The university offered some of its best students an opportunity to learn from established leaders through the new Hancock Leadership Scholarship Program.
Twenty-three students were accepted in the first cohort of the program, which is offered by the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and is partially funded by the Ellen M. and W. Jason Hancock Scholarship Fund.
The participants, who were selected based on academic background, leadership potential and extracurricular involvement, completed a 24-hour training program that included fundamental leadership, communication and conflict management.
Students then worked with mentors to develop individual, 40-hour applied leadership projects.
“We hope the students will become successful role models by learning more about leadership and management styles, fiscal and ethical responsibility, and communication and conflict management,” said Professor of Social Sciences Dr. R. Averell Manes. “These students will become the leaders of tomorrow in business, politics and the public sector.”
The scholarship recipients were honored at a dinner at the Ethan Allen Inn, where they sat down with Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors, who discussed inspiration with the students.
“I was working as an accountant when an acquaintance suggested I look for a job on Wall Street,” Kathwari said. “So I went there and walked into the first building I came to — One Wall Street. Thank goodness there was no security in those days, because I walked in and went down the hall and floor to floor asking for a job. On the 16th floor, I was offered a job.”