Free Hand foundation establishes Fisher EMBA Social Enterprise Scholarship

A new scholarship for leaders and administrators of charitable non-profit organizations has been established through a gift from Free Hand, Inc. for full tuition in Fisher’s Executive MBA program.

Free Hand, Inc., based in Mentor, Ohio, is a foundation that provides assistance to social service organizations that support individuals in extreme need and management resources and financial assistance to those who supply social services. Candidates for the scholarship must be currently employed by a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization engaged primarily in charitable work that provides direct social services.

The $102,000 gift from Free Hand, Inc. will fund an EMBA scholarship and the non-credit Social Enterprise Training Program. Fisher currently offers a Social Enterprise Certificate developed under the leadership of Leslie Fine, academic director of Fisher’s EMBA program and associate professor of marketing.

“The same world-class academic program and advanced management skills that corporate executives receive through our EMBA program will be provided to a leader of a non-profit organization at no cost,” said Carol Newcomb, executive director of Fisher’s Executive Education program. “This very generous gift from Free Hand, Inc. will not only benefit the recipient but the entire cohort in the EMBA class who work closely together exchanging professional experiences in a close-knit collegial community.”

“Free Hand, Inc. is pleased to support these two important Fisher programs. Providing a not-for-profit executive the opportunity to participate in the EMBA program will lead to innumerable outcomes,” said Sue Dreitzler, executive director of the Free Hand, Inc. foundation. “Not only will the recipient take new skills and knowledge to his or her workplace, but insights will be shared with corporate executives in the EMBA program who can learn about the importance of non-profit support in their communities. We believe that liaisons of many kinds will develop that will benefit both the corporate and non-profit sectors.”

In addition to employment at a registered 501 (c) 3 organization, applicants for the scholarship must meet the same academic criteria as other EMBA candidates; have employer sponsorship and a recommendation from a board member from the organization.