Scholarship promotes diversity
An out-of-state student will get an in-state experience thanks to a new scholarship created by Mary McAllister and C. Mark Bold.
McAllister, who graduated from Utah State in 1969, is president of Inline Plans, a San Francisco-based business that serves small and mid-sized companies with benefits plan design, administration and record keeping. She is also a member of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board. Bold, McAllister's husband, is an executive vice president at Fimat, USA, a global brokerage organization.
McAllister said that she and her husband hope the scholarship will not only benefit the recipients but other students at Utah State. McAllister said that when she went to USU there were many out-of-state and foreign students who attended the school.
"I considered my associations with them an integral part of my education," she said. "These ratios have changed since I attended, I wanted to do what I could to create more diversity on campus. By my reasoning, local students will benefit from this gift by getting more exposure to those from outside the area who will hopefully have new ideas and experiences to contribute."
McAllister, who got her MBA from University of California, Berkeley, said that students going into business need to be comfortable with numbers.
"They also need to develop and trust their own judgment," she said. "Those who will do best, however, are likely to be those who can think creatively and remain open to new ideas and perspectives."