Jane Bessette Scholarship Endowment supports business students
An endowed scholarship has been established in honor of Jane Bessette ('86, Accounting), ('03, M.S. Human Development and Family Studies), the former director of career connections and alumni relations in The College of Business. The scholarship will benefit undergraduate students who have taken on leadership roles in The College of Business and in the community.
Bessette worked at the University of Nevada, Reno for 17 years with a decade as director of career connections. During this time, she made it her mission to provide students with professional opportunities to better position them for promising careers after graduation, from developing a career module for a required management class to holding career and internship fairs, mock interviews and networking events to working to establish the Corporate Partners Program, which connects students to local industry leaders. She also served as the advisor for the Business Student Council and personally mentored many students.
"Jane is a remarkable individual, and her personal efforts helped many of our students to make the connections that have led to satisfying and successful careers," said College of Business Dean Greg Mosier. "She truly went above and beyond to make sure that every student in The College of Business had the opportunity to get a start on their career aspirations long before they graduated. It makes a degree from the college so much more valuable when our students can say that they haven't just taken classes in business, but they have hands-on experience in business because that experience is built into the curriculum. Jane looked for ways to make that happen, and we are continuing to build on her efforts."
In honor of Jane's service, The College of Business Alumni Association made a gift to establish the Jane Bessette Scholarship Endowment Fund to benefit future students who aspire to careers in business. Gifts made in Jane's honor at the time of her retirement, along with a contribution from Jane herself, were added to the endowment. ■