FSB receives $500,000 gift to enhance career opportunities for students

Scott and Margie

Miami announced that it has received a $500,000 gift to support strategic efforts to enhance career and professional opportunities for Farmer School students. As a result of this gift, the lead position in the Farmer School Careers Office will be named the Schweinfurth Director of Professional Development.   

“This gift could not be more timely or welcome,” noted Farmer School dean and Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership, Jenny Darroch. “Being able to provide enhanced career guidance and support and more effectively communicate with potential employers is a game changer that will positively impact both current and future Farmer School students. Our students are beyond ready to add significant value to their employers from day one, as evidenced by our recent ranking by Poets & Quants as a Top 10 school for early career ROI.”

Scott Schweinfurth explained the reason behind the gift, “After investing a significant amount of money in a child's college education, most parent’s number one goal is for their child to receive an acceptable employment offer that will provide financial independence and graduation from the family payroll. Margie and I want to help students enhance their appeal in an ultra competitive job market. By using our endowment to enhance curriculum and experiences tied to professional skill development, we hope to enable students to obtain higher profile and better paying jobs and increase internship opportunities and placement rates.”

While at Miami, Scott was president of the Student Advisory Council, the student representative on the Business Advisory Council, treasurer of Beta Alpha Psi and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in accountancy.

Scott began his career in EY’s Chicago office, leaving 18 years later as a partner and subsequently was the CFO of three publicly held companies offering dynamic games, systems and services for the casino, lottery, social gaming, online gaming and sports betting industries. He currently serves as a consultant to GVII LLC, the entity licensed to operate the casino at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. He also currently serves on the Miami University Foundation Board and previously served on the Farmer School’s Accountancy Advisory Board.

Margie received a degree in accountancy from Michigan State University. She passed the CPA exam and was a Sells award winner. After graduation, she spent two years in EY’s Chicago office, where she and Scott met, and then joined Thomson Vacations, (now Apple Vacations), where she rose from airline accountant to CFO.

Scott and Margie have four adult children Carolyn, Andrew, Thomas ’15 and Trishie.