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Why Your Gift Matters

Arly Cortez

Arly Cortez ’18 of Providence is interning this summer with PwC. This fall, she will be a COB teaching assistant and an intern with Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. She is a recipient of the Brooksby A. Sandeerson Memorial Scholarship and the Peter M. and Mildred J. Galanti Scholarship.

“The scholarships I received helped me invest more time at school. I solely rely on financial aid, grants, and scholarships to afford college,” she said. “By receiving all this aid, I am able to be more focused at school and in my involvement—and I worry less.”

The College of Business is committed to educating the next generation of business leaders and focuses on students first. We are grateful to our many alumni and corporate partners for their commitment to the success of our students.

Support for the College can take many forms and can take place through a gift to the Fund for URI,  a new or existing endowment to support faculty and student scholarships, sponsorship of college-related events and programming, and support for capital projects.

By providing a gift of any type, including a planned gift, you are helping to ensure the future success of the College of Business and its students.

Funding Priorities

Your generosity to the College of Business makes a difference in the life of the College and in the future of our students. There are many ways you can make an impact that lasts a lifetime.

  • Scholarships
    Scholarships, such as the recently established Frank and Deborah Budnick Scholarship, make a great impact on individual students’ lives.
  • The Annual Fund: College of Business
    The Annual Fund: CBA supports student programs such as travel and internships, professional development, academic scholarships, facility improvements, technology enhancements and other areas to help the College maintain its reputation for excellence.
  • Faculty Support
    Giving to or establishing an endowed professorship, such as the one  recently established by William Eigen, helps to attract and retain top-notch faculty.
  • Event Sponsorship
    Sponsoring events such as the College’s annual Alumni Career Day provide funding for professional development essential for students. Deloitte Consulting recently sponsored our Fireside Chat Series, bringing industry leaders to campus to speak with students about careers, required skills, and industry trends.
  • Establishing an Endowment
    When you establish an endowment or make a donation to an existing endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits.

To learn more about these investment opportunities or additional ways to invest in the College of Business, please email Steven A. King at or call 401.874.4718.

Giving News

Frank Budnick

Budnick scholarship promotes student community service

Professor and former CBA Dean Frank Budnick, who is retiring from the College after 44 years, has established the Frank and Deborah Budnick Scholarship to promote public/community service as a core value for CBA students.

Kent & Diane Fannon Create CBA Endowed Career Fund

A couple who met as URI students in the ’70s and went on to marry and pursue successful business careers have established The Kent and Diane Fannon Endowed Career Fund at the College of Business Administration with a gift of $500,000. Seizing career opportunities is the inspiration behind the new fund, which will benefit CBA students gearing up to enter the workforce.

Bill Eigen

Alumnus William Eigen’s Gift of $500,000 to Establish Endowed Finance Professorship

The College of Business Administration will have its first endowed professorship in finance thanks to a gift pledge of $500,000 from William H. Eigen, ’90 BS in Finance. Eigen is Managing Director, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Absolute Return Fixed Income, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he manages $26 billion.

More than $165,000 donated to honor Retired Professor Spencer Martin

Long before Richard J. Harrington ‘73 donated more than $5 million to URI, he was a business student taking Professor Spencer Martin’s accounting classes—where he learned far more than accounting. This spring, Professor Martin retired after 45 years of teaching here, and a scholarship endowment in his name has already received more than $165,000 in contributions from the URI community—including a $100,000 gift from Harrington.

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