Syma Mendelsohn

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A New Scholarship for History

Syma Mendelsohn, who graduated from UIS (then Sangamon State University) in 1975 with a Master’s in History, has created a new scholarship: the new Syma R. Mendelsohn Endowed Scholarship Fund for graduate students majoring in History at UIS.

Syma is one of our many distinguished graduates. After teaching in Washington, D.C., for several years, Syma moved to Springfield in 1973 and during the next three years worked on her Master’s degree. Of special benefit was working on the Oral History Research Project under Cullom Davis. She says this work helped to reveal her talents in writing, editing, marketing and management.

Award-Winning Career in Direct Response Marketing

In 1976, when she and her family returned to Washington, D.C., Syma began her almost 40-year career in direct response marketing and communications. (Direct marketing allows businesses and organizations to communicate straight to the customer.)

She has won numerous awards including the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Marketing from the Direct Marketing Association of Washington, D.C. (DMAW), the association’s highest honor. She also won DMAW’s Gold “Big Idea” award for marketing excellence for work on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of associations and nonprofit clients and has helped mentor dozens of young professionals.

Encouraging Others at UIS

Syma wants to encourage other graduate students in history because she attributes so much of her success to the study of History at UIS.

Thank you, Syma!