Carlson Executive Education awarded ten scholarships in 2011 for small Minnesota-based companies or non-profit organizations. The scholarships were for 100% funding for one topic specific program (2-3 days in length), up to a maximum of $3,500. These scholarships must be used before December 30, 2012. The application deadline was December 9, 2011.
For over 40 years, Carlson Executive Education has been preparing leaders with the essential knowledge and skills to grow their business and become more competitive. The 2011 scholarship program offers assistance to small companies and non-profit organizations that need additional business knowledge to survive and thrive in the current tough economy. Our open enrollment programs explore a variety of topics including finance, marketing, operations, strategy, leadership and personal performance improvement. Learn more below.
Carlson Executive Education scholarships are intended for small companies or non-profits with fewer than 100 employees. Individual entrepreneurs may also apply. Scholarships will be awarded to those applicants who can best demonstrate the positive impact the scholarship will have upon their company or organization. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.
Bridging is a non-profit that provides families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives. Sara Sternberger, Executive Director, described how the "Leading Effective Change" program will help develop their institutional knowledge for innovation and change.
Convey Compliance Systems, Inc.
Convey Compliance Systems provides technology for tax information reporting and 1099 processing solutions. Karri Hermanson, Director of Human Resources, described how taking "The Art and Practice of Effective Coaching" program will help their managers move from simply good management to true leadership.
Coridian Technologies specializes in product identification and data collection solutions for manufacturing, warehouse/distribution and healthcare companies. Michael Cleary, President, hopes that the "MBA Essentials" program will help them build and implement a plan that will deliver results without endangering the business they have built over 16 years.
Dem-Con is a third generation, family owned company that provides disposal, recycling, processing, and transportation services for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Bill Keegan, Vice President, described how the "MBA Essentials" program will help their management develop the business strategy, language, and strategic thinking necessary to expand the business and continue to strive toward increased processing and recycling.
The Event Group
The Event Group is a full-service event production and marketing agency. Eileen Manning, CEO, described how the "MBA Essentials" program will help her explore opportunities to expand the business, strengthen her financial knowledge, and expand her international business skills.
JEM Technical is a family-owned manufacturer of custom hydraulic power systems. Andrea Tysdal, Vice President and General Manager, described how the "Creating a High-Performance Organization" program will give them the foundation to assess and develop strong teams, not only within their respective departments, but also as a company-wide leadership team.
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly is a non-profit that is committed to relieving the isolation and loneliness that often comes with aging while promoting the well-being and independence of older adults in the Twin Cities metro area. Marceil Luedtk, Development Director, described how the "Finance for Non-Financial Managers" program will help them connect their strategic goals to their finances and link business activity to cash flows, measure business activity, and conduct analysis.
Minnesota Online High School
Minnesota Online High School is a publicly-funded charter school serving part-time and full-time students in grades 9-12 across the state who because of medical conditions, special scheduling or learning needs can more fully engage with the learning process in an online environment. Ned Zimmerman-Bence, Executive Director, described how the "MBA Essentials" program will help them to defend their brand and evaluate the marketing plan, gain an introduction to international business, understand operations management, and build and lead teams to move their non-profit forward.
Primordial Soup, LLC
Primordial Soup is a product design and engineering resources consulting firm focused on the development of medical devices. Matthew Leyden, Principal, described how the "MBA Essentials" program could help him understand the business aspects of product development, knowledge which he could use to aid their company's clients.
W3i provides desktop and mobile app marketing solutions that enable developers to prosper using the free model. Shivani Khanna, Manager of Software Development, described how the "Creating & Executing Strategies" program will help her build a new product as an intraprenuer within the company.
"The greatest Christmas gift I got was opening that letter," says Wallis Cale, quality systems director at the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, a nonprofit organization that is one of the world's largest providers of corneas for transplant and ocular tissue for research.
That letter announced Cale as one of the ten inaugural winners of the 2010 Carlson Executive Education scholarship, a program designed to offer assistance to small companies, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs that need additional business knowledge to overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities. Cale, along with the other winners, received 100 percent funding for a Carlson Executive Education open enrollment program, a value of $3,500.
Cale's road to the scholarship started with the CEO of the Eye Bank prompting her to explore education options that would enhance her finance aptitude.
"Nonprofits today have to know the true cost of doing their nonprofit business,'" explains Cale. "I was asked to learn more about finance to ensure that when there were new surgery techniques coming along and we had to respond to changes happening, we could quickly see the costs."
She went online to the Carlson Executive Education website and discovered the perfect class: Finance for Non-Financial Managers. But what she also saw on the website was the opportunity for a scholarship.
"I thought, what a great fit. So I applied just keeping my fingers crossed," she says.
"Wallis wrote an inspiring and convincing application as to how the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank would benefit from her taking an Executive Education class," says Mark Kizilos, assistant dean of Carlson Executive Education. "It was exactly the kind of applicant we intended for this scholarship and we were pleased to have Wallis attend one of our classes on a full scholarship."
Cale was pleased as well, as she found exactly what she was seeking to gain--finance experience.
"[The instructors] made it very clear to me that, Oh my gosh, this isn't as tough as I thought it was," she says. "They gave us tools as well--spreadsheets to step us through how we evaluate a project and how we get down to exactly the cost of everything, how we understand exactly where the money is coming from and how it's going to be spent. I have a lot more confidence that I can do these things."
Back at her office, Cale has been an advocate for Carlson Executive Education.
"Carlson has a reputation and it's justified. I've been telling everybody here to look to see what courses are offered and apply, because it was just wonderful."
Those who do might also be able to receive a scholarship as Carlson Executive Education is re-launching the program for 2011. Minnesota small companies, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs can apply by articulating how they could overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities by attending a Carlson Executive Education open enrollment program. Carlson Executive Education will again award ten scholarships for up to $3,500 for one program registration.
To apply, please visit the Carlson Executive Education scholarship website.
When Franco Cusipag was looking to further his education, he turned to the Carlson Executive Education website to review courses. He knew that the programs offered targeted subject matter from top instructors all in a compressed amount of time. When he noticed the scholarship opportunity, his interest was piqued even further.
"We're a small, growing company; so funds are limited," says Cusipag, the VP of finance at NetGain Technology, a healthcare information technology provider based in St. Cloud, Minn. "I came across the scholarship and I knew that if I were to get that, it would be easier for management to support me taking a course. So I applied."
To Cusipag's delight, he in fact did get the scholarship and joined nine others as inaugural winners of the 2010 Carlson Executive Education scholarship, a program designed to offer assistance to small companies and nonprofit organizations that need additional business knowledge to survive and thrive in the current tough economy.
"It was one of my prouder days as an employee, as an academic, as a person," Cusipag says of receiving his scholarship award letter. "I showed it to our CEO right away and got excited."
Cusipag, a University alum, opted to utilize his scholarship toward Mergers & Acquisitions - Creating Shareholder Value, a topic he says is very active in the medical technology field.
"I was fairly excited going in, especially knowing the subject matter was exactly what I needed," he says. "I was pleasantly surprised by the people that attended it. They've got a great mix of people with different perspectives. They had venture capitalists, they had strategists, they had the right industry experience and it made for good discussion.
"I know that the experience was unique and valuable. I got to meet a lot of great people, stayed connected with a handful, and will probably be doing business with some of them."
Mark Kizilos, assistant dean of Carlson Executive Education, says he's very pleased that the scholarship has helped so many Minnesota-based companies.
"Just seeing how this scholarship has opened up opportunities for Franco and the other nine winners is very rewarding," Kizilos says. "Our hope is that this educational opportunity will not only help grow the winners' businesses, but, in turn, the Minnesota economy as well."
Scholarship or no scholarship, Cusipag says that the education he received is well worth the price of a Carlson Executive Education course.
"I would have paid for it, in hindsight, because of the value that I got out of it," he says. "If someone is thinking about continuing their education, consider Carlson Executive Education. It's well-run, it's organized, and I think the quality is outstanding."
Those who are considering continuing their education might be able to do so with the help of a scholarship as Carlson Executive Education has re-launched the program for 2011. Minnesota small companies and nonprofit organizations can apply by articulating how attending a Carlson Executive Education open enrollment program will enable them to overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities. Carlson Executive Education will again award 10 scholarships for up to $3,500 for one program registration.