Wilkes University to Award Founders Scholarships to Undergrad Business Degree Program

Wilkes University Oct. 23, 2014

As a sign of its commitment to Mesa and the Greater Phoenix area, Wilkes University will award $5,000 scholarships to the first 30 qualified transfer students to be accepted and enroll in its business bachelor’s degree programs.  The Founders Scholarships, good for two years, build on a newly signed transfer agreement with the Maricopa Community Colleges and further the mission of both institutions to provide access to quality education at an affordable price.

Wilkes an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs – also is offering additional scholarships, making it among the most affordable colleges in the region. In addition to the Founders Scholarship, the following scholarships also are available for transfer students from Mesa and the surrounding region who are admitted and enroll:

  • $1,900 Maricopa Community College Transfer Scholarship awarded to admitted transfer students;
  • $1,000 Mesa Community College Honors Scholarship, awarded to up to five students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa; and
  • $5,000 Mesa Counts on College Scholarship awarded to four students who are Mesa residents.

Wilkes University Provost Anne Skleder said the Founders Scholarships reflect the tradition of providing access to educational opportunity that has been its mission. “Wilkes was founded to provide access to a college education to first-generation college students,” Skleder said. “We want to provide those same opportunities in Arizona. Wilkes is once again committed to providing opportunities for those seeking to improve their lives through education. These scholarships support that commitment.”

“These scholarships represent a great opportunity for 30 students and a real commitment from Wilkes University,” said Samuel Dosumu, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs at the Maricopa Community Colleges. “We are pleased to have Wilkes as one of our transfer partners.”

Wilkes will begin offering bachelor’s degrees in business in January 2015. Majors include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, and sports and event management.

For more information about transferring to Wilkes University’s business degree programs, contact transfer recruiter Ryan Hess by emailing Ryan.Hess@Wilkes.edu or (480) 878-4407.

Wilkes was one of four colleges invited to participate in the H.E.A.T. (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Technology/Tourism) Initiative for Economic Development in Mesa, designed to increase college opportunities and spur economic growth.  Wilkes began offering its MBA program in Mesa in 2013. Wilkes is located in the Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second St. in Mesa.

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