Yale MBA Student Awarded New Bank of America Scholarship Supporting U.S. Veterans
November 8, 2012, New Haven, Conn. — United States Army veteran Christopher Kennedy '13, an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management, has been named the school's inaugural Bank of America Scholar. The merit-based scholarship, which was funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, will be awarded annually to one or more honorably discharged U.S. veterans. It is the first endowed scholarship of its kind at the school.
Kennedy graduated in 2006 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was the team lead on the pommel horse and vault for the NCAA Division I gymnastics team. After West Point, he was commissioned as an armor officer in the United States Army. He served five years on active duty, with positions in Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq and at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He completed his active duty service at the rank of captain just prior to enrolling in Yale's full-time MBA program in the fall of 2011.
At the Yale School of Management, Kennedy is a leader of the Veterans Club, is active in the Finance and Hockey clubs, and serves as an admissions ambassador and interviewer. After earning his MBA, he plans to pursue corporate finance. He is from New Milford, Connecticut.
"Chris is a wonderful example of the veterans in our classrooms: a thoughtful, motivated leader," said Edward A. Snyder, dean of the Yale School of Management. "I am grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for endowing this scholarship, which will help us attract and support more veterans."
Brigadier General (Retired) Thomas Kolditz, professor in the practice of leadership and management and director of the Leadership Development Program at Yale SOM, added: "Chris Kennedy is the real deal. With his West Point education and the superb leadership skills he honed as an Army officer, Chris characterizes the high potential vet. As a Bank of America Scholar, Chris is thriving in the leadership and management educational experience afforded to all MBA students at Yale."
"No single gift or expression of thanks is ever enough to honor the service given to our country by the men and women of the armed forces," said Bill Tommins, southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. "Through this partnership, veterans like Chris will be given the opportunity to bring the leadership and dedication learned through the military to board rooms in Connecticut and beyond."
If a veteran candidate is not available to receive the scholarship in a given year, preference will be given to a student who worked in the nonprofit sector prior to studying at the school.
Supporting the U.S. military has been a focus of Bank of America for more than 90 years, including its contributions to military-focused charitable organizations, efforts to recruit and retain military service members and veterans, and its differentiated banking services for military service members. Bank of America honors the sacrifices that military men and women make in serving our country through its efforts to support military service members—as employees, as customers, and as important members of its communities.