University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business Announces MBA Scholarship Program for Minorities

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business announced a new scholarship program targeting under-represented minorities. A total of 15 full-tuition scholarships – valued at $56,000 each at current tuition rates – will be awarded to improve access to the Full-time UST MBA Program and ensure a diverse learning environment for students. The new program, open to U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents who enroll in the two-year master’s degree beginning in Fall 2012, places an MBA education within financial reach for a broader segment of future leaders.

States Bill Woodson, assistant dean for MBA programs at St. Thomas, “Major employers tell us that the ability to collaborate effectively across differences in ethnicity and race as well as generational and gender diversity, is of greatest importance when hiring MBAs.”

Christopher Puto, Ph.D., dean and Opus Distinguished Chair of the Opus College of Business, adds, “Lack of access to merit-based scholarships can be a barrier to some students. These new scholarships allow us to attract the best and the brightest from all backgrounds, supporting our vision to be recognized for excellence in educating highly principled, global business leaders.”

The National Black MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA) and National Society for Hispanic MBAs, Inc. (NSHMBA) will serve as promotional partners for the new program. Undergraduate institutions, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to share this opportunity with their under-represented minority students and young professionals.

Interested candidates must submit an application by February 15, 2012, and may visit for more information. To obtain an information packet or learn more about the application process, they can contact the Full-time UST MBA Admissions office at or (651) 962-8800.

About the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business

With a vision to educate highly principled global business leaders, the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business offers undergraduate concentrations in 13 fields and master’s degrees in seven programs, including day and evening MBA programs.  The school enrolls another 4,300 participants annually in executive-education classes.

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 11/17/2011