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Suits for Success
FCBE Launches Professional Branding Award Program

For release:  June 24, 2013

The University of Memphis’ Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE) is taking another step forward to ensure its students are completely prepared to transition into the workplace upon graduation. Through the generous support of College alumni and friends, FCBE is launching “Suits for Success,” an award program that will provide professional dress attire to qualified students.
“Our mission at Fogelman College is to make our students business-ready. This means we have an obligation to provide more than a top-notch academic education, but also to help our students develop the professional know-how to succeed in the business community,” said Dr. Rajiv Grover, dean of Fogelman College. “We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for our students to gain an additional advantage by providing those in need with appropriate business attire.”   
Today’s competitive workplace requires high levels of professional development in order to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of employers, and professional attire is a critical component. USA Today recently reported that 50% of surveyed employers identified that young college graduates make the mistake of donning inappropriate attire in an employment interview. However, given the economic challenges that many students face while pursuing an academic education, purchasing appropriate outfits can be financially challenging.  
Fogelman College is working to help solve this issue by providing professional wardrobes to selected students. Students who have successfully completed the programs offered through the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center will be able to apply to the “Suits for Success” scholarship. The Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center is a unique professional development initiative that holistically prepares business students with the etiquette and interpersonal skills to seamlessly transition into their careers.
Students selected for this will receive an award for a two-piece suit from a designated retailer, a shirt/blouse and appropriate business shoes. All of the chosen wardrobe essentials will be required to meet professional standards as set forth by the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center.
“Over 40% of our students are first generation, while 75% are reported as receiving some sort of financial aid. Providing the appropriate attire for these students for their first professional experience will help them not only in an interview, but with their future life endeavors as well,” said Kathy Tuberville, director of the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center.
The “Suits for Success” scholarship fund will be competitive for FCBE students who have completed the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development program. Those interested will be required to submit an application. Students’ academic records, faculty recommendations and financial needs will be considered in the selection process. A committee of FCBE faculty and staff will review all applications and awards will be based on fund availability.  

To learn more about the “Suits for Success” scholarship, please contact Kathy Tuberville at (901) 678-4740 or by email To contribute to this fund, please contact Adam Walker, Sr. Development Director, at (901) 678-3068 or by email

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