Whitmore Scholarships

All undergraduate students enrolled in the Global Business Certificate program are eligible to apply for the Whitmore Scholarships. These scholarships are intended to be used toward an international business experience that will fulfill the experience requirement of the Global Business Certificate.

Whitmore Scholarships are focused in three regions:

  1. Whitmore Asia Scholarship: For students in the Business Asia study abroad program, XISU exchange program, or any other international project or internship in the Asia region (including the Global Business study abroad)
  2. Whitmore Europe Scholarship: For students in the Business Europe study abroad program, CIMBA Italy study abroad program, Pforzheim exchange program, Portugal exchange program, France exchange program, or any other international project or internship in the Europe region (including the Global Business study abroad)
  3. Whitmore Latin America Scholarship: For students in the FGV exchange program, ITESM exchange program, or any other international project or internship in the Latin America region


Selection criteria include:

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Second language fluency
  • Desire to pursue a career in business with a focus in international business


Students should submit an application form to the GMC in 360 TNRB. Incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. Applications will be reviewed by a committee. 

Scholarship Amount

Students will be awarded up to $1,000 (spring or summer terms) and up to $2,000 (fall or winter semesters) toward an international experience. Amounts may vary depending upon Global Business Certificate registration status.

Kay Whitmore

To the business world, Kay Whitmore was recognized as a capable leader and conscientious citizen. His wife, Yvonne, believed that education, scouting, and a desire to make the community better were some of her husband’s top priorities. Kay had a firm belief that everyone needed a good education—his whole life he encouraged strangers and friends to learn as much as possible.

Kay took an active role in furthering education. He helped develop Rochester Brainpower, a coalition of business aimed to improve the quality of education in public schools. The organization garnered recognition from President George H. W. Bush, and it was also the subject of an in-depth education series in U.S. News & World Report in 1988.

His dedication to education caused him to receive national recognition. In 1987, Kay addressed the National Forum for Youth at Risk in Washington, D.C. In 1991, Kay was appointed by President Bush to the board of directors to run the New American Schools Development Corp., a school-improvement association that focused on business aiding public school improvements. Kay was also chair of the National Action Council of Minority Engineers from 1978 to 1990, which helped minority students become engineers.