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The accomplishments of the W. P. Carey School of Business can be traced in no small part to the many partners who believe in our students’ capacity to rethink the nature of business, engage the world, and create a better future. Here we highlight a few ways alumni and their organizations are contributing to the continued success of our community and school.

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Arizona Food and Marketing Alliance serves students
As part of its foundation’s mission, the Arizona Food and Marketing Alliance seeks to assist individuals in advancing their knowledge and skills by encouraging education, training, and instruction for the Arizona food industry. In 2012 and 2020, the alliance gave $100,000 to provide scholarship support to students with an interest in the food industry who are studying in the Morrison School of Agribusiness at the W. P. Carey School of Business. So far, 12 students have benefited from its generosity.

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Alumnus Chuck Robel establishes Dean’s Chair in Business
Charles J. “Chuck” Robel is a 1971 graduate of the W. P. Carey School and a 2014 inductee into its Alumni Hall of Fame. Since 2008, he has been on the board of directors of GoDaddy, an internet domain registrar and web hosting company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has served as its chairperson of the board since 2015. As an alum, Robel knows firsthand the importance of a top-notch education. “I’ve always felt like I have a very strong connection with ASU, and as a graduate of the business school, seeing how far it has come over the years has been tremendously gratifying,” he says.

That’s why Robel decided to give $5 million to the W. P. Carey School to establish the Chuck Robel Dean’s Chair in Business, which supports faculty endeavors in research and teaching to create a strong learning foundation for emerging leaders. An endowed professorship chair receives much-needed resources that assist its recipient in conducting research and devoting time to service projects and teaching responsibilities.

New financial planning degree in partnership with Schwab
A new gift from Schwab Advisor Services, in partnership with the Charles Schwab Foundation, is supporting the creation, development, and delivery of a bachelor’s degree in financial planning at the W. P. Carey School. Schwab’s support will elevate efforts to recruit and produce talent that promotes racial and gender equity in finance, and to develop curriculum designed for financial planning and completion of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and the Security Industry Essential Exam. W. P. Carey began offering the new degree last fall.

“Already, I’ve seen some 150 students who’ve expressed receptiveness in the major,” says Thomas Bates, Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar and associate professor of finance.

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Scholarship donations affect thousands of students
Over the past decade, more than 5,000 undergraduates and 500 graduate students at W. P. Carey have received vital scholarship support through more than $22 million in private donations from our W. P. Carey community. Scholarship recipient Julian Maglanoc (BS Accountancy/Finance, BA Business Law ’21) shares, “I will never forget the day I received an email saying I received a W. P. Carey general scholarship. Because of donors’ generosity, paying for college was one less thing I had to figure out for my family.”

Scholarship donations are also one of W. P. Carey’s most accessible ways to give. Just $400 can buy a student’s books for a semester. Read donor stories about giving back on pages 35 and 38.

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