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Michael B. Laffin

For immediate release:
December 22, 2004

Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business Establishes Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber Scholarship for Student from France

Full-tuition scholarship honors former professor and university international chairman

PITTSBURGH—The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University announced that it has established a full-tuition scholarship for a qualified MBA student who is a citizen of France. The scholarship is named in honor of Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, a former professor and international chairman at Carnegie Mellon, French freedom fighter, French government official and founder of the French news weekly l'Express.

"I am proud to announce this scholarship to honor Jean-Jacques and his contributions to Carnegie Mellon as well as to the global community," said Tepper School Dean Kenneth B. Dunn. "By offering this prestigious award to an exceptional student from France, we continue to celebrate the special friendship that has linked our countries. We also support our commitment to a diverse classroom experience, which we believe is critical in today's increasingly global business environment."

Servan-Schreiber's affiliation with the university began when he was chair of the World Center for Computer Literacy in Paris, a partner of Carnegie Mellon. The World Center was established in 1982 by French President François Mitterrand who visited the Carnegie Mellon campus in 1984. Servan-Schreiber also served as professor of strategic thinking and as international chairman of the university. In 1990, he co-founded the Carnegie Bosch Institute (CBI) with Hans L. Merkle. CBI is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the Robert Bosch Group, one of Germany's largest international corporations. The institute is focused on developing globally minded managers and business leaders.

Prior to his involvement with Carnegie Mellon, Servan-Schreiber was an assistant to Pierre Mendes-France. He was then elected in northern Lorraine to the National Assembly of France, was president of the Lorraine Region, served as cabinet minister for reform under French President Giscard d'Estaing, and was a special advisor on economic development to Mitterrand.

As a journalist, Servan-Schreiber wrote foreign policy articles for Le Monde and founded a weekly magazine, l'Express. Called back to the French Army in 1956 to fight in Algeria, he received the Cross of Military Valor and published "Lieutenant in Algeria" (1957), which made him a popular author for his opposition to colonial policies. Later, he modernized l'Express into a news magazine similar in format to TIME.

"It is a tremendous honor that the Tepper School has chosen my native country as the focus of this new scholarship, and I am grateful that it will bear my name," said Servan-Schreiber. "My long relationship with Carnegie Mellon has been a rewarding and enlightening experience. My four sons are Carnegie Mellon graduates, and I am excited that we are able to make possible the same opportunity for a talented French student or a young French manager to enrich his or her culture, thoughts and skills in a tremendously stimulating environment within one of the world's finest business schools."

Founded in 1949, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon is a pioneer in the field of management science and analytical decision making. Its groundbreaking curricula are the basis for many business and academic models throughout the world, especially those committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and technology. The most recent example of this is the new MBA Tracks program that allows students to pursue areas of study that cross several disciplines and involve other Carnegie Mellon schools, yet maintains Tepper's traditional focus on the intersection of business and technology.

The school's notable distinctions include a faculty that consistently produces ground-breaking research published in leading academic journals; a unique contribution to the intellectual community including six Nobel prizes in economics; and a consistent presence in the top tier of national and international doctorate, master's level and undergraduate business school rankings. The Tepper School was named the No. 2 business school in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. More information on the school and its programs can be found at


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