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Leon Cooperman Pre-Business Program at Hunter College

The Leon Cooperman Pre-Business Program (the "Program") provides a cohort of talented Hunter College students with the financial support, skills and self- confidence to compete for admissions to leading business schools and to pursue successful careers in business. The Program seeks to accomplish this through scholarships and internship support, an MBA admissions preparation program, career panels, interviewing workshops, and the creation of a mentoring network for Hunter College students.

The Leon Cooperman Scholars (the "Scholars") will gain first-hand knowledge about a variety of different business issues and topics, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. The program will seek to not only provide financial support in the form of a scholarship but also financial support to undertake un-paid summer internships during a student's tenure at Hunter.

Scholars will also participate in seminars and site visits to various financial institutions, corporations and entrepreneurial endeavors to augment their knowledge of business issues and career opportunities in business.

Background

The Leon Cooperman Pre-Business Program was established in 2010 through a generous gift by Leon Cooperman, a distinguished Hunter alumnus, to expand the pool of Hunter students entering the field of business after graduating from Hunter and to provide the resources for Hunter students to achieve admission to a top-tier business school program. Mr. Cooperman has had a noteworthy career on Wall Street both as a General Partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as the founder of Omega Advisors, a successful New York City-based hedge fund. From humble beginnings to his rise as a successful and prominent businessman, Mr. Cooperman seeks to inspire students to become involved in careers in business.

Program Details

  • Scholars will receive: An annual scholarship stipend of $500 to $2,500 (depending on financial need and aid package) to provide financial assistance with tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies or transportation;
  • Financial assistance as needed to supplement income earned during summer session or short-term financial internships at firms in the finance, retailing, technology and manufacturing sectors

Core Activities

In addition to financial support, Scholars will benefit from a variety of different support services to assist students in successfully entering careers in business post graduation from Hunter or in applying to business school. These support services will include:

  • Internship support
  • MBA admissions support
  • Mentoring and counseling
  • Career panels, workshops and advising

2010 Cooperman Scholars

Meryam Bukhari, Class of 2011

Meryam graduated from Hunter College in 2011 with a degree in Economics. She was also the first graduate of the Public Policy Program at the Roosevelt House with a specialization in monetary policy. As co-founder and the President of the Hunter College Economics Club, the only economics-oriented student organization in Hunter's 17,000 student body, she hosted economists such as Jagdish Bhagwati and Robert Solow, as well as researchers from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She was also a Hunter College Mentoring Program Scholar, and was one of the first two students to represent Hunter College in the annual United States Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in April of 2011. Meryam's research interests include monetary policy, income taxation and federal corporate taxation. Her honor's thesis analyzed the public and economic policies that contributed to the financial crisis of 2008 grounded in an interconnected understanding of American financial and public policy institutions. She formerly worked in community development in her hometown of Queens, as well as in taxation and financial services news reporting. She is fluent in Hindi and Urdu, conversational in Spanish and is studying to become fluent in Modern Standard Arabic. Meryam is now a Markets Group analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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