Black Business Initiative Launches New Scholarship at Dalhousie University”


The Black Business Initiative (BBI), in partnership with Dalhousie University, is pleased to announce a new scholarship for the Corporate Residency MBA program at the Rowe School of Business. The $10,000 renewable scholarship will be awarded to a Black Nova Scotian who meets the entrance requirements for the program and:

  • Has lived in Nova Scotia for the past 24 months.
  • Displays academic excellence, strong citizenship and character and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to this community.


“We are looking for innovative, motivated, and talented Black Nova Scotians that have the drive to excel in this program,” said Mike Wyse, CEO of BBI and a graduate from the Dalhousie MBA program (2010). “The BBI is very pleased to provide support to Black Nova Scotians wishing to continue their education in this prestigious graduate program. We are asking the community for its support in identifying and encouraging our young people to further their studies.”


Allan Shaw, Advisor to the Corporate Residency MBA program and the Faculty of Management, worked for the past three years to see this scholarship established. “ I believe in the great potential the Rowe School of Business has to create new opportunities and prosperity for our region. The creation of this scholarship fund will help to ensure that more Black Nova Scotians can prepare themselves for leadership roles in our community.”


The Corporate Residency MBA is unique in Canada. It is designed to fast-track graduates from a wide range of undergraduate programs, providing them with a professional development program and including an eight-month intensive corporate residency with employer partners across Canada. The program has won awards for its innovative approach and was ranked second in Canada for return on investment. The 22-month program starts in the last week of June. Scholarship applicants wishing to start this year will need to open an application immediately and write their GMAT exam by May 15th.

“Our Corporate Residency MBA program targets high-potential students looking to realize their full potential in the business world. The addition of the BBI Scholarship to our scholarship pool will enhance the Rowe School of Business’ ability to contribute to the future prosperity of our community. It is our hope that in partnering with the BBI to create this special opportunity for Black Nova Scotians, we will demonstrate our commitment to IDEAS, Innovation, Diversity, Ethics, Action, and Sustainability,” said Peggy Cunningham, Dean, Faculty of Management.

The BBI is the principal business and community economic development agency for African Nova Scotian communities in the province of Nova Scotia. Its vision is to foster a dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia business community. This includes supporting business starts, growth and attraction to Nova Scotia. The BBI also places priority on supporting Black-owned firms looking to invest in training, improved productivity, strategic innovations and enhanced competitiveness.

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