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Steven Skinner Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Steven Skinner Endowed Scholarship Fund

About the Scholarship Fund

Thanks to a generous donation from Cognizant, the NBMBAA® has established the Steven Skinner Endowed Scholarship Fund. As this is an endowed scholarship, the fund will award at least one scholarship each year in perpetuity to a qualified MBA student. In this, our inaugural year of 2022, we will award one scholarship of $3000 to go towards tuition.

The scholarship recipient will be announced during our 44th Annual Conference on Wednesday September 28th at our Collegiate Reception. Students who are planning to attend the conference are encouraged to apply.

About Steven Skinner

Steven Skinner was a leading executive with Cognizant who passed away in 2019. Steven’s exceptional business career encompassed executive positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including his last role at Cognizant as Senior Vice President, Global Digital Transformation Consulting. Among his many career accomplishments, he was named as Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants in 2015, received the Cognizant CEO Leadership Award, the IBM Golden Circle Award, and the Monmouth College Hall of Achievement Award.

A native of Monmouth, IL, Steven was inducted as a midshipman to the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Navy Men’s Basketball Team. After graduating with an economics degree from the Naval Academy, Steven spent 16 years in the United States Navy; the first five on active duty as the weapons officer onboard the USS Reuben James. Additionally, he spent 14 years as a Naval Reserve officer and was active as a Blue and Gold Officer essential in guiding young men and women to careers at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“Our family is grateful to Cognizant for establishing this endowed scholarship fund in Steven’s name,” said Lisa Skinner, Steven’s wife. “He was a first-generation college and MBA graduate. He believed a good MBA program gave students access to a business network, which most minorities don’t have the privilege to get elsewhere. Steven’s retirement dream to become a college professor and share his life experience as a business leader to a new generation was never fulfilled. Thanks to Cognizant, this endowed scholarship will ensure that Steven’s dream to make an impact on future generations of business leaders is realized and everlasting.”

“I try to emulate what I learned from Steven. I want my team to work hard and make deeper connections with each other. Just as he cared deeply about my family, my career growth and my success within the organization, I do the same for my team,” said John McVay, Head of Digital Experience for the Americas at Cognizant.

“It is our privilege to honor Steven’s memory with this scholarship fund,” said Shameka Young, Global Head, Cognizant Diversity & Inclusion. “With this endowment, we can ensure that his legacy of leadership, mentoring, and community involvement lives on in young and talented professionals.”

“Steven Skinner led a life that inspired so many people,” said Joe Handy, President and CEO of NBMBAA®. “It is through the generosity of Cognizant that his legacy can help more underserved young people across this country realize their own dreams of a better life.”

About Cognizant

Cognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we’re improving everyday life. See how at www.cognizant.com or @Cognizant.

Type

Scholarships will be available for graduate student members.

Amount

One scholarship to be awarded in 2022 at $3000; at least one scholarship will be awarded annually

Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must meet these criteria:

a. Members of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)

b. First-generation MBA or Graduate Students working on business-focused degrees

c. Have at least two years of work experience

d. Are in good academic standing and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

e. Submit a current resume

Application Deadline

August 15th

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