Executive MBA Scholarship Fund Established

KENNESAW‚ Ga. — A new scholarship is available at Kennesaw State University for qualified‚ high…

Georgia (Apr 6, 2007) — Executive MBA Scholarship Fund Established

Terri Thornton


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Frances Weyand Harrison

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. — A new scholarship is available at Kennesaw State University for qualified‚ high−potential managers seeking a graduate degree in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at the Coles College of Business. The Gus George Maroun EMBA Scholarship Fund is unique because it not only benefits the individuals receiving the scholarship‚ but it also enhances the community as a whole.

“The scholarship is intended for prospective Coles EMBA students who currently hold influential leadership positions in community service organizations such as executives of not−for−profit organizations or primary and secondary educational institutions‚” said Mike Salvador‚ Chair of the Department of Leadership and Professional Development at the Coles College of Business. “By opening the scholarship up to influential leaders in community service organizations‚ we are able to equip these leaders with an advanced business education that will allow them to more effectively manage their organization‚ and‚ in turn‚ their organization can better serve the community.”

The scholarship is named after Gus George Maroun‚ a 2001 Coles EMBA alumni‚ in honor of his continual support and active involvement at the university. It is funded by a $100‚000 donation from the John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation‚ which strives to support education. A $25‚000 scholarship will be awarded to one incoming Coles EMBA student a year for four years.

Maroun‚ a native of Lebanon‚ came to the United States 25 years ago to pursue higher education. He is currently a corporate account manager for the Fortune 500company Ecolab Inc.‚ which is the global leader in cleaning‚ sanitizing‚ food safety and infection control products and services. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to the foodservice‚ food and beverage processing‚ healthcare‚ and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. He has worked for Ecolab for six years‚ and his EMBA degree has played a vital role in furthering his career. As an EMBA graduate‚ Maroun has advanced within his company and is now actively involved in international business.

“The impact the EMBA program has had on my life is profound. The internationally−focused program is what attracted me to Kennesaw State‚ and my degree has really enhanced my career‚” said Maroun. “The world has developed into a global marketplace‚ and the Coles EMBA program at KSU fits right in with this shift.”

A committee of two Coles EMBA alumni and two Coles EMBA faculty will be chosen to evaluate scholarship applications and select a recipient. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2008.

“The business acumen‚ strategy and leadership taught in the Coles EMBA program is exactly what professionals need to take back to their workplace and use in a way to enhance the goods and services they provide to the community‚” said Mandy Brooks‚ Director of Marketing‚ Admissions and Alumni Affairs for the Executive MBA Program. “We are extremely proud of the creation of this scholarship. Gus Maroun’s devotion to the Coles EMBA program and the community is evident in his career‚ family and service.”

Maroun sees this scholarship fund as an opportunity to be a role model‚ not only to his family members and three kids‚ but also to society as a whole.

“When you acquire knowledge and receive something‚ you always want to give back. By helping others achieve their dreams‚ I hope that they too will someday give back and help someone else‚” said Maroun. “It’s all about leading by example.”


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu