National Black MBA Association Conference

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Apply for sponsorship to attend the National Black MBA Association Conference! The National Black MBA Association is the premier business organization serving Black professionals. This year’s conference will be September 17-21, 2024 and will be held in Washington, DC.

The Saunders College of Business will provide funding to support up to eight students attending the NBMBAA conference.  The scholarship is expected to cover the conference registration fee, shared ground transportation (students will car-pool), shared lodging for three nights (two to a room) and some incidentals. These scholarships are competitive and are not guaranteed. Submitting a complete application is necessary to being considered for funding but is not a guarantee or commitment of funds.

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The National Black MBA Association was conceived in 1970 to help Blacks coming into the corporate sector, largely for the first time, share experiences and insights to help make the journey easier. By nurturing these new professionals, the organization helped early members navigate and, ultimately, succeed in unfamiliar and frequently challenging environments. It is those professionals who have risen up and reached back to bring up the next generation of Black professionals through providing coaching, guidance, and mentoring. This has carried through the decades as the members who have followed found the same sense of connection and camaraderie among their colleagues and have continued to reach back to uplift new generations. NBMBAA has a deep and rich history of enriching the lives of Black youth and professionals that we continue to celebrate today.

Conference Details


Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Will be enrolled full-time as a graduate student in the MBA program within the Saunders College of Business (SCB) for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Maintains good academic standing and a strong academic record, which may include co-op or internship experience and active involvement in the RIT community outside of classes, such as clubs, sports, honor societies, and other types of community service.
  • Exemplifies RIT values and professionalism.

To be considered, you must submit the following:

  1. A current résumé
  2. A 500-word essay, describing what you believe you will gain from attending and how you will give back to build community around leadership within the Saunders College of Business
  3. A statement affirming that if selected to attend you are committing to attending advance preparation sessions for networking at the event, as well as working with Saunders faculty and staff to coordinate arrangements with college officials and other students selected
  4. A statement affirming that as of the date of the submission of your application, you believe you will be able to attend this conference, that you currently have no conflicts that would prevent you from attending
  5. Travel and conference attendance, you will professionally conduct yourself as a representative of RIT and the Saunders College of Business.


Cancellation Policy: If you are selected and confirm attendance, but then cancel, you will be responsible for the cost of your travel and conference ticket.


What the scholarship covers:

  • Conference registration fee
  • Cost of mileage (gas, tolls, etc.) of car-pooling to and from the conference (students are responsible for transportation to and from RIT)
  • Lodging, two to a room, at approved conference hotels or other approved area hotels (Note: Must share a room with another sponsored student)

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When and Where
September 17, 2024
All Day
Room/Location: Washington, DC
September 18, 2024
All Day
Room/Location: Washington, DC
September 19, 2024
All Day
Room/Location: Washington, DC
September 20, 2024
All Day
Room/Location: Washington, DC
September 21, 2024
All Day
Room/Location: Washington, DC

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