Enterprise scholars begin college journey

Enterprise Opportunity Driver Scholarship recipients were welcomed to the College of Business Administration at UMSL during a recent reception. Recipients are (from left) Jeffery Scott, Cierra Powers, David Abolt, Kathryn Bewig, John-Mark Scott and Amel Orucevic. (Photo by Jack Crosby)

John-Mark Scott, a graduate of Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis County, found his passion in an accounting class in high school. After applying to the accounting program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, he was pleasantly surprised to be selected as an Enterprise Opportunity Driver Scholarship recipient.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “Accounting interests me and I wanted to come to UMSL; receiving the scholarship just makes it possible.”

Scott is one of just six freshman recipients of the newly established scholarship created by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation last year through a $1.5 million gift to the College of Business Administration at UMSL.

The other Enterprise Opportunity Driver Scholarship recipients are: David Abolt, Kathryn Bewig, Amel Orucevic, Cierra Powers and Jeffery Scott.

“The generous gift from Enterprise gives many students the opportunity to receive a college education who otherwise may not have had the means,” said Keith Womer, dean of the college. “In order to ensure the success of these students, we are providing them with peer mentors and additional faculty and advising support. Ensuring the success of these students helps the college grow a larger pool of educated employees to add to the St. Louis work force.”

The Enterprise Opportunity Driver Scholarship program has three key components: scholarships for full-time undergraduate students from low- or moderate-income families pursuing degrees in the College of Business Administration; stipends for junior- and senior-level students who will mentor scholarship recipients; and opportunities for recipients to compete for internships.

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the company that, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.


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