Dean's Update, Spring 2015

Scholarships Continue to Expand and Now Include Funding for Study Abroad


CBA provides funding directly to students in the form of scholarships each year. With the support from alumni, corporations, faculty and friends of the college, we will again award over $280,000 in scholarships to our students. 

This year, scholarships range from $500 – $5,000 and will support 136 students. The average award is over $2,000 and provides funding for undergraduate, graduate, need and non-need based students, and the diversity of the recipients reflects the diversity of CBA. This support is greatly needed due to the fact that many of our students work at least 20 hours a week to pay for college expenses and commute to campus.  They work tirelessly, with limited resources, to meet our academic expectations and fulfill their financial and familial obligations.

A number of new scholarships were added this year, including one for students studying abroad. The Pitts Family Study Abroad Scholarship was created by a donor that has a passion for helping students and understands the growing need for financial support. Mr. Robert Pitts, a 1970 alumnus and 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, has provided two awards of $4,700 each. These awards will support students who take a semester or longer to study abroad. Mr. Pitts witnessed his own children have “a transformative experience overseas” when they were studying abroad and feels compelled to help others have that same opportunity. He has pledged to continue this support for the next five years with future plans of creating a permanent endowment. The two students receiving the scholarship this year are Maribel Francisco, an International Business major (senior) who will graduate in fall 2015, and Tuong Lee, an Accounting major (junior) who will graduate in spring 2016.

CBA understands the importance of sending students abroad and plans have been made to expand study abroad opportunities. We are working closely with the university’s Center for International Education, which has established relationships with institutions throughout the world that provide international study opportunities. With the “lead gift” from the Pitts Family, CBA is making strides in getting more students to study abroad and attracting more donors to support these transformational student experiences.