Pioneering Women in Business Scholarship at Michigan Tech - Support Female Students in Business!

Institution: Michigan Technological University
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Why This Project Is Important 

The Pioneering Women in Business Scholarship is a great opportunity for women studying in the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Technological University. 

Recipients of the Pioneering Women in Business (PWB) Scholarship are leaders in and out of the classroom. The scholarship supports female leaders who embrace hard work and embody strong ethics. The program helps students focus on their studies by offering financial support as well as mentoring from successful School of Business and Economics alumnae.

The program was founded in 2014 through a partnership with President Glenn Mroz, Gene Klippel, former Dean of the School of Business and Economics and the generosity of alumni David and Joyce Lyth.

For more information on the PWB program, click here:

Additional background on David and Joyce can be reviewed here:


Project Description 

The Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics and Office of Advancement seeks funding to grow and sustain this scholarship. Partner with us to cultivate the next generation of bright, motivated, female business leaders who will create the future. All gifts are welcome, however, if you wish to create large, incredible opportunities for women at Michigan Tech through your own named endowment, call us at 906-487-3325 or visit

Meet the Researchers

Dean Johnson

Dr. Johnson is the Founding Director of the Applied Portfolio Management Program. This unique class allows students to manage over $1 million in the financial markets. Three times this program has won the international investment competition at the R.I.S.E. Conference. In recognition of their success, Dr. Johnson and his students opened the Nasdaq Stock Exchange and were featured on national television and in Business Week. Dr. Johnson has been awarded the Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan (PCSUM), twice the MTU Distinguished Teaching Award, the SBE Outstanding Teaching Award, the SBE Innovative Teaching Award, and has been nominated for the MTU Innovative Teaching Award and the U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

David Lyth

After earning his B.S. degree from Michigan Technological University, Dr. David M. Lyth worked as a quality control manager for a heavy metal fabricator and a healthcare equipment manufacturer. During that time, he was certified as a quality engineer by the American Society for Quality Control. He received an M.S. from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. in production and operations management from Michigan State University. Dr. Lyth completed ISO-9000 lead assessor training and worked with four firms as they achieved registration. His research has focused on the relationship of service quality to a variety of issues, including organizational culture and system design, ISO-9000 implementation, and supply chain management. Dr. Lyth is co-founder and co-director of WMU’s engineering management research laboratory. He is the editor-in-chief of Quality Engineering, one of the top journals in the quality field.

William Roberts

Dr. Roberts currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Michigan Technological University. Bill is entering into his 14th year at Michigan Tech and currently oversees operations, planning and budgeting for both the fundraising and alumni initiatives at Michigan Technological University. Prior to Bill’s work in Advancement and Alumni, he held several positions in both Admissions and Financial Aid offices at Michigan Tech. He was the Director of Financial Aid, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid, Associate Director of Admissions and Campus Visit Coordinator. Bill has a BS in Public Administration and Master’s degree in Public Administration both from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Additionally, Dr. Roberts holds a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University in Fort Collins Colorado. Bill is currently a member of CASE and has been a member of NASFAA, MASFAA, MSFAA, MACRO, NASPA and NACAC.

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David Dilts  November 9, 2016 - 1:44pm
This is an outstanding program, honoring an outstanding woman. Joyce was a pioneer in so many ways, which makes it great that her legacy continues on in this way!
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Superior Ideas  November 10, 2016 - 9:26am
Thank you for sharing your thoughts! It is an outstanding program, please help spread the word!

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What Your Donation Can Help Us Do: 

  • Individual donations are needed to help more first generation female college students in their ambitious endeavors. The proceeds will be placed in a scholarship fund that supports female leaders who embrace hard work and embody strong ethics. We will report back to donors on the impact that their donation is making to Michigan Tech and the field of business.
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