Two Macalester rising seniors receive scholarships from the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust

Emilie McGuire

Two Macalester rising seniors receive scholarships from the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust

Forest Redlin

St. Paul, Minn. – Political Science major Emilie McGuire ’17 from Park Ridge, Ill., and Economics major Forest Redlin ’17, of Tempe, Ariz., have received $25,000 scholarships from the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust.

To be eligible, students had to (a) be a rising junior or senior, (b) have documented financial need, (c) be current majors in economics or political science, and (d) demonstrate interest in the role of corporations in the health of society, as captured by items such as corporate ethics, responsible management, and corporate social responsibility.

Emilie McGuire said receiving this scholarship has immeasurably helped her family financially.

“It means a lot to be recognized by the college, and to receive an award in honor of something I feel very passionately about: the role of corporate responsibility in our society,” McGuire said.

Majoring in Political Studies with a Legal Studies Concentration was the right choice for McGuire at Macalester because “I have always enjoyed studying how systems and laws govern a people as well as how they change over time.”

In high school, she participated in a constitutional debate team, and it sparked her passion for studying law.

“My education at Macalester has helped me explore that enthusiasm, as well as facilitated a better understanding of the legal pathways I can pursue in the future,” McGuire said.

Political Science professor and department chair Patrick Schmidt helped select Emilie McGuire for the Geneen scholarship.

“Emilie has distinguished herself as a student of enormous energy but also deep humility,” said Schmidt. “From the moment she stepped on campus, she has been eager to dig into complex issues, and Emilie never stops asking the most fundamental questions about responsibility and justice in society. The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust has made a wise investment in one of our future leaders.”

Forest Redlin said he was drawn to this scholarship because he found its focal point – a recognition of the importance of ethical dimensions and their intersection with responsible corporate practices – to be in alignment with many of the most stimulating debates he has had in the field of economics.

“More specifically,” Redlin said, “I am interested in the role of corporations, as I see the private sector increasingly engaged with important social and environmental issues and strongly believe my professional trajectory will place me in management roles where I will need to work with others to confront these challenges and opportunities. In this way, this scholarship acknowledges a passion of mine to think critically and advocate for ethical considerations not only in corporate practices, but also in every dimension of my personal and professional life.”

Redlin came to Macalester thinking he would study economics based on his general interest in business and a sense of himself as an entrepreneur.

“My experience at Macalester as an Economics major has provided incredible opportunities to further my understanding and engagement in this field while also exposing me to new disciplines I find very interesting,” Redlin said. “Today, regardless of the vocational field I may find myself in, I believe that my study of economics will provide a useful analytical framework when approaching any problem across disciplines.”

Economics professor and department chair Pete Ferderer was involved in the selection of Forest Redlin.

“From day one,” Ferderer said, “Forest has distinguished himself as an outstanding student who thinks deeply and critically about issues.  He is a leader on the Macalester football team and has sought out opportunities to work on development projects in Africa and environmental initiatives in France.  In short, Forest exemplifies the ideals of a liberal arts education and is highly deserving of the Geneen scholarship.”

Harold S. Geneen was the former chairman of ITT from 1959 to 1977. When he stepped down as chief executive at the end of 1977, ITT was the 11th-largest industrial company in the United States with more than 375,000 employees and $16.7 billion in revenue. According to the New York Times, Geneen’s management style and practices were widely imitated.

September 15 2016

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