A full scholarship to Babson was a gift Mikki Wosencroft ’99 has never forgotten.
“It’s been on my mind ever since I got the scholarship that one day I’ll pay this back,” she says, “because I knew that I wouldn’t be here without it.”
By “here,” Wosencroft means director of human resources, North America, at the fashion and luxury goods company Celine in New York City. Prior to that, she held positions at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, and L’Oréal. “Almost all of the jobs I’ve had,” she adds, “were the result of some point of reference of my Babson education.”
Wosencroft became part of the Babson Legacy Society with a charitable bequest through her life insurance, so she could make similar scholarships available to students in need. The Legacy Society offers an array of planned gift options for alumni and friends of the College, which can support campus programs and initiatives that are most personally meaningful. “Everything I have is from the education I got,” she says. Comparing notes with friends from high school after her first year at Babson, she remembers realizing she already was ahead of the game: “While they were taking general ed classes, I already knew how to break down a balance sheet and understood why they changed the queueing at Starbucks.”
Richard Abbott ’69 re-established his ties with Babson about five years ago, and joining the Babson Legacy Society has been part of that connection. He is hopeful his former classmates can return to campus, especially during their milestone 50th reunion year and in honor of the College’s Centennial.
“The major capital investments at the College are impressive,” says the retired management executive. “The national and international outreach programs continue to make Babson academically recognized, and I strongly support the continued growth of athletics and campus organizations that encourage alumni to remain connected to the College.”