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School of Business & Society announces scholarships to support women of color

In keeping with its commitment to providing an affordable and valuable business education, the University of Redlands School of Business & Society is launching two scholarships that encourage women of color to pursue Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) or Master of Business Administration with Location Analytics concentration (MBA-LA) degrees. 

The two scholarships include the Esri UR Women of Color Analytics Scholarship, which requires that applicants be a woman of color, and the Esri UR Merit Analytics Scholarship, which requires an undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.5. Both scholarship applications require a statement describing how the degree program fits into their future career plans.  A total of $200,000 has been devoted to these scholarships, jointly supported by Esri and the University of Redlands.

School of Business & Society H. Jess and Donna Senecal Endowed Dean Thomas Horan noted that “the two scholarships are quite complementary. The Women of Color Scholarship addresses a pressing need: while women represent nearly half of the U.S. workforce, they represent only 27% of the workforce in STEM-related fields. The Merit Scholarship provides a broader opportunity for our diverse pool of applicants to obtain these degrees. This is particularly relevant given that we have recently been designated a Hispanic Serving Institution and the majority of our students are first-generation for college education.”

Esri founder Jack Dangermond offered his full support for the scholarships. Headquartered in Redlands, Esri commands over 40 percent of the global GIS share and dedicates resources to support GIS career paths for people of color. The company’s GIS North Star initiative illuminates GIS career opportunities for people of color with the goal of increasing diversity in this growing field.

“One facet of Esri’s mission is the ability to envision and predict the problems of a complex world and its future, and that involves addressing issues of social inequity,” said Dangermond. “Doing that work also means investing in developing more problem solvers from all backgrounds, especially women of color, and providing them with the opportunity to enter a STEM field like geospatial technology.”

The School of Business & Society is accepting and evaluating scholarship applications on a rolling basis. Scholarship finalists must be admitted to the MSBA or MBA-LA program and will receive awards covering a minimum of $10,000 in tuition costs. There is no cost to apply for admission, and no cost to apply for the scholarships.

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