January 21, 2014

Alumni Club of New York Establishes Fellowship

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY) has shown its support for the School with a $10,000 current-use fellowship. The award, which will be given to a second-year student, will acknowledge academic performance and leadership in the Columbia Business School community.

“By giving back to the School with this first award of its kind, the club will directly honor a superlative student and also welcome a future alum,” said Ilene Moskowitz ’80, the founder and chair of the club’s new Innovation and Strategy Committee and a member of the club’s board of directors. “The Club is enthusiastic about the strength of the School, the quality of students being admitted, and the vision for the future. We hope to continue this fellowship program each year going forward.”

The first student to receive the fellowship is Ira Simkhovitch, an MBA candidate for 2014. “I am deeply humbled and honored to be selected among so many intelligent, hardworking, and mission-driven Columbia students,” Simkhovitch said. “This fellowship is a testament to the strength of the CBS community as a lifelong network. In particular, it grants me freedom to continue to pursue my long-term goal of becoming a leader in managing funds on behalf of purpose-driven organizations such as foundations, university endowments or pensions, in which the returns benefit those in need.”

The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York, founded by alumni in 1975, acts as a unique educational, business, and networking resource for all Columbia Business School alumni, students, and faculty members in New York and the surrounding tri-state region. Approximately 1,000 members participate in the club’s educational events, industry committees, and networking opportunities and take advantage of the club’s package of alumni benefits. “The School is deeply appreciative of the support of the Alumni Club of New York,” said Dean Glenn Hubbard. “The club plays a meaningful role in the lives of our local alumni and now, with this fellowship, in helping our students join their successful ranks.”