The KPMG Foundation announced August 5 that it has awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Alexandrian Genese Rogers as it marks the 15th anniversary of its Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship program.
The Foundation established the scholarship program in 1994 as part of its ongoing efforts to increase the number of minority students and professors in business schools and has since awarded $8.7 million to minorities pursuing doctorate degrees.
Rogers is among 39 minority doctoral students receiving a $10,000 scholarship, renewable annually for a total of five years.
I am so thankful and honored to receive the KPMG scholarship, Rogers said. This will provide me with the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a renowned accounting professor. Without this scholarship, I may not have been able to fulfill this lifelong dream.
Were proud of the achievements of our program over the last 15 years, and we have seen a healthy increase in the number of minority faculty members at our nations business schools, although more work needs to be done, said Bernard J. Milano, president of the KPMG Foundation and The PhD Project. Thats why we continue to award new scholarships each year and remain committed to our mission.
We congratulate Genese on her achievements, said Manny Fernandez, national managing partner of university relations and recruiting at KPMG LLP. Were pleased to see that many of these scholars who become business school professors also become mentors to younger generations of minority students and inspire them to pursue careers in business.
Together with The PhD Project, a related program with the mission to increase the diversity of the business school faculty, the Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship program has helped to more than triple the number of minority business professors in the U.S. since The PhD Project first began in 1994. Today there are 985 minority business school professors teaching in the United States. Nearly 400 minority students are currently enrolled in business doctoral programs.