Indiana University Bloomington has announced a $2.2 million gift from alumnus Doug Hamilton and his partner, Don Vossburg, to establish a scholarship program for LGBTQ+ students at its Kelley School of Business.
Part of the university's $3 billion bicentennial campaign, the gift will establish the Out in INformation Technology Scholarship, an annual opportunity for one student who is actively involved with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and pursuing a career in the information technology field. Preference will be given to students from Indiana who are studying operations, decision technologies, or business analytics.
Hamilton earned two degrees at IU: a BA in mathematics and psychology in 1976 and an MBA in quantitative business analysis in 1978. At the end of 2016, he retired from Accenture, the global management consulting and professional services firm, after twenty-one years. Vossburg earned an associate degree from the Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus in 1972; a bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, in 1973; and an MBA from Central Michigan University in 1976. He is retired and worked as an executive for several professional and small-business lobbying organizations during his career.
"This scholarship is significant on many different levels," said Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair in Strategic Management. "It supports our LGBTQ+ students, it further enhances scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students, and it helps create a more diverse and inclusive environment at Kelley and, down the road, in the corporate world."