Sawyer will receive a partial scholarship and is assured summer employment and co-op opportunities at M&T Bank throughout his undergraduate studies at RIT. He will also be linked with M&T staff members through a mentoring program.
A Rochester resident, Sawyer recently received an associate degree in business management from Monroe Community College. He is also a 2000 graduate from Charles E. Finney High School in Penfield.
The M&T Urban Scholar Program is made possible by a $50,000 gift from the bank. The initiative is designed to help some local students, like Sawyer, acquire a solid educational foundation while gaining the practical experience needed to succeed in the workplace and become advocates for their community.
Scholars are selected on an annual basis. Candidates must be entering their first year of study at RITís College of Business and come from the Rochester or Buffalo area. Representatives from both the College of Business and M&T Bank intend this program to serve as a model for other businesses and organizations. The goal is to create a consortium of complimentary partners who support educational opportunities in the region.
NOTE: RITís College of Business is recognized nationally as a leading provider of career-oriented business education, offering undergraduate and graduate level programs in accounting, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and photographic marketing management. U.S. News & World Report, ranks RITís College of Business among the top 50 undergraduate business programs in the country.