Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Memorial Fund

Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Memorial Fund in Scientific & Technical Communication offers a $200 award every year to a technical writing & communication major whose academic pursuits reflect a commitment to scientific and technical communication, rhetorical studies, and/or intercultural communication. The award is presented in recognition of Professor Mikelonis’s leadership, commitment, and her tremendous contributions to the University of Minnesota with the hope that the student will continue to build on Professor Mikelonis’s work.

Victoria Mikelonis

Professor Victoria Mikelonis is fondly remembered by her colleagues, students, friends, and family for her profound commitment to scientific and technical communication and rhetorical studies. She was a faculty member in the former Department of Rhetoric from 1980 until her death in 2007.

Vickie served in many roles over the years, but always with an eye toward challenging and encouraging her students. Her work is defined by her keen interest in the role of rhetoric in drawing people together across cultures and national boundaries.

Vickie’s deep dedication to her students was most evident in her years as director of the department’s scientific & technical communication undergraduate program (now known as the technical writing & communication undergraduate program) and her leadership in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) student chapter.

2016-17 Application Deadline: November 18, 2016

Value: $200

Applicants for this award:

  • must be technical writing & communication majors.
  • must be a registered student at the University of Minnesota.

Funds will be awarded fall semester. If the recipient of the award currently receives financial aid through the University of Minnesota, the award will be applied toward the student’s financial aid.


To apply for this award, send the following materials to

  1. A letter expressing your interest and goals in technical writing and communication (maximum length of one page).
  2. An unofficial copy of your transcript.

Please include “Mikelonis Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. If you would prefer to submit your application materials in person, you may submit them to the main office.

The winning student will be asked to write a thank you letter explaining how the funds will be used to support his or her education. (Suggested uses are books and a membership in the STC student chapter.) This letter will be shared with everyone who donated to the Mikelonis fund.

Contact with any questions about the award.

Past recipients:

  • 2016: John Orzechowski
  • 2015: Matewos Gebrehiwet
  • 2014: Matewos Gebrehiwet
  • 2013: Christi Mastley
  • 2011: Kristin O'Connor