Winter Park, FL, October 11, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Crummer Graduate School of Business of Rollins College, the top-ranked MBA program in Florida according to Forbes and BusinessWeek, announced today the creation of the “Gene Apelado Scholarship.” The money will be used to enhance the school’s mission of offering its students experiential learning opportunities abroad.
Thanks to a generous donation from Gene Apelado, the president of AMAG, LLC, a prominent Internet marketing firm headquartered in Orlando, this scholarship is fully funded for five years.
“I felt it was important to support what is happening at Crummer,” said Apelado. “The private sector – private education partnership that exists in central Florida is something that needs to be nurtured.”
Rollins MBA courses with international travel components have recently brought students to Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
“Support from the central Florida business community is so important in ensuring that the greatest number of Rollins MBA students have the best opportunities for international experiential learning,” added Jim Johnson, Professor of International Business and Coordinator of Crummer’s global programs. “This scholarship has an immediate impact for the school and a life-long impact on the students, who might otherwise not have the financial resources to benefit from this opportunity.”
All Rollins MBA students have multiple opportunities to travel abroad while they are enrolled. And the school offers free courses for life to all graduates, so many students have taken courses with a travel component even after earning their MBA.
“I’ve known Gene for almost 15 years,” said Allen H. Kupetz, the executive in residence at Crummer and one of the faculty members that regularly takes students overseas. “As an engineer, an MBA, and a successful businessman, he really understands the correlation between education and building the kind community we all want in central Florida. We are truly grateful for his generous contribution.”