Scott Foundation Gift to Assist Future Heider Business Students

Scott Foundation Gift to Assist Future Heider Business Students

$14.6 million scholarship program aims to recruit more future business leaders to Omaha and Nebraska

A $14.6 million scholarship program established this fall by the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation will recruit talented students to Creighton’s Heider College of Business and, ultimately, benefit the Omaha and Nebraska business communities with outstanding future business leaders.

The gift reaffirms the Scott family’s commitment to the Heider College of Business and its students, and will allow the college’s most generous scholarship — the Scott Scholars program — to reach even more students.

The Scott Scholarship is a full-tuition, renewable award given to top candidates in the Heider College of Business. Five students from Nebraska and 10 from outside the state will be selected annually for the award, over a nine-year commitment.

“The Scott Foundation gift will assist us in continuing to attract the best and brightest from around the globe, adding to the diversity of our student body, as well as allowing us to showcase the outstanding Omaha business environment and opportunities that exist here in our own community,” said Anthony Hendrickson, PhD, dean of the Heider College of Business.

Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, said the foundation’s latest investment in the University will establish one of the nation’s most respected business education scholarships.

“Like Walter, I believe in this program and the Heider College of Business’ ability to deliver on our goals,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “This complements Walter’s long service to and vision for the University and expresses his confidence in the impact we have on Omaha.”

Walter Scott Jr. served on Creighton’s Board of Trustees from 1980 to 2001 and was named an emeritus trustee. Walter and his late wife, Suzanne, also received the Manresa Medal from Creighton in 1998. Creighton’s Manresa Medal is presented to those individuals who, like St. Ignatius of Loyola, demonstrate inspirational leadership while overcoming obstacles to enduring achievement.

“My intention for this gift is to empower Creighton to keep bringing new young minds to the city and state. I trust them to do that,” said Walter Scott, former chairman and CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc.

While nearly 80% of Heider College of Business students come from outside Nebraska, about 53% begin their full-time employment in the state directly after graduation.

Matt McNary, BSBA’15, is an example of how a Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation scholarship adds to Omaha’s brain gain. He came to Creighton from eastern Kansas as part of the program, passing up full-ride scholarships from two state schools.

Now a certified public accountant in Omaha, McNary is active in a host of nonprofit organizations. He’s aware of the difference Walter Scott, whom he met while at Creighton, makes on recruiting students and retaining Creighton alumni.

“Omaha feels like home,” McNary said. “I’ve invested my career here, and I don’t plan to leave. I love it here.”