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UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Awards Inaugural $10,000 Dean’s Scholarships

Students in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program at the Haas School of Business can now qualify for a one-year, $10,000 award as part of the new Dean’s Scholarship program. Through the program, scholarships are awarded to admitted students who demonstrate a commitment to ethnic diversity or to shaping the role of women in business, who diversify the program by bringing perspectives from outside the Bay area or who come from industries under-represented in the program, the school announced.

This year’s entering class in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program includes seven recipients of the new Dean’s Scholarship: Dino Boukouris, Nicholas Caldwell, Ashkon Jafari, Brian Lee, Stephen Seiple, Eugene Shapiro and Susan Truong. They come from fields including real estate, consumer packaged goods, financial services, defense and entrepreneurship. All but one of this year’s recipients came from outside the Bay Area.

Caldwell and Truong received the scholarship, in part, for their commitment to ethnic and gender diversity, the school reports. Caldwell, a principal development manager at Microsoft in Seattle who commutes to Haas on Saturdays, has worked to promote diversity through his involvement with Blacks at Microsoft, Blacks at MIT and the National Society of Black Engineers, involvement he says will allow him to attract underrepresented minorities to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Truong, a lease contracting officer with the U.S. General Services Administration in Southern California, has found that women are a minority in commercial real estate and has sought to serve as a mentor and role model to new interns. The decision to choose Haas over UCLA and USC was difficult and involved a transfer to her company’s San Francisco office, but the strength of Haas’ real estate, entrepreneurial and consulting programs propelled her forward.

“We are very pleased to have this new scholarship as a way to continue to build diversity in the program,” Marjorie DeGraca, executive director of Part-time Berkeley MBA Admissions, said in a statement. She helped develop the new program last year, which is named in honor of Haas Dean Rich Lyons.

For additional information on scholarships available at the Haas School, including a $10,000 Nonprofit/Public Service Scholarship and the need-based $10,000 Ronald Shapansky Scholarship, click here.

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