February 1, 2013

Marianna Zaslavsky Wins 2013 Deirdre Collins Alcoa Scholarship

Columbia Business School Student Receives $5,000 Award


NEW YORK – Marianna Zaslavsky, who will receive her MBA from Columbia Business School this spring, has won the 2013 Deirdre Collins Alcoa Scholarship.  
Alcoa Foundation created the scholarship in memory of the former Alcoa (NYSE: AA) employee and Columbia Business School alumna who passed away in 2011. Each year for 10 years, an exceptional Columbia Business School student receives a $5,000 scholarship, which recognizes academic achievement, strong leadership, and a commitment to community service – values displayed by Deirdre, who graduated with an MBA in finance and marketing from Columbia University in 2009.
Prior to attending Columbia Business School, Zaslavsky worked for four years at Citi Private Bank, took a stab at building her own mobile app startup, held internships at technology venture capital funds in New York City and management consulting in London, and is a Senior Fellow and Board member of InSITEny.org.
Zaslavsky’s award was announced at the annual Columbia Women in Business Conference where Anne Collins, Deirdre's mother, addressed the students and Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation presented the scholarship.
“This is such a wonderful tribute to Deirdre,” said Collins. “It really means so much to our family and we are proud to support a talented MBA candidate who, like Deirdre, recognizes the importance of hard work and making a difference in the community.”
“We are honored to present this scholarship to a smart, talented and engaged Columbia Business School student who exudes the same positive, collaborative energy that Deirdre shared with her Alcoa colleagues,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “It is through this scholarship – and Deirdre’s example – that we hope to convince more women to take risks, try new things and become leaders in their communities.”

Jennifer Doorly Magaziner, a member of the Columbia Women in Business Club and the Social Enterprise Club, received the first Deirdre Collins Alcoa Scholarship in 2012. She will complete her MBA this spring and in the fall of 2013, obtain a Master's degree in Public Health. Prior to Columbia, she worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative focusing on HIV care and treatment programs.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/Alcoa.