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Emmanuel Yimfor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan, visited the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise on Thursday, August 25th, as a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Yimfor provided a large-group presentation entitled “Race, Education and Funding Opportunities for High-Growth Startups” to Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Kenan-Flagler faculty, staff and students. Following that session, Dr. Yimfor sat down with current Kenan Scholars for a small-group discussion.

Kenan-Flagler alum and professor, Kenan Institute Fellow, investment consultant and golf enthusiast Patrick Hartley (BSBA ’76) shared some thoughts about his longtime engagement with Kenan-Flagler and support for the Kenan Scholars program.

Welcome to this month’s Kenan Scholars News in Review. Friends and supporters, we are super excited to be back and fully in-person! The first weeks of classes have been jam-packed and we are settling in to our new normal and getting used to living with COVID. Before we kicked off the new semester, staff spent the summer doing a deep dive into the findings and recommendations from our 5-year External Review. Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about the improvements and staffing changes we’re undertaking, including revamping our Board of Mentors and research competency and offering exciting new curated cross-sector summer internships.

We are delighted to share some good news about Kenan Scholar mentor, Mike Norona and his wife Helen and sons Dylan and Jordan. In honor of the family’s tremendous support and generosity to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, they have been nominated for the national 2022 Erwin Lurie Award.

Kenan Scholars are provided professional development funding (“Exploratory Funds”) for experiences that enhance development as future business leaders. Irfaun Karim (BSBA '24)  used a portion of his funds while interning abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to visit the Patagonia region. This experience provided him the opportunity to explore the region and deepen his understanding of public transportation abroad.

Application season has begun. Learn more about applying to the Kenan Scholars program.

Kenan Scholar Derek Brown (BSBA ’24) was recently spotlighted by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for his efforts in combatting societal disparities.

On Thursday, April 28, the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise held the 15th Annual Kenan Institute Student Awards. This event recognized students who have exhibited outstanding service and commitment to the Kenan Institute throughout their academic career.

Congratulations to the Kenan Scholars Class of 2022 on their graduation from UNC Chapel Hill! We are proud of each of them and look forward to seeing all that they accomplish in the future as they make the world a better place.

Jason Kilar (BSBA ’93), CEO of WarnerMedia and founding CEO of Hulu, paid a visit to his alma mater and met with current students at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to share his insights and encouragement with them. Prior to a large group presentation, Kilar provided undergraduate Kenan Scholars a highly engaging and impactful small group discussion opportunity.

Dr. Greg Brown, executive director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Finance, spoke with Kenan Scholars as part of the “Lunch & Learn” speaker series on Friday, Feb. 18. Through providing insights on research in business and answering hard-hitting questions about current policy topics, Dr. Brown helped Kenan Scholars refine their leadership goals and envision how to carry the mission of the program into their future careers.

Twenty-five sophomore students from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have been selected as members of the sixth class of undergraduate Kenan Scholars. This five-semester program, sponsored by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, brings together UNC business majors and minors that exhibit leadership and a passion for serving on campus and in the community. From Morehead-Cain Scholars to UNC ROTC to UNC Student Government, the Kenan Scholars Class of 2024 is a fantastic representation of Kenan Scholars values and impact on society.