Program History

Growing out of Bob and Jan Weissman’s deep commitment to Babson, our newest and most prestigious scholarship program fulfills their desire to make an investment that will build and sustain a new level of educational excellence for future business and community leaders.

“I’ll always be grateful that I’ve lived in a society where I could aspire and achieve. Now I am banking on Babson College and Weissman Scholars to play an increasingly important role in building a better world.”

—Robert Weissman ’64, H’94, P’87 ’90

As a member of the class of 1964, Weissman’s commitment to Babson first started when he was an undergraduate student. He was granted an honorary degree from Babson in 1994 and is a parent of two Babson graduates—a son, Michael, who graduated from the undergraduate program in 1987, and a son, Chris, who graduated from the MBA program in 1990. Weissman is a member of the Babson Board of Trustees in addition to his corporate career as a chairman and CEO.

Weissman Scholars first enrolled at Babson in the fall of 2008. The first four Weissman Scholars graduated as members of Babson's Class of 2012. Currently nineteen students, across all four years, are members of the Weissman Scholars Program.

Thirteen Weissman Scholars have graduated from Babson and begun careers at technology startups, charter schools, nonprofit organizations, international automotive companies, and accounting corporations.