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ISU alumni give $200,000 to create online MBA scholarships

May 18, 2022

Indiana State University has received a $200,000 gift to create the Tim and Bobbie O’Neill Online MBA Scholarship. 

There will be 25 O’Neill Scholars each year, all of whom receive $1,000 scholarships.

Tim O’Neill served on ISU’s Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1995 and received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He graduated in 1969 with a business degree and was a scholarship swimmer for ISU, serving as team captain his senior year. Bobbie O’Neill graduated in 1972 with a degree in elementary education.

“The term ‘pay it forward’ perfectly describes what we all need to do to make sure that future generations enjoy the same resources that we enjoyed in our lifetime,” Tim O’Neill said. “We realize that something as valuable and productive as Indiana State University does not happen without decades of committed leaders and the sharing of necessary financial resources.”

Indiana State University President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis thanked the O’Neills for their generosity.

“Tim and Bobbie O’Neill met at ISU and have a long and distinguished record of service to the university,” Curtis said. “We’re so grateful for their decision to support continuing education through our Online MBA program.”

Said Terry Daugherty, Dean of the Scott College of Business: “Learning is life-long with most people seeking ways to advance within their career, sometimes re-skill, or even change companies completely.  The MBA degree continues to make this possible and is a great pride-point of the Scott College of Business.  We want to help meet the needs of business professionals in Indiana, which is why Tim and Bobbie O’Neill’s support is critical.  Their scholarships for our online MBA students are making a difference and we are grateful for their investment in future Sycamores.

The Scott College of Business MBA Online is a highly-respected, affordable, and flexible advanced business degree with top accreditation for students seeking an accelerated career track. It is designed to promote a work-life balance while offering the flexibility to graduate in 12 to 24 months.

“Continuing education is important because it provides contemporary learning while helping to retain focus and relevance in our careers,” Bobbie O’Neill said. “We were both fortunate to be able to pursue post-graduate education to enhance our careers in education and banking. 

“Our three sons were able to advance their careers as well with continuing their education while employed.  However, we understand that the availability of time and financial resources are limited for our MBA candidates, so we are pleased that the Scott College of Business MBA Online program will address those needs.”

Andrea Angel, Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the ISU Foundation, said she’s humbled by the generosity of the O’Neills.

“They have given back to their alma mater for more than three decades, most recently helping launch the online MBA program by providing scholarships to deserving students,” Angel said. “Tim has served in multiple volunteer roles for Indiana State, proving his bold passion for our University.”

Photo of Tim and Bobbie O’Neill

Media contacts: 

Mark Alesia, Director of University Communication 

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Dianne Powell, Associate Director of University Communication

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