The Farmer School of Business at Miami University announced this week the receipt of a $200,000 gift from Schneider Electric. The funds will be used to support the school’s study abroad program through the creation of a new Schneider Electric International Scholars Endowment Fund.
Christopher B. Curtis, CEO and president of Schneider Electric in North America and member of the school’s Business Advisory Council, spearheaded the initiative.
“Being part of a global company, our team feels strongly that each business student should have the opportunity to benefit from an international experience,” Curtis stated. “The perspectives these students gain while studying abroad will have a demonstrable impact on their leadership qualities and global perspectives. The Farmer School of Business offers unparalleled business education; we want to help cultivate global business experience.”
The gift will be divided between the newly formed Schneider Electric Endowment Fund and a short-term scholarship fund that will provide immediate financial assistance to students until the gift has been received in full.
“We are thrilled to have a partner like Schneider Electric,” Roger L. Jenkins, dean of the Farmer School, said. “This gift will provide tremendous opportunity to students who want to study abroad but don’t have the necessary resources.”
Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries. The company’s North American headquarters is in Chicago. Currently, the company is working with Miami University to develop a campus-wide green enterprise plan.
The Schneider Electric gift also supports the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor, a $500 million initiative supporting scholarships, faculty, student-learning opportunities, academic programs, and facilities and grounds.