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March 14, 2012

Jeanne McFarland '12A degree from Medaille represents a new direction in the life of Jeanne McFarland '12. She received the Margaret Kafka ’90 Women Aspire Scholarship, which provides funding to female non-traditional-age students who are enrolled in Medaille’s Accelerated Learning Program.

Support from this scholarship makes the dream of a college degree possible forstudents like McFarland, a student at the Amherst Campus. "I finally took control ofmy life and I am able to do something about my circumstance," McFarland offered."I have seen a lot of people struggle and fail when it comes to higher learning...with belief in yourself, success in a program at Medaille is possible.

"Medaille offered a unique degree that is relevant in business today," McFarland explained. "I plan on pursuing a career in human resources, as the value of people in an organization is very important to me." 

McFarland describes herself as "reliable, but able to reinvent myself," and with good reason. After earning a bachelor’s degree in advertising and fine arts at the University of Florida, she moved from a career in advertising sales to an internship at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. From there, she worked as an account manager at Bank of America, and now, she balances a job as a quality control analyst at Kirchmeyer & Associates with an internship in the human resources department at Greatbatch. 

With those two roles,she would be busy enough, but she is completing her master’s in organizational leadership at the Amherst Campus. "I am proud of myself for taking the time and energy to pursue a graduate degree,"she said. "It reassures me that the blood, sweat and tears that I have put into this [program] will be worth it!"

This content originally appeared in the winter 2011-12 issue of the Medaille Magazine. 

photo by Kara Kane

I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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