Keuka College has established a scholarship with an eye toward developing students of color as global business leaders.
The College will award up to five, $25,000 scholarships annually to U.S. students pursuing a Master of Science degree in management with a concentration in international business.
“This new scholarship fits well with the College’s commitment to diversity,” said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, president of the College.
Dr. Gary Smith, vice president for the Center for Professional Studies and International Programs, views the scholarship as “an excellent opportunity for Black/African American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students to develop the skills necessary to become leaders, from both a community and global perspective.”
While she agrees that the scholarship reinforces the College’s commitment to diversity, Director of Multicultural Affairs Chevanne DeVaney also believes it addresses a larger, national concern.
Students of color, she said, have made modest gains in attaining master’s degrees in recent years, but more improvement is needed.
“The enrollment in our M.S. in management with an international business concentration program is certainly diverse, with students from China, Vietnam, and other countries represented, but we hope this scholarship will encourage domestic students of color to pursue master’s degrees,” said DeVaney.
Recognizing that in today’s global economy, organizations require leaders who can effectively manage diverse groups of people and act with a global mindset, Keuka’s program teaches leadership, marketing, accounting, and finance in the context of international business. Students explore emerging trends in foreign markets and identify business opportunities.
The 10-month program features eight core management and four international business courses.
To qualify for the scholarship, students of color must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, hold a baccalaureate degree in any field, submit two letters of recommendation, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.