Dual Degree Grad Student Scores Second Scholarship


Andrew Lim

Andrew Lim

Andrew Lim, a Naveen Jindal School of Management student pursuing dual MBA and MS in Healthcare Management degrees, recently received a $5,000 scholarship from the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship is awarded annually to minority students based on a competitive application process.

Lim received the news while visiting his family in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I was very excited and asking myself, ‘Is this for real?’ ” Lim says. “It was a double dose of happiness because I was home with my family when I received the email.”

This is Lim’s second scholarship since he began attending UT Dallas. He earlier received a $1,000 scholarship from the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Lim also was a member of the Jindal School team that placed first at the annual North Texas Chapter of ACHE student case study competition last fall. The team received $3,000, as well as having their ACHE membership fees waived for the year.

Lim is unsure whether his team’s win in ACHE’s fall competition played any part in his winning the recent scholarship, but he is guessing it didn’t hurt. “It may have added to my exposure. The panel may have said, ‘This kid is involved in our local chapter, so he’s very serious about this.’ But I don’t really know.”

With plans to graduate in December, Lim hopes to next land a position in an administrative fellowship program at a major U.S. hospital. The programs, which vary from a year to two in length, expose young healthcare professionals to the inner workings of large integrated healthcare systems through observation, interaction and hands-on work with senior administrative and clinical leadership.

“Andrew is an exceptional student,” says MS in Healthcare Management Program Director Dr. Forney Fleming. “In addition to academic excellence, he exhibits leadership skills and a sterling work ethic. He will have a rapid rise to the top in his career field.”

Lim received his undergraduate degree in China but wanted to return to the United States for further studies, as he was born in Dallas. He found the healthcare management program in the Jindal School to be a perfect fit, he says.