variety of organizations and been part of the YWCA of Boulder County board of directors.

This scholarship, generously provided by Jim and Michelle, will support those ambitious and dedicated students pursuing an education in optical sciences and an interest in business management. 


This scholarship supports first-year graduate students in optical sciences who may also hold an interest in business management. Preference is given to those who exhibit academic excellence with a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate leadership in student groups or community organizations.

2021-2022: Cheng-Ting Huang
2019-2020: Joel Berkson
2018-2019: Maryam Baker
2017-2018: Emma Landsiedel
2016-2017: Austin Wilson
2015-2016: Ross Uthoff
2014-2015: Kevin Newman