June 23, 2008

Neeley NSHMBA Members Awarded $55,000 in Scholarships

The Neeley School awarded scholarships to Tony Del Muro, Eva Graham and Amber Cancel, MBA students who are members of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.  Neeley initiated the scholarship program in 2004 in recognition of the long partnership between the school and the DFW Chapter National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

Since 2004, Neeley has funded more than $210,000 in scholarships to local NSHMBA members who are students here.

TCU is among NSHMBA's prestigious colleges in the University Partnership Program, an ongoing initiative between NSHMBA and universities where business schools such as Neeley team with NSHMBA to expand the financial assistance provided to Hispanic students.

Two annual scholarships totaling $35,000 were awarded to students in Neeley's full-time MBA program.  Tony del Muro, second-year student, was awarded a $20,000 annual scholarship.  He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and previously worked as a structural engineer with Carter & Burgess.  Eva Graham, who begins the program this fall, was awarded a $15,000 annual scholarship.  Eva holds a Bachelor of Music degree from West Texas A&M University, and has served as orchestra director for several schools since 1998, most recently at C.D. Fulkes Middle School in Round Rock, Texas.

An additional scholarship of $20,000 was awarded to Amber Cancel, a student in the Neeley School's Accelerated MBA Program.  The Accelerated MBA is a 12-month full-time program for students who are looking to move forward in their current or a closely related career field.  Cancel holds a BBA in finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio and serves as the owner/broker for Ventura Capital Mortgage. 

 "The goal of the scholarships is to attract highly qualified students to the Neeley School," said Peggy Conway, director of MBA Admissions.  "The scholarships also benefit NSHMBA by either recruiting a new member to the chapter or recognizing a current member."

"We are proud to have resources that allow us to reach out to the community to attract quality students," said Dr. Bill Cron, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.  "Last year, about 90 percent of our full-time MBA students attended on scholarship or graduate assistantships."

NSHMBA CEO Lourdes Hassler also agrees that by strengthening partnerships, universities such as  TCU help NSHMBA reach its objective of assisting Hispanics in their educational endeavors.

"Partnerships such as ours with TCU help NSHMBA fulfill our mission of increasing the Hispanic graduate rate," Hassler said. "TCU's support at the scholarship level, and also at the local level through its Professional Development effort, plays a vital role in reinforcing the much needed pipeline of Hispanic talent.  We have universities such as TCU, and people like Peggy Conway, to thank for their commitment."

Similar scholarships will be offered again for the 2009-10 academic year.  The application for admission and all supporting documents should be submitted by March 1, 2009.  The scholarship recipient will be announced by April 15, 2009. 

All necessary forms are available at www.mba.tcu.edu .  For more information about this scholarship, contact Peggy Conway, Director of MBA Admissions, at 817-257-7531 or p.conway@tcu.edu .


Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU