Loan assistance program offers a little help

October 31, 2017

Lauren Gardner M.B.A. ’06 calls Fuqua’s loan assistance program an “impact multiplier.”

Now named the Rex and Ellen Adams Loan Assistance Program, after Fuqua’s former dean and his wife, the program provides financial assistance, in the form of loan forgiveness awards, to qualifying Duke M.B.A. alumni who work in the nonprofit or public service sectors. It was originally launched with a gift from the Daytime M.B.A. Class of 2001; during the Duke Forward campaign, the F.M. Kirby Foundation made a $2.5 million gift to endow and re-name the program.

Alumni are eligible to receive assistance annually toward both federal and private loans.

With that kind of help, students pursuing careers in the social sector are more interested in attending Fuqua, and graduates can choose careers that align their skills with their passions. Gardner, a recipient, is grateful.

“Thank you for investing in me so that I can invest in this community. Thank you for making sure the Loan Assistance Program has been endowed so that someone right now who is in the Peace Corps, or working in an inner-city school, or working for a start-up social enterprise can be confident that Fuqua is not only feasible, but a place that will support them for the long run as they invest in their communities after graduation.”