Since its founding in 2009, the Schottland Scholars program in the School of Business has come to embody the best attributes of the College of Charleston: high-achieving students and alumni, dedicated and accomplished professors and selfless community mentors.
A new gift from one of the Schottland program’s most ardent supporters will help ensure these qualities endure long into the future.
Bill Finn, a Schottland Scholars mentor and a member of the School of Business Board of Governors, recently announced a gift of $50,000 to the Schottland Programs Endowment. His gift will permanently name one of the 10 Schottland Scholars in honor of Carrie Messal, founding director of the Schottland Scholars Program.
Messal is an associate professor of management in the Department of
Management and Entrepreneurship. She joined the School of Business in 2007.
“We are now confident that as long as there is a College of Charleston, there will be a Schottland Scholars program,” Messal said. “Thanks to the gift from Mr. Finn, I am honored that my name will also be a part of this lasting legacy.”
Finn made his gift as a result of a call to action by Peter and Susan Schottland, the founders of the Schottland Scholars Program. In April 2014, the Schottlands committed $1 million to establish the Schottland Programs Endowment.
Along with the announcement of their gift, the Schottlands challenged alumni and friends of the School of Business to contribute an additional $500,000 to the new endowment. Finn and others who join the Schottlands will ensure that the Schottland Scholars Program and Schottland Leadership Award will be permanently supported.
Finn is a retired CEO/Chairman of AstenJohnson Inc., a global engineered
products company based in Charleston. He has served as a friend and mentor to all Schottland Scholar graduates and has become an invaluable business advisor to Messal.
“Her commitment, service and dedication to the program as our founding director has been extraordinary,” Finn said of Messal. “Her personal interest in seeing the Scholars succeed combined with her enthusiasm is a winning combination.”
Finn and others familiar with Messal’s work on behalf of the Schottland Scholars say she is the driving force behind the program and the high-impact, hands-on learning experience it provides to students.
Brumby McLeod, assistant professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, is serving as the program’s interim director this year while Messal is on sabbatical.
The seeds for the Schottland Scholars program were planted more than 20 years ago when Peter Schottland’s father, Stan Schottland, established the Schottland Leadership Award in 1993. An original member of the School of Business Board of Governors, Stan Schottland is former president and CEO of American Bag & Paper, the predecessor of American Packaging Corporation.
Peter Schottland established the Schottland Scholars Program in 2009. Each year approximately 10 senior business students are selected to participate in the program following a rigorous application and interview process.
The program fosters professional development by providing students with challenging, extracurricular opportunities in the business community, including site visits to local, regional and national companies as well as lectures from invited business and government leaders.
“Having been a CEO/Chairman for over 30 years I have seen the lack of self-confidence many graduates have entering the workplace,” Finn said. “The Schottland Scholars Program builds that confidence through as many as 40 meetings and conversations with C-level executives.”
As a result of the Schottland family’s unwavering commitment, the program has now produced five years of graduates and established a strong network of Schottland alumni who are giving back to the program and staying connected to the College, Messal said.
“It has always been my concern that the network would fade away without continued funding for the program,” Messal said. “Thanks to the generosity of the Schottland family and other great friends like Bill Finn who are responding to their challenge, that network will endure for the long-term.”
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