Rosemont Realty, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based commercial property acquisition and asset management operating company, has announced a partnership with New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of New Mexico (UNM) to create the Rosemont Leadership Institute to encourage high school students to pursue business education.
Rosemont Realty is investing $750,000 in the new institute, which will launch in summer 2013 with its first class of 30 high school students. As part of the institute, the students will participate in leadership training sessions at both UNM and NMSU that will focus on critical thinking skills and leadership qualities. Following their graduation from high school, the students will receive a $25,000 scholarship to attend NMSU or UNM. The scholarship will be spread over four years and require the students to maintain a 3.0 GPA, take at least one leadership course per year, belong to a student organization on campus, participate in a program to shadow a leader and mentor high school students who are following them in the program.
‘Significantly improving high school graduation rates should be the number-one strategic goal of New Mexico over the next decade,’ says Rosemont Realty CEO Dan Burrell. ‘With one-third of the state's high school students dropping out, New Mexico is struggling to realize its full economic potential. That is why I am launching Rosemont Leadership Institute that, in conjunction with our state's two largest universities, NMSU and UNM, will provide exceptional high school leaders from across New Mexico with the financial resources, global awareness, and professional networks required to succeed in a competitive and knowledge-based economy.’