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Rocklin, Calif. – Adding a significant new dimension to its leadership program, the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that every graduate of Leadership Rocklin is eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship for any master’s program at Drexel University’s  Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.

Launched in 2003, Leadership Rocklin brings up-and-coming leaders together for 10 months. The program was created to educate, develop and motivate emerging leaders to be involved and committed to the Rocklin area.  Leadership Rocklin encourages active community involvement in leadership positions. It also gives participants the opportunity to meet local government, business and civic leaders.

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‘What Drexel has done for Leadership Rocklin is bring the entire program to a new level of excellence,’ said Franklin Burris, Chairman of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce.  ‘By linking the substantial tuition assistance to continuing their community service through the Chamber, Drexel is making the point that those who are able to attend a university of Drexel’s caliber should also give back to their community.  This is a value that all of us currently in leadership positions share.’

The scholarship is available to any graduate admitted to Drexel since the Leadership program began eight years ago.

As part of the scholarship, recipients must perform at least 50 hours of public service through the Rocklin Chamber. This requirement continues the Leadership program’s focus on the importance of civic leadership for those who are leaders in their businesses and professions.
‘Drexel University has been a wonderful addition to the Greater Sacramento Region.  It’s been a lead sponsor of Leadership Rocklin since it arrived as well as an active member of our Chamber,’ said Robin Trimble, CEO of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce.  ‘It’s the kind of university that rolls up its sleeves and demonstrates its core values by deed, not just word.  .

‘Drexel provides state-of-the-art educational programs in areas that are going to be key to our economic future, so this is a great opportunity for all our Leadership Rocklin graduates,’ Trimble said. ‘We want to thank Drexel for offering these generous scholarships to our community’s future leaders.’

‘Leadership programs like Leadership Rocklin are investments in the most important parts of our community ย– its human capital,’ said Carl ‘Tobey’ Oxholm III, Senior Vice President of Drexel University and Dean of its Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.  ‘Since Drexel’s founding in 1891, we have implemented our founder’s vision of providing ย‘a practical educationย… to men and women’ and programs like Leadership Rocklin are designed to achieve the exact same purpose.  We are honored to partner with the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, which demonstrates its passion for community and effectiveness for its members each and every day.’  

Drexel opened its doors in Sacramento in January 2009 and more than 250 students have enrolled in its graduate programs since then. It is now enrolling students in eight graduate programs that will start in the fall. 

Drexel’s 20,000 square foot Graduate Center at One Capitol Mall is equipped with state-of-the-art, fully integrated high-technology learning systems for its programs for working professionals pursuing master’s degrees in the evenings. The university invested $1 million dollars in cutting edge audiovisual/collaboration technology to revolutionize how higher education can be delivered.  It routinely donates its space and technology for use by not-for-profit institutions.

All of the academic programs Drexel offers are focused at the heart of Greater Sacramento’s growth and economic development initiatives ย– health, entrepreneurial business, human resources, education, knowledge management and information science.  Drexel has created scholarship and grant programs exclusively for the Sacramento region to help its business and civic organizations and its people press ahead with their development initiatives through the current tough economic climate.

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