Co-op Works 2013 Press Release
Co-op celebrates 20 years, establishes first endowed scholarship
Little Rock, Ark. (Sept. 5, 2013)–The director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Cooperative Education Internship and Placement Office is celebrating the program’s 20th-anniversary with the establishment of an endowed scholarship.
Jesse Mason and his wife, Gail Reede Jones M.D., have committed $15,000 for the new student scholarship, which will be available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Officials hope to raise $75,000 to benefit current and future interns.
In addition, the program will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at the Co-op Works event at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Governor’s Mansion in the Grand Hall, 1800 Center St., in Little Rock. The event will be a fundraiser for the newly endowed scholarship.
Tickets are $50 per person; $25 is tax-deductible. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music, and a live auction with Craig O’Neill. Attire is business wear.
UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson said, “Jesse’s vision and leadership of the Cooperative Education Internship and Placement Office has greatly contributed to the success of hundreds of students, as well as the entire university. The establishment of this endowed scholarship is yet another way in which Jesse and Gail are demonstrating their commitment to the success of our students and university.”
“The Cooperative Internship program is integral to our mission of having an application-oriented, high quality curriculum for our business students. I applaud the Masons for providing a scholarship for these highly motivated students,” said Dr. Jane P. Wayland, Stephen Harrow Smith Dean of the UALR College of Business.
The Co-op program, established at UALR in 1993, provides participants with relevant work experience, earned income in a professional work-integrated learning environment, and academic credit. According to Michael Yang, Co-op coordinator, over 92 percent of UALR Co-op graduates indicated that their experience gave them an advantage in the job market.
“Co-op students have at least two job offers before they graduate and students enrolled in the program have higher grade point averages and 20 percent greater graduation rates than other students,” said Yang.
Students who enroll in the program develop skills that give them an edge when they begin to seek employment after graduation.
“Together, we are learning how to identify and nurture bright minds and build partnerships between business and education that will last a lifetime,” said Mason.
For tickets and more information, contact Angela Elizandro at 501.683.7501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support the Jesse Mason and Gail Reede Jones, M.D. Endowed Scholarship, contact Angela Elizandro at 501.683.7501 or email@example.com.