Keefe Gorman is the managing director for Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. Before he started his nearly 30-year career that launched him to his management position at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman was a Vilas Scholar at St Lawrence University, where he received a bachelor of arts in economics.
The Bodman Foundation of New York City founded the Vilas Scholarship in 1976 in honor of an accomplished Wall Street financier named Homer A. Vilas who graduated from St. Lawrence in 1913. Not only was Mr. Vilas a successful businessman, he was also a philanthropist to many charities, including his St. Lawrence University.
The scholarship is for $88,000 for four years of study, and it goes to students who wish to pursue a liberal arts degree as a preparation for a business career. However, they are not required to declare a major in business in the liberal arts. After graduation, Vilas Scholars are assisted further by introducing them to colleagues in the alumni network.
With nearly three decades of financial industry experience, Keefe Gorman currently serves as a managing director at Merrill Lynch. Keefe Gorman earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University (SLU) under a competitive four-year scholarship. A component of his degree included studying abroad at the University of Madrid in Spain.
In its Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition, The Princeton Review gave SLU high rankings in a number of categories. Noted as being warm and welcoming, SLU ranked high in Best Alumni Network (No. 6), Impact Schools (No.10), Most Active Students Government (No.12), Most Popular Study Abroad Program (No.15), and Top Internship Opportunities (No.25).
Situated on a 1,000-acre campus in Canton, New York, the school was founded in 1856. It is the oldest continuously coeducational higher learning institution in New York State. Fall 2015 enrollment totaled 2,528 students with an average class size of 16 and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1.
Reports indicate that around 97 percent of students in the class of 2015 are working toward a higher degree in graduate school or are already employed.
Best Colleges is the one of the most popular guides of The Princeton Review and only profiles approximately 15 percent of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States.
Keefe Gorman, currently working as a managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University, where he was a Vilas Scholar. Keefe Gorman also was captain of the St. Lawrence Division I Ski Team, and competed in the 1984 Division I NCAA Skiing Championships, before launching his career in finance and joining Merrill Lynch.
St. Lawrence University recently captured headlines for winning a five-year National Science Foundation grant worth more than $600,000. The funds will be used to establish a new liberal arts science scholars program that is focused on helping underrepresented groups succeed at careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The scholars program will award scholarships to 20 students in underrepresented groups who plan to select majors in mathematics, geology, chemistry, computer science, physics or a non-clinical track of biology. Half of the scholarships will go to first-year students in the fall of 2015, and another 10 scholarships will be reserved for students beginning school in 2016.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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