Norwich awards $64,000 in tuition waivers to Leadership Summit participant organizations

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Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) has awarded $64,000 in tuition waivers to this year’s Leadership Summit participant organizations.

Seven organizations received tuition waivers of $4,000 apiece for employees who wish to pursue one of nine online master’s degree programs at Norwich University during any of the five start dates between September 2014 and September 2015.

This year’s participant organizations include the American Red Cross of Vermont & New Hampshire, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Green Mountain Concert Services, Modern Technologies Solutions, Inc., National Life Group, Pwnie Express, and The Vermont Flannel Company.

Oran Blumenfeld, second vice president of new business & customer relations at National Life Group, will begin his Master of Business Administration with Norwich this September. “This scholarship provided by Norwich and the Leadership Summit I attended in June was a big factor in deciding to pursue this opportunity,” Blumenfeld said. “I believe that obtaining an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership will allow me to take another step forward in my quest to become a dynamic leader and help expand my career.”

The creator and facilitator of the Leadership Summit and Norwich’s Master of Science in Leadership Program Director, Stacie Morgan, says the annual summit and tuition waivers provide opportunities for mid-career professionals to continue enhancing their leadership skills in today’s workforce.

“Whether you are looking for ways to increase competitive advantage, create scalable efficiencies, or increase productivity, leadership development is at the heart of achieving results in each of these areas,” Morgan said. “That’s why at Norwich, the development of core leadership qualities is an essential component that informs all our academic programs.”

The Leadership Summit is an annual event hosted by Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. This summit allows for select master’s students and participant organizations to collaborate and discuss tough leadership challenges of the time.

The third annual Leadership Summit will take place on June 17, 2015 during the 2015 Residency Conference in Northfield, Vt. For organizations interested in participating in the 2015 Leadership Summit, contact Shelley Brown, Director of Business and Partnership Development at Norwich University at 802-485-2784 or sbrown@norwich.edu.

Editor’s note: Photo caption: Representatives from National Life Group stand with Norwich University employees after receiving their Organization Participant Award from the 2014 Leadership Summit. Both Joyce B. LaRosa and Oran Blumenfeld from National Life are beginning their master's degrees at Norwich University with the $4,000 tuition waiver. Left to right: Shelley Brown (Norwich Director of Business and Partnership Development), William D. Whitsell (National Life Senior Vice President, Operations), Joyce B. LaRosa (National Life Vice President of Life and Annuity Finance), Oran Blumenfeld (National Life Second Vice President of New Business & Customer Relations), Stacie Morgan (Norwich Director, Master of Science in Leadership).