New Endowment Honors Burt Masters’ Legacy

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Mike Masters (left) is remembering his father, Burt Masters 82EMBA (right, with Dixie Masters), with a graduate-level scholarship endowment.

To honor the legacy of his late father, Burt Masters 82EMBA, Mike Masters has created the Burt Masters Scholars Endowment with a gift to Emory University. The endowment will benefit second-career graduate and professional school students in all disciplines, creating a new model for endowed financial support of Emory students.

A Texas native who later settled in the Virgin Islands, Burt Masters chose to pursue a master’s degree after a long career in business. He was a pioneer of the Executive MBA Program at Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

“My father greatly appreciated education, and he was very fond of his experiences in the Executive MBA Program,” says Masters, an Atlanta investment manager. “It’s clear that there is a continuing need to accommodate prospective graduate students who are moving forward with their education after spending significant time in diverse workplaces.”

Emory is committed to ensuring equal access to its degree programs for all top students, not just those of financial means. For second-career students at the graduate level—many of whom have dependents and significant financial responsibilities—the costs of higher education can be even more of a challenge than for traditional students.

The Burt Masters Scholars Endowment is Emory’s first endowed student support fund open to nontraditional students in all graduate and professional schools. This creative approach to scholarship funding will offer talented men and women the opportunity to pursue their dreams of additional education, professional advancement, and new careers.

A powerhouse of graduate education, Emory University conferred more than 1,900 advanced degrees last year in business, nursing, medicine, public health, allied health, law, theology, the humanities and social sciences, and the natural, biological, and biomedical sciences.

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