The Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester is again partnering with Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) to offer scholarships to 10 dynamic managers at small- to mid-size local firms and nonprofit organizations wishing to pursue an executive M.B.A. degree. GRE is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth.
The GRE Scholarships, available to applicants for the Simon School's Executive M.B.A. Program starting in September 2006, will provide 50 percent scholarships to qualified individuals who live and work in the greater Rochester area.
"We are pleased to continue this partnership with a world-class institution like the Simon School," says Dennis Mullen, GRE interim president and C.E.O. "These scholarships address one of GRE's key strategies which is to support entrepreneurial companies as they cultivate local leadership to foster economic prosperity in this region."
Simon School Dean Mark Zupan says that the collaboration will continue to have a positive impact on the Rochester business community. "This partnership is about people," says Zupan. "Economic development in Rochester and beyond depends on nurturing the creativity that flows from bright, committed individuals. These scholarships are a wise investment in the prosperity of our region."
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks agrees. "I applaud the University of Rochester's Simon School and GRE for partnering together in an effort to help retain executive talent in our community and enable more individuals to pursue an M.B.A.," says Brooks. "Monroe County is proud to support this scholarship program which is a vital component of our economic development efforts."
Lisa Altman, a member of the Simon Executive M.B.A. Class of 2006, credits her GRE Scholarship for giving her the opportunity to earn an M.B.A. now rather than having to wait and attempt to study part time. "Even after 11 years of working in a closely held business, the Simon School has opened up new horizons and perspectives for me and our company," says Altman, vice president, Computer Rentals of America. "The future is unlimited, and I have lots of options that I never even thought about before."
Scholarship recipients must meet Simon School standard admissions criteria as well as GRE guidelines and requirements. The application deadline for fall 2006 admission is June 1, 2006. Recipients will be selected and notified in early June 2006. For further information, visit www.simon.rochester.edu/emba, or contact Syed Ahmed Mustafa, Simon School director of corporate relations: academic program recruiting at (585) 275-3439 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Simon School prides itself as the place Where Thinkers Become Leaders and is currently ranked among the leading graduate business schools in the world in rankings published by the popular press, including BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Forbes. For example, in the most recent Business Week poll, the Simon School was ranked among the top 30 business schools in the United States. The Financial Times recently rated the School 4th in the world in both finance and managerial economics. More information about the Simon School is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.simon.rochester.edu.
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. GRE will collaborate with business, academia, not-for-profit organizations and government to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development efforts.
Charla Stevens Kucko, (585) 273-4806
Syed Ahmed Mustafa, (585) 275-3439