Julie Colombino Awarded Full 2016 Martin Bell Scholarship


WINTER PARK, FL (April 4, 2016) – The Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business has announced Julie Colombino as the recipient of its 2016 Martin Bell Scholarship. Now in its 28th year, the annual scholarship awards a leader in the nonprofit sector with full tuition for Crummer’s Executive MBA program.

Colombino is the Founder and CEO of REBUILD globally, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through education and job training in Haiti, a nation still recovering from a catastrophic earthquake that hit in 2010.

                “Julie’s work and impact on the global fight against poverty makes her an inspiration for those in the social entrepreneurship nonprofit industry and beyond,” says Jacqueline Brito, Assistant Dean of the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. “We are confident a Crummer MBA will help take both REBUILD globally and Julie’s career to the next level, and look forward to the insights she’ll bring to the classroom.”

                In 2012, Colombino first became a part of the Rollins family when she was awarded a full scholarship to the Rollins Business Accelerator. During this three-month program, growth-stage entrepreneurs learn from Crummer faculty and fellow entrepreneurs and create a development and planning process as a tool for ongoing growth.  Colombino’s Executive MBA studies will begin at Crummer in August 2016.

“I am honored to be recognized by an institution that is committed to improving the impact of innovative models of social business and nonprofit organizations through this generous scholarship, which has already helped so many organizations thrive,” she says. “Building and growing REBUILD globally has taught me that great things that can be accomplished when we empower others. I’m eager to take what I learn at Crummer to further grow our reach, impact and influence.”

In addition to the Martin Bell Scholarship, Crummer serves nonprofit professionals through its Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, which provides education and management assistance to strengthen the impact, effectiveness, and leadership of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

                Colombino is also CEO and co-owner of Deux Mains Designs, an employee-owned and operated ethical fashion company based in Haiti, born from a partnership with REBUILD globally.  Through the transformation of discarded tires and locally sourced genuine leathers, Deux Mains Designs’ craftsmen and women hand-make one-of-a-kind sandals and accessories to build a social business ecosystem and pave the way to financial security. Colombino received her bachelor’s degree in Building Communities Through the Arts from Florida International University and a master’s in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida.  Prior to founding REBUILD globally, she served as the Manager of Community Participation at the Heart of Florida United Way; she also worked as a professional aerialist with Cirque USA. 


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