The award honors five outstanding faculty members each year with a $10,000 stipend.
Each professor received $10,000.
The award was presented by Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Commerce Bank CEO Teresa Maledy, who gave Rodgers a $10,000 check as part of the fellowship.
Berkley Hudson, Trisha Strauch, Rachel Harper, Elisa Glick and Nicole Monnier presented with $10,000 awards.
One award remains to be given to a yet announced recipient.
MU associate professor Stephen Ball was the first of five recipients of this year’s fellowship.