GENEVA, N.Y.– This summer, Kelly A. Doran, a William Smith junior from Rochester, N.Y., was awarded a stipend from The Bowman Award for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to participate in an internship at the University of Rochester's Department of Community and Preventative Medicine. Doran was the first student at the Colleges to utilize the fund that was established by Hobart alumnus Harry Bowman, of Lake Forest, Ill.
During the Colleges' most recent capital campaign, Bowman initiated the fund to assist students who are interested in internship placements. Bowman's desire is to help the Colleges become foremost among liberal arts institutions by giving students a chance for real life work experiences.
Doran was grateful for the opportunity. At the U of R, she worked as a research assistant on the Smoking Cessation Program, which is a trial project funded by the National Cancer Institute to determine the best way for primary care providers to assist adolescent patients who want to stop smoking. “This was a great opportunity. I hope that many other students will be able to experience this kindness,” she said. “This monetary assistance has made it possible for me to work in what I hope to be my future career.”
Brandi Baran, career services coordinator at Hobart and William Smith, said the need for such programs is growing as the job market tightens. “The Bowman Award helps ensure the success of our graduates. By supplementing classroom education with internship experience, students gain a practical understanding of the demands and rewards of future careers. Mr. Bowman's generosity gives students the opportunity to test their skills and realize their potential,” Baran said.
Funds from this award can also be given to students who need their internship experience supplemented. Many times when students participate in internships, especially in metropolitan areas, the stipend or salary they receive from the employer just covers the cost of room and board. Many students need to earn money during the summer to get through the academic year, Baran said.
Bowman, who has held a number of corporate executive positions, was most recently CEO and president of the Stiffel Company. Prior to that he served as chairman and CEO of the Outboard Marine Corporation, and was a top executive with Whirlpool Corporation. Bowman is a 1965 graduate of Hobart College and a long-time supporter of Hobart and William Smith.
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