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Gifts that Made a Difference
Scholarship Gifts Drive Improvement in Full-Time MBA Program
Scholarship gifts for Eller’s full-time MBA students directly contribute to the college’s competitive advantage. Scholarships provide strong financial incentives to attract the best and brightest of tomorrow’s business leaders.
“When I decided to attend business school, I was working at a successful Internet company in Seattle, Washington,” says Lee Ann Christensen (MBA ’08). “Taking a break from my career in order to obtain an MBA was a major decision for me; not only was I giving up a steady salary, but I was leaving a company I’d worked with for five years in order to jump into the unknown.”
Christensen received a Burgess and Patricia Winter Scholarship to fund her education at Eller. “I cannot express how important my merit scholarship was to my decision-making process on which MBA program to attend,” she says. “I was accepted to all five schools to which I applied, but Eller was the only school that offered me such a generous scholarship. It convinced me of the school’s commitment to secure me as a student.”
The full-time MBA program has undergone major restructuring to enhance both the scope and the level of integration within the core curriculum. In addition, by strengthening the experiential learning opportunities for students, the academic experience is now market-centered and more academically rigorous. As a result, Eller MBA students graduate well-equipped to compete and succeed in a market that is increasingly dynamic, competitive, and global.
“Intensive research of target companies, field projects, internships, and international experience constitute some of the hands-on experience incorporated into the program’s core curriculum,” says MBA director and associate dean Brent Chrite. “Moreover, our small size allows us to customize the Eller experience to meet the needs of individual students’ career goals through a highly integrated approach to graduate management education.”
“I have been a long supporter of the Eller MBA program,” says Jay Geldmacher, president of Astec Power. “There are many ways to take active roles with Eller, in my case, I continually hire MBA interns every summer as well as hire full-time Eller grads when they graduate. I do this to support the Eller program, but my experience with the quality of the Eller students has made it easy for me to push the hiring of the students through the divisions I run for Emerson.”
If you are interested in more information about contributing to MBA scholarship funds, call 520.626.0052.