The Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to fund scholarships for the first cohort of students in the retooled St. Mary’s University’s Master of Business Administration Program, now known as the Greehey MBA.

The Alkek Foundation grant will provide full and partial scholarship support to students who are in the first cohort, which starts this fall. The new program is an 18-month, cohort-based program that incorporates advanced graduate-level academic preparation with a special emphasis on ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social entrepreneurship – topics that have become hallmarks of St. Mary’s and the Bill Greehey School of Business.

“Businesses are now realizing the need for leaders who have not only significant intellectual capital and sound academic preparation, but also a foundation in ethics, values and what it means to run a socially responsible and sustainable business in today’s complex global marketplace,” said Business School Dean Tanuja Singh, D.B.A. “The Alkek Foundation is a long-time supporter of St. Mary’s and the School of Business, and we appreciate this most recent contribution, which will significantly help students with both exceptional promise and financial need.”

Features of the Greehey MBA program include:

  • Small class sizes that allow personalized attention, one-on-one faculty interaction and the opportunity for peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Evening classes with a Values Lab held on selected Saturdays
  • Focus on developing advanced behavioral skills, such as conflict resolution, teamwork, personal branding, and innovation and creativity – skills that distinguish top performers in business
  • Modular overviews of essential business operational topics such as employee engagement, enterprise risk management and internal audit
  • A built-in, concentrated international field study experience that prepares students to engage in business with diverse cultures
  • A curriculum based on practical and applied experiential learning
  • A required internship or consultative practicum to provide real-world experience with for-profit, not-for-profit and nongovernmental organizations on-site, virtually, or both.

The Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation has given more than $2 million to St. Mary’s. Albert B. Alkek attended St. Mary’s and was a member of the Board of Trustees.

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