A lifetime legacy

Alumni - Blair Schrum FamilyUNC Kenan-Flagler extends its gratitude to Blair Schrum (MBA ’93) and his wife Shelley Boulware Schrum for their generosity in creating The Schrum-Boulware MBA Fellowship Fund earlier this year.

Thanks to the Schrums, five or more outstanding in-state students will receive partial fellowships to attend UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Program over the next ten years.

“Shelley and I are passionate supporters of education, particularly for schools our family has attended,” explains Blair, President and CEO of SES Insurance Brokerage Services Inc. Shelley’s father – Robert Boulware (MBA  ’60) – is a UNC Kenan-Flagler alumnus as well.

“There have been so many people who have supported us along the way.  We felt like creating this fund was our way of saying thanks to all of them by paying it forward.  What better legacy can you leave than helping give deserving young people the opportunity to attend a university you love?”

“UNC Kenan-Flagler was a big part of my development as a professional and as a person,” he adds.  “It was not a two-year decision to attend UNC, but a lifetime decision.  Carolina will always be a part of who I am.  When looking at it that way, it is impossible to not be involved and support the business school in as many ways as possible.”

By creating this fellowship fund, the Schrums hope to provide more opportunities for talented North Carolinians to attend Kenan-Flagler.  “But selfishly, we also want to make sure Kenan-Flagler is competitive in attracting the leaders of the future.  That will help enhance the relevance and reputation of the school for generations to come,” says Blair.

UNC Kenan-Flagler Dean Doug Shackelford (BSBA ’80) agrees: “The most important factor in affecting the quality of applicants and the yield of the highest caliber students for Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Program is the presence or absence of fellowship recognition and support.  Students tell us that receiving a fellowship was the key factor in their decision to attend Kenan-Flagler or to go elsewhere. The Schrums’ fellowship fund will help us attract and enroll the high-quality applicants we seek.”

For more information on creating or supporting a fellowship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, please contact Adam Gerdts, associate dean of advancement, at adam_gerdts@ unc.edu or 919.962.9143.