Whitmore Scholarship

Whitmore Scholarship

The objective of the Whitmore Scholarship program is to provide financial support to undergraduate business majors and minors who have a strong interest in and commitment to international business.

All undergraduate students enrolled in the Global Management Certificate program are eligible to apply for the Whitmore Scholarships. These scholarships are intended to be used toward an international business experience such as, but not limited to, study abroad programs, student exchange programs, international projects, and international internships, that will fulfill the experience requirement of the Global Management Certificate.

The Whitmore Scholarship is focused in three regions:

  • Whitmore Asia Scholarship: For students in the Business Asia Study Abroad program, XISU Exchange Program, or any other international project or internship in the Asia region (including the Global Business Study Abroad)
  • Whitmore Europe Scholarship: For students in the Business Europe Study Abroad program, CIMBA Italy Study Abroad program, Pforzheim Exchange Program, Portugal Exchange Program, France Exchange Program, or any other international project or internship in the Europe region  (including the Global Business Study Abroad)
  • Whitmore Latin America Scholarship: For students in FGV Exchange Program, ITESM Exchange Program, or any other international project or internship in the Latin America region

The factors that the committee will consider during the selection process are:

  • Academic standing in the undergraduate program (GPA).
  • Second language fluency.
  • Registration for the Global Management Certificate, which is the highest level of international business academic qualification for our students.
  • Desire to pursue a career in business with a focus in international business.

Application Process

Students are requested to submit an application form to be selected as a Whitmore Scholarship recipient. The application form should be submitted to the Kay and Yvonne Whitmore Global Management Center by the deadline listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. Application forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered in the selection process. Applications will be reviewed by the committee. Once the final selection is made, the Whitmore Scholarship recipients will be announced.

Whitmore Scholarship Amount

Students will be awarded up to $1,000 (spring or summer terms) and up to $2,000 (fall or winter semesters) toward an international experience. Amounts may vary depending upon students Global Management Certificate registration status.

Kay Whitmore

To the business world, Kay Whitmore (1932–2004) was recognized as a capable leader and conscientious citizen. Yvonne Whitmore says that education, scouting, and a desire to make the community better were some of her husband's top priorities. Kay had a firm belief that everyone needed a good education—his whole life he encouraged strangers and friends to learn as much as possible.

Kay took an active role in furthering education. He helped develop Rochester Brainpower, a coalition of business aimed to improve the quality of education in public schools. The organization garnered recognition from President George H. W. Bush, and it was also the subject of an in-depth education series in U.S. News & World Report in 1988.

His dedication to education caused him to receive national recognition. In 1987, Kay addressed the National Forum for Youth at Risk in Washington, D.C. In 1991, Kay was appointed by President Bush to the board of directors to run the New American Schools Development Corp., a school-improvement association that focused on business aiding public school improvements. Kay was also chair of the National Action Council of Minority Engineers from 1978 to 1990, which helped minority students become engineers.