New Scholarship - Alberta Scholarship for Leadership in Community Service

    Application Deadline - November 15, 2007

    CALGARY, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Athabasca University's Centre for Innovative
Management is proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship. The
successful applicant will receive full tuition support for Athabasca
University's Online Executive MBA.
    "There is a demonstrable need for master's level management education
within Alberta's community service and not-for-profit sectors," says
Dr. Lindsay Redpath, Executive Director of AU's Centre for Innovative
Management. As of 2003, there were over 19,000 non-profit and voluntary sector
organizations in Alberta. These organizations represent an important part of
the provincial economy and are responsible for managing an estimated
$6.4 billion each year. According to Statistics Canada, 25% of Alberta
community service organizations report difficulty in providing staff training
and development and 56% report difficulty planning for the future. As
Alberta's economy continues to thrive, pressures will continue to mount within
the organizations that deliver much needed community services. The Alberta
Scholarship for Leadership in Community Service will provide essential tools,
knowledge and expertise to equip the future leaders of these organizations and
provide an excellent incentive for them to continue working within the field
of community service.
    "Not-for-profit and voluntary organizations operate in a broad range of
areas, often working locally to provide public benefits," adds Dr. Redpath.
"While many operate on a shoestring and are driven solely by voluntary effort,
some are able to command substantial human and financial resources in pursuit
of their missions. Altogether, their activities combine to give this sector a
significant economic presence. However, many appear to be experiencing
substantial difficulties fulfilling their missions and organizational
objectives. In short, their size, scope, and ability to harness the energies
of individual Albertans are impressive, but the benefits they intend to
deliver are not being fully realized."
    Athabasca University's online Executive MBA program offers managers an
opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills and leadership potential
through the development of core competencies that are crucial to success in
any organization. The direct applicability of the AU MBA curriculum ensures
that theory and practice are integrated and applied on a daily basis, leading
to a direct return on investment to individual students, as well as their
organizations. "Because our internationally recognized learning environment is
online, it will allow managers in this sector to complete their degree from
anywhere in the province while continuing to work full-time and without a need
to drive into a major centre or interrupt their already busy lives."

    Nature of Scholarship

    One award of $42,000. Students entering the Executive MBA through the
Graduate Diploma in Management route are also eligible (see website for
details on the GDM). It is expected that the successful candidate will begin
studies as part of the January 2008 cohort.

    Launched in 1994 as the world's first online EMBA program, Athabasca
University's EMBA program has grown to become Canada's largest Executive MBA
with close to 800 students world-wide, and an alumni population of almost
2,000. The AU EMBA is ranked among the "Top EMBAs in the World," according The
Financial Times of London.

For further information:

For further information: Chris McLeod, Manager, Marketing and Alumni
Relations, Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University, (780)

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