BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Future undergraduate and graduate students in
the University at Buffalo School of Management will receive more
financial help in pursuing their degrees, thanks to a $1.2 million
endowment bequest established for undergraduate scholarships and
The donor, who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the
School of Management, wishes to remain anonymous. The donor grew up
in Buffalo and has provided for the school in her will, she said,
in gratitude for the education she received at the school. She
hopes the gift will encourage future students to pursue lifelong
learning as she has done.
UB President John Simpson praised the donor for providing
opportunities for UB students. "Scholarship support opens countless
doors for our students, creating valuable opportunities and
educational experiences that might not otherwise have been
possible. It's always particularly gratifying when this support
comes from former students who value their UB education so greatly
that they are committed to enabling future generations of students
to benefit from those opportunities, in turn."
The gift will fund scholarships for School of Management
students studying accounting at the undergraduate or master's
levels, or for MBA students choosing the accounting concentration.
Scholarship support for undergraduate students will begin in the
junior year or earlier. The scholarship will cover tuition and
books for all years required to complete a program.
John M. Thomas, dean of the UB School of Management, said the
bequest sends a valuable message about the importance of community
"This gift from a School of Management graduate," he said, "is
pivotal in demonstrating to our alumni, friends and corporate
partners how the funding of scholarships is vital to efforts by the
school and the university to actively recruit highly qualified
Susan Hamlen, associate professor and chair of the Accounting
and Law Department in the School of Management, commended the
foresight of the donor.
"Through her gift, our loyal alumna has set a tremendous
example that will enable deserving students to pursue an
intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding career,"
Hamlen noted. "We are most grateful."