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AOE introduces fellowship for students of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program

Launched in conjunction with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation, Advancing Organizational Excellence (AOE) has announced the establishment of the AOE Fellowship.

The AOE Fellowship honors Wendy O. Ward, a member of the AOE team for more than 10 years. She passed away at the early age of 32 from breast cancer. During her career, she was known throughout the concrete industry as a leading expert in helping organizations with their marketing and sales efforts. She was an advocate for broadening career opportunities in the concrete industry.

The educational stipend is available to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree as part of the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program. First preference will be given to students interested in the sales/marketing, association management or the business side of the concrete industry.

“As a long-time supporter of both ACIF and the CIM program, AOE is excited to launch this fellowship,” said Kimberly Kayler, AOE President. “AOE is proud to re-invest back in the markets we serve and this fellowship is an example of supporting the future of our industry. The fellowship also allows us to pay tribute Wendy Ward, a true industry steward.”

“AOE has been a tremendous partner for the CIM program and the fellowship is an example of their commitment to the industry,” said CIM Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher. “The fellowship will help ensure students are able to continue their education and fulfill their dream of working in the concrete industry. To help us fulfill our mission of advancing the industry by degrees and to ensure we continue to develop the future leaders for the concrete industry, we count on leadership from organizations like AOE. We appreciate their ongoing support and leadership.”

The next application cycle will open on July 1, 2021. Visit to learn more and to apply.


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