Release Date: October 30, 2015
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Ten outstanding University at Buffalo students make up the current class of UB’s HSBC Scholars, a program designed to help juniors and seniors pursuing a STEM education or business-related field with financial scholarships, mentoring, paid internships, networking and other professional development.
The ongoing program includes a wide-range of support, ranging from the $5,000 annual scholarship to one-on-one mentoring by ranking bank leaders.
“UB deeply appreciates the investment of HSBC in our students,” says Elizabeth Colucci, coordinator of fellowships and scholarships at UB.
HSBC’s investment in UB students through the HSBC Scholars Program — which includes financial literacy training, access to internship and networking opportunities — is invaluable, Colucci says. UB HSBC Scholars also receive mentoring from UB alumni working at HSBC.
“This year’s cohort of students is amazing,” Colucci says. “They are involved on and off campus, and have particularly high GPAs.”
HSBC scholar Ledeebari Banuna, a junior pursuing degrees in business and political science, says she was looking for a program that included personal interaction with successful professionals in her field. The HSBC Scholars Program provided that extra dimension to her undergraduate education.
“I’m very interested in where I can get experience and explore opportunities in my field, which is business and political science,” Banuna says. “I was also looking for something with a mentorship complement, and HSBC offers that.
“So far, already, we have had a financial-literacy training workshop,” she says. “At that workshop we were able to meet some alumni from UB who work at HSBC. And we had the opportunity to network with all of them and to be able to discuss my future career goals.
“That was excellent for me,” she says, “especially because it led me to thinking about options I hadn’t thought about before.”
The program, which will continue in 2016, targets outstanding students studying in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or business-related academic programs. HSBC puts particular emphasis on technology and math, as well as on business-related academics.
Applications will be available in the spring semester. Contact Colucci at firstname.lastname@example.org in January.
“HSBC provides financial support to students majoring in business, as well as science, technology, engineering and math, because all of these areas are important to success at HSBC and to the competitiveness of Western New York’s workforce,” says Paul Stanley, program manager in corporate sustainability at HSBC.
“My colleagues and I also make it a priority to visit campus and invite HSBC Scholars to our offices multiple times throughout the year because there’s so much that we can learn from them.”
Kyle Clarey, a junior majoring in accounting, calls the HSBC Scholars Program “a great source of financial-literacy training and networking skills.”
“HSBC’s engagement effort here is truly impressive for such a large, multinational bank,” Clarey says. “I have an HSBC mentor that I communicate with periodically who provides me with advice and guidance on anything from school to career choices. I was very excited and honored to gain entrance into the program, especially because of my desire to obtain a position in investment banking.
“The experience and training that this program offers me will be a great asset as I embark in the world.”
All HSBC Scholars participate in Web-based professional development training, group telephone meetings with Scholars Programs leadership and in-person meetings with HSBC mentors. All have demonstrated a financial need.
The 10 HSBC Scholars are: