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Scholarship Established at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will Support Spelman Alumnae Share a Spelman College Press Release


Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College

Melanie Buckmaster
Emory University

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ATLANTA, (April 14, 2021) 
Spelman College alumnae who are interested in attending the Emory University's Goizueta Business School are now eligible for financial support thanks to the new Rosemary and John Brown Family Scholars Program, established to increase enrollment among women.

Funded by a $5 million endowment, the Rosemary and John Brown Family Scholars Program is open to alumnae of Spelman and Agnes Scott College. This generous gift to Goizueta Business School was recently presented by Rosemary and John Brown, parents of Spelman trustee Janine Brown. 

“Statistics show that although women make up 50.8 percent of the United States population, 39 percent of which are women of color, they only represent 7.4 percent of top leadership roles of Fortune 500 companies,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman. “We are grateful for this gift to Emory University’s Goizueta Business School from the Brown family that will enable students from Spelman and Agnes Scott College to access a high quality business school education.”

As reported in The Women’s Leadership Gap, women earn more than half of all undergraduate degrees, but the percentage drops to just 38 percent for MBA degrees. Similarly, though women earn more doctorates than their male counterparts, only 32 percent in academia achieve the rank of full professor, and a lower percentage still become college presidents.

Designed to afford opportunity and increase enrollment of women across Goizueta’s graduate programs, the Brown Family Scholars program reinforces Goizueta’s commitment to diversity and aims to provide continued learning and networking opportunities to women to chisel away at the glass ceiling that limits extraordinary women in business from assuming leadership roles.

Brown Family Scholars admitted into any of Goizueta’s graduate programs will benefit from small-by-design program classes known for a collaborative culture and highly experiential learning model. This will help scholars to formally build camaraderie and continue with mentoring and networking during the remainder of their studies.

“Goizueta is proud to launch this exciting initiative to increase representation of women in business,” said Goizueta’s Interim John H. Harland Dean Karen Sedatole. “Women and minorities often are underrepresented in graduate business programs. This imbalance negatively affects students, business schools, and the larger business community. This generous endowment allows Goizueta to execute its bold vision to meet tomorrow’s challenges and reimagine what business education could and should be."

Rosemary Brown, a lifelong educator, shared her passion for mathematics with students in East Brunswick, New Jersey and several schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received her bachelor of science in chemistry from Auburn University and her master’s in mathematics education from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Freed-Hardeman University, and was recognized by Auburn University with an honorary doctor of science degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn’s College of Science and Math.

John Brown is Chairman Emeritus of Stryker Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Auburn University, and also received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Freed-Hardeman University, an honorary doctor of humane letters from Kalamazoo College, and an honorary doctor of science degree from Auburn University.

Spelman trustee Janine Brown is a partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird LLP’s Atlanta office, where she concentrates her practice on technology, renewable energy and telecommunications companies.

To learn more about Goizueta’s graduate programs and initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit

About Agnes Scott
Agnes Scott College educates students to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked the No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 1 for First-Year Experience and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education, focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at

About Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Business education has been an integral part of Emory University’s identity since 1919. That kind of longevity and significance does not come without a culture built around success and service. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with the academic prestige of a major research institution. Goizueta trains business leaders of today and tomorrow with an Undergraduate degree program, a suite of MBA programs (Full-Time One-Year MBA, Full-Time Two-Year MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA), a Master of Science in Business Analytics, a Doctoral degree, and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses. Together, the Goizueta community strives to solve the world’s most pressing business problems. The school is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.


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