For Jonathan Machado and Jennifer Battiata, the North Campus Leadership Award made it easier to pursue their MBA degrees. The $6,000 merit-based award is given annually to new Suffolk MBA students who are residents of Lawrence, Haverhill, or Lowell.

“I was so excited when I won this scholarship,” said Battiata, who is working full-time as an operations team leader at Putnam Investments. “It’s stressful enough to go back to grad school after being out of school for three years. So not having to worry about an additional tuition expense gives me peace of mind.”

Battiata is an undergraduate alum. She knew she wanted to earn her MBA at Suffolk but was concerned about the commute into downtown Boston. That’s when she discovered Suffolk’s North Campus in Lawrence, Mass. “I was thrilled to be able to take classes in my hometown. Plus, the class sizes are small, which often leads to engaging discussions,” she said.

After graduation, she plans to become a certified financial planner. “My MBA will give me better insight into the business world and will provide me with new skills sets, strategies, and knowledge that can set me apart,” she said.

Machado also hopes his MBA will lead to career opportunities in the future. For him, Suffolk was an obvious choice. The North Campus is close to his work and home, and the scholarship made it affordable.

In addition to taking classes part-time, Machado is a commercial loan officer at Enterprise Bank and is on the boards of the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network and Jericho Road Lawrence. The North of Boston Business Magazine recently nominated him for the 40 Under 40 North of Boston Award, and he was selected to join the Mill Cities Leadership Institute class of 2016.

Leadership Award Qualifications

If you reside in Lawrence, Haverhill, or Lowell and apply to the Suffolk MBA at the North Campus for fall entry by March 15, you will automatically be considered for the award. The scholarship committee will consider merit, need, and leadership potential when evaluating applicants. Recipients must enroll in 6-11 credits during the fall and spring semesters. Contact Gerard Casal for more information.