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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Walsh College Establishes an Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Outgoing President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron

When Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron retires from her position at the College in April, she will leave behind a legacy of leadership, integrity, and devotion to the students, alumni, faculty, and staff at the College.

Her sharp business acumen, and her ability to implement current educational needs and anticipate future employment trends has guided the College’s mission since she assumed the role of president in January of 2007.

To pay tribute to all Bergeron has accomplished during her tenure, College trustees, foundation directors, alumni, and other friends of the College have established the Stephanie W. Bergeron Endowed Scholarship. The initial gift that created the scholarship and propelled the tribute campaign was from College trustee William C. Roney and his wife, Joanne.

Unlike most endowed scholarships, which traditionally place specifications on eligibility, such as a particular field of study, this scholarship will be awarded at the College president’s discretion — wherever the need is the greatest. Initial contributions to the scholarship exceed $200,000. The hope is to continually grow the endowment through future contributions in an effort to help more deserving business students fulfill their educational aspirations.

“Stephanie’s tenure at Walsh College is marked by her sincere and total dedication to students,” said Audrey Olmstead, Walsh College vice president and chief development officer. “There truly is no better way to honor Stephanie for all that she has done for the College and the community than to contribute to the scholarship that will benefit deserving students in perpetuity.”

The scholarship fund will be managed by the board of trustees of the College in accordance with the College’s investment and disbursement policies.

Bergeron has presided over a host of major initiatives during her Walsh tenure, including the opening of the Jeffery W. Barry Center in 2008; the introduction of the dual degree program with the MBA/Master of Science in Finance (2009); the Take Charge skills-training workshop program for displaced workers offered during the recession (2009-10); the Walsh College LaunchPad for aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs (2010); Entrepreneur-YOU, a program providing local women with tools and knowledge for entrepreneurship (2012); the Driving Aspirations campaign, which raised more than $5 million for scholarships (2012); the addition of an award-winning Finance Lab at the College (2013); the implementation of three additional dual degrees, the MBA/MSM, the MBA/MSMKT, and the MBA/MSITL (2014); and the completion of a $15 million renovation of the Troy campus that includes the Executive Success Center and a state-of-the-art Cyber Lab (2016).

Bergeron has also personally contributed to Walsh College’s success with the creation of a conference room in the faculty area, a green roof in the new construction at the Troy campus, and by creating an endowed scholarship named for her mother.

For more on the Stephanie W. Bergeron Endowed Scholarship, visit www.walshcollege.edu/scholarships.