MILWAUKEE, WI — ASQ has awarded its Richard A. Freund International Scholarship to Richard Lu, who is pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management at California Polytechnic State University-Pomona.

Lu, of Riverside, Calif., was awarded the $5,000 scholarship, which is named after a past ASQ president and supports a quality professional’s graduate studies.

In addition to his studies, Lu is an engineer for the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, which engineers, builds, buys and maintains ships, submarines and combat systems.

“The high level of quality that is expected in the modern world is too often taken for granted,” Lu said. “This scholarship will help me finish my master’s program so I can further develop and influence the importance of quality to others. I am very grateful and excited for the opportunities this scholarship provides to me.”

Chuck Aubrey, Freund Scholarship committee chair and ASQ past chair, said Lu’s work experiences and academic success make him deserving of the scholarship.

“His passion for quality, and his desire to promote quality, is apparent in his attention to detail and excellent work ethics in his studies and work experience,” Aubrey said. “This scholarship will help Richard continue his studies and impact the quality profession.”

About the Freund Scholarship

The Richard A. Freund International Scholarship honors the memory of Richard A. Freund, a past president of ASQ (1972–73). Freund was recognized internationally for his contributions to quality, international goodwill and tireless scholarship. Awarded since 1994, the scholarship supports a candidate’s graduate study of the theory and application of quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement and total quality management. It covers the engineering, statistical, managerial and behavioral foundations of those fields. The scholarship is offered to ASQ members and nonmembers worldwide. For more information about the scholarship, visit